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    Is there a differance in bleach?

    Is there a difference in bleach you buy at a "dollar store" than in the stuff you would buy at a Walmart or other like grocery store? The reason for me asking is we were at a "dollar store" the other day and needed bleach so we got some and added it to the pool. Now the pool seems cloudy could this be the reason?
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    Re: Is there a differance in bleach?

    Hard to say, but there was a gal on here using dollar store bleach to shock her pool and was having much trouble....the ingredients didn't specify a percentage so it's not clear what was IN the dollar store bleach. Once she switched to a more recognizable brand she was doing better, I assume she hasn't posted any problems....

    I'd stick to Clorox, Wal-mart or a store brand you trust, I've used Aldi bleach, Target, Safeway, etc. and the pool store 12.5 % when it's on sale.

    There could be other reasons for your cloudy water.

    So we can help you better, a full set of test results would be good, as well as your method of testing (a kit, strips, the pool store?).

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Is there a differance in bleach?

    We use the TFP test kit to test our water with and everything has been going great until we used this other bleach thats why I was asking if there was a difference with it. It didnt even smell bleachy when I poured it in. I guess that's what I get for trying to be cheap and not burn the gas to drive to Walmart !
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    Re: Is there a differance in bleach?

    Here are our numbers from tonight just done ,


    FC 6.5
    CC 0 0
    TC 6.5
    CYA 40 ( has dropped from 60 last time I checked it)
    TA 90
    PH 7.8
    TEMP 82

    I think its the "dollar store" bleach we added that made our water cloudy. I think these numbers look good with the acception of the PH being slightly high. Should I shock the pool just in case we are having an algae bloom ?
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    Re: Is there a differance in bleach?

    No, you have no cc....I wouldn't shock yet....give your filter a chance to clear it....run it 24/7 for a day or two.

    Who knows what was in that container....
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