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Thread: Trying to clear slimy, clear, jell like substance

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    Jul 2013
    upstate new york

    Trying to clear slimy, clear, jell like substance

    Hi, I have a 22ft. 52" intex ultra frame pool. 2,500 GPH intex cartridge filter.I was using HTH floc with no problem. I went to local pool dealer and found BioGuard power floc. I added 10 ounces BioGuard powerfloc. Then my water started having a slimy, clear, jell like substance. It settles to bottom overnight, won't vacuum up. Quickly disperses when the least little motion comes close to it. Was using HTH floc, no problem. Jell collects on cartridge filter, can hose it off but will take a lot of cleaning each day. I was thinking of purchasing the HTH again and adding it to pool hoping this will grab the slime. Did anyone ever have this encounter and how did you fix this problem? Thank you

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    Jul 2010
    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: Trying to clear slimy, clear, jell like substance

    Welcome to tfp, Logicalmind

    In general, we don't recommend the use of floc on tfp, since if it works it masks the underlying problem temporarily. See this pool school article:

    Why are you using the floc?
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Redmond, OR

    Re: Trying to clear slimy, clear, jell like substance

    Hello Logicalmind,
    Welcome to TFP!

    Glad to have you here.

    The 1st thing that comes to mind since you can't filter it out is to SLAM your pool. This stands for "Shock Level and Maintain". You can read about it in pool school, see my sig.
    This will begin to break down that Goo, allowing your filter and vac to do their job.

    You'll need one of our recommended test kits to do this, as well as to continue to maintain your pool the TFP way. See my sig link titled "TF100 Test Kit" for a comparison.

    We do not recommend the use of flocculant as a regular treatment and using the TFP method is completely unnecessary. I have an Intex pool and last year with the tiny pump and filter in my sig, I kept a sparkle clean pool. Nothing but bleach and muratic acid.
    We do use floc on occasion to help people clear their swamps and the like, but It's not a regular thing and only in special cases.

    In normal daily maintenance, floc should NEVER be necessary.

    TFP isn't so much about using specific chemicals, as it is understanding and educating yourself as to what those chemicals and others do and how. Thus the effect on your pool and your pocketbook. This happens through use of a proper test kit, pool school and this forum and its collective knowledge and experience.

    Lastly, if you want to try something else, disconnect.the suction side simmer hose, weigh it down on the bottom of the pool and leave it there. Take the return and try to point it high with a pvc elbow that'll fit in its hole. I found one at HD for this purpose, one end just press fits in to the return.
    This should grab that Goo with minimal disturbance. As for cleaning the filter.... yeah, you'll have to do that . Aaallllooootttt!

    Try 2 nylons from those cheap'o 29c clear eggs @ Walmart. Use both, one toe over each end, drawn tight and evenly distributed over the length of the filter pleats of the cartridge with no wrinkles. This should be used anyway, just makes life easier with those Intex undersized filters. It adds additional surface area and a finer Micron filter. Also easier to hose off as the bugs and bits don't get hurried inside the filter where they're hard to hose out.
    Don't bother with this on the skimmer, doesn't work due to water bypass of the basket since it's non-sealed.
    Thanks for reading... - Tony
    Da' Pool: Intex 15'x42" 3284gal AGP EasySet (Inflatable Ring) - (Summer 2014: 27' round EW /w 6.5' deep end @ 22,500gal)
    Pump & Cart Mod: 1000gph Cart. 5ft - 2 nylons, 24/7 OP. Traps bugs/bits, lasts longer/cleans easier = Happier Pool Owner!!
    The Bible for a "Trouble Free Pool" life = PoolSchool, the BBB method a TF100 test kit(Recommend Kits Compared). - Cleaning a Sand Filter
    Water looks like GLASS, if yours doesn't...SLAM IT! Feels nice and never been happier!!! :D

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