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    Started Conversion

    Hi everyone,

    First off, I'd like to thank everyone for all the information on this forum! I've learned a lot!

    I have a 15x30 AG since July of 2006. The pool supplier started us on Baq and the water looked great last year. Since June, I've been battling a red slime which they tell me is a fungus/mold. I've spent lots of money trying to battle this and finally gave up!

    Two days ago, Sunday, August 12th, the conversion began. We used the pool Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening the first "dose" of bleach was poured in! Wow, what pretty colors (ha ha). I'm adding bleach at 11am, 5pm and 11pm. Obviously, we are not even close to having clear water yet. Oh, I received my TF Test Kit yesterday!!! This morning, before adding bleach, I tested and show 3ppm Chlorine. I guess that's better than 0.

    I have some questions:
    1. I'm having electrical issues with my pump this morning and probably will not leave the filter running while I'm gone. My electrician will be here around 4pm today. How bad will this be for the conversion process? Will it cause other issues? I live near Austin, Texas and the temperature has been right at 100 degrees the last few days including today so my water temperature is about 92 degrees.

    2. During the conversion process, does the water have a bad odor to it? I figured it might smell like bleach but it's more of a swampy bad smell.

    3. A few weeks ago when I first found this forum, I saw pictures of someone's conversion process. I've been looking for those pictures so I can compare my "muddy water look" to others who converted but can't seem to find those pictures. If anyone knows what I'm talking about, could you please let me know where I saw them?

    4. At this time, I'm only testing for chlorine, correct? If I should be testing for anything else before the chlorine holds the 15ppm overnight, please let me know.

    I've been taking pictures of the water throughout each day since Sunday afternoon before the bleach was entered into the pool so I can compare and watch my progress.

    Thanks again for all the help!
    Leander, Texas (nw of Austin)
    Leander, TX (nw of Austin)

    15x30 AG converting from BaquaPoo to BBB
    Can't wait to see sparkling water again!

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    Hi Debbie, Welcome to the club! I had the red slime too. Nasty!!!!

    I am on the last leg of my conversion, and just added new pictures which you can see here: ... ToChlorine

    The other pictures you saw were probably on

    As far as the odor, I really only noticed a strong chlorine smell like what you typically smell in a public pool.

    Now that you have your test kit, I think you could test and top up the chlorine more often than the times you stated. Several times I was at 1 FC even with less than 3 hours since the last dose. Just pay attention to the amount of reagent in your bottle of the R-0871. I went through a whole bottle in 5 days and now I am having to wing it until I can get more. (luckily the folks in this forum have been very helpful!)

    Good luck and I hope it goes faster for you than it has been for me! Ha!
    Current Pool: IG Concrete / 11,000 gal. / Sand filter / Solar heat / Hayward CL200 / Screened / TF Testkit
    Pool owner since 2001. Thanks TFP for helping me convert off Baquacil after six years!

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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD
    Leaving the pump off for a few hours is not a problem. Leaving the pump off for a couple of days would be a serious problem. You don't want to add chlorine unless the pump is running.

    Mostly you only test chlorine, but you also want to make sure that the PH doesn't get way out of range. The one challenge is that the PH test is not very accurate if the FC level is above 10. So test PH now and then when FC is low and try to keep it between 7.0 and 7.6 (which usually it will be anyway so not normally all that important).
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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    Thanks for all the help. The pump is off until this evening when I take my dinner break around 5pm (I work 1-10pm). Hopefully the electrician will figure out what's tripping the breaker and have it fixed quickly. I will test the pH at 5pm and will continue to post my progress... well, hopefully it will be "progress" throughout this conversion!
    Leander, TX (nw of Austin)

    15x30 AG converting from BaquaPoo to BBB
    Can't wait to see sparkling water again!

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    Charleston, SC
    Here are the pictures from my conversion:
    18' Round ABG (8000 gallon)
    Hayward X-Stream Cartridge Filter
    1.5hp Hayward PowerFlo Matrix Pump
    80 sq. ft. solar panels
    Goldline automated solar controller

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    Well the filter is back up and running 24/7! I added more bleach and then took the pH test. Now I see I should have tested pH before adding the bleach. I'll do that in the morning. The pH was between the 7.8 and 8.2 colors so I guess 8.0 would the be approximate number. I've been backwashing each time before adding bleach. The backwash water was pinkish red and foamy. I guess that's the slime coming out of the pool. Looking at the water in the pool, it's still very murky but now has millions of pink pieces of slime(?) floating in it. The water still has a bad odor to it... so strong it could be smelled in our front yard and also our neighbors' yards. I hope they don't start complaining.

    If someone could tell me how to upload pictures to my messages, I could post some from the last couple of days.

    Thanks again for all your help.

    Leander, TX (nw of Austin)
    Leander, TX (nw of Austin)

    15x30 AG converting from BaquaPoo to BBB
    Can't wait to see sparkling water again!

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    One way to do photos is through a hosting service like photo bucket.
    You upload the photos there, and they give you an img link that you can paste here.

    8200 gallon 20' x 48" round vinyl frame pool,
    Intex SWCG, 12" sand filter, 1600gph pump, TF100 test kit
    Handy Links: PoolMath, TF-100 Test Kit, Pool School, Chlorine/CYA Chart
    "Shock" is a process, not a product!

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    This morning gives me hope that this conversion was the best decision! I can see the bottom of the pool!!!! Well, not very easily but yesterday I could only see as far down as the top step on ladder. It's still very murky looking but when I'm vacuuming I can actually see the "clean" path the vacuum is leaving. Also, the chlorine held over night at a little above 15ppm which was where it was late last night. I did check my pH this morning before doing anything and the color is between 7.5 and 7.8. I'll keep posting my progress.

    I will work on posting some photos.
    Thanks again for all the help!
    Leander, TX (nw of Austin)

    15x30 AG converting from BaquaPoo to BBB
    Can't wait to see sparkling water again!

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    Jul 2007
    Eastern Pennsylvania
    That is just excellent!

    The day will come when my friend in Virginia will be very unhappy with her BaquaX pool and when that happens, I'll guide her to some of the conversion successes on this forum.


    12,500 gal AGP, Hayward sand filter, Pentair 2-speed pump, timer.
    Please visit our Pool Issues pages for information about step weights, managing the solar cover, and PoolSkim.

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    14,000 gallon, in ground, plaster, free form, play pool.
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