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Thread: We have a bad algea outbreak!

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    We have a bad algea outbreak!

    I'm soooo embarassed to admit this but have algea. Our pool was awesome and the weather was nice, we used it for like a week and then it got cold and we got busy. I sadly neglected my pool for far too long. We went out today to check on it and it was solid green and smelly. I dumped a big jug of 12% bleach in and backwashed the filter and brushed it a bit as well as threw in the robot.

    I'm so mad at myself. Normally I'm so good at taking care of it but life got in the way.

    CYA <20 (not sure as i could still see the dot at the top of the tube)
    TA 80
    PH 7.8
    FC 5
    CC .5

    HELP!!!!!
    24' AG - Built July 06
    Sand filter
    SWG
    2 - 2x20 Solar panels

    Can't wait for the warm weather!!!

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    Re: We have a bad algea outbreak!

    Recommended reading for killing algae
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/categ...efeating_algae

    Probably need to stock up on bleach. And the bleach will drive up you ph, and so you should watch that.

    Good luck

    Randy
    20,000 gal fiberglass pool, Raypak 266k BTU Lo Nox gas heater, Purex 2048 48 sq ft DE filter, 1.5hp pump. iWave wireless remote, Pulsafeeder chlorine pump, Safety cover on most of the time

    seperate spa, with own pump, cartridge filter, Teledyne heater

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    Re: We have a bad algea outbreak!

    Nothing that can't be undone. Read the basic pool chemistry stuff up in pool school.

    You're gonna' need to get shock your pool and hold the high FC in your pool 'til it's back clear.

    Once it's clear, bring your CYA up to around 30-50ppm.

    That process will have little affect on your pH and don't even try to test it when the FC is really high.....the pH test is invalif in the presence of high FC.
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    Re: We have a bad algea outbreak!

    I've been socking it with bleach again and it's not green but you can't see the bottom. I'm hoping that it will be clear by tomorrow. Will dump some more bleach in before bed.

    Silly me
    24' AG - Built July 06
    Sand filter
    SWG
    2 - 2x20 Solar panels

    Can't wait for the warm weather!!!

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    Re: We have a bad algea outbreak!

    There's no need to be embarrassed about getting algae. It happens, just like life happens. Keep the FC up and brush the bottom even when you can't see it. You'll get it back. YOU'RE the boss over the pool, not the other way around
    — AnnaK —

    12,000 gal AGP, Hayward sand filter, Pentair 2-speed pump, timer.
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