Black/grey dust on bottom of the pool

nparman

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Jun 20, 2018
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Concord, CA
I’ve been dealing with grey dots piles of “dust” for lack of a better word to describe them. They disappear easily when I brush, but then are back the next day.
I recently did a partial drain to lower my CYA. Because of that, my PH is high and alkalinity is low. I also had a small green algae outbreak during the pool drain, since my city required me to remove any chlorine before draining into the sewer. I’m addressing the ph and alkalinity as we speak, but I’m worried about the spots being black algae.
Photos are attached.
Here are my current levels:
Ph: 8.2 (adding acid tonight)
Alkalinity: 63 ppm (just added more)
FAC: 10.5
TAC: 11.2
CYA: 75
CH: 226
TDS: 1000
 

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Msch99

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Jun 11, 2018
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Verona, MO
What test kit do you have? These look like pool store tests which are notoriously unreliable. We recommend either the TF100 or Taylor K2006c
The experts won’t be able to give much advice on your levels without a proper kit.

Are you adding something to raise TA at the same time you are trying to lower PH? The TA is fine where it is at if it is accurate. If so you will probably end up with both of them bouncing around.
 

nparman

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Jun 20, 2018
7
Concord, CA
Thanks for your response. I normally use the k2006, but i got these from the pool store since I was already there to pick up chemicals. My k2006 results I pulled the day before were in the same ballpark.

I added TA just before the acid to offset the expected increase from the acid.
 

nparman

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Jun 20, 2018
7
Concord, CA
...shoot, I guess I had it backwards. I guess my alkalinity will be too high then after this :(. This is the first time my ph has ever been out of range, if you can’t tell :).

My main concern is still the black/grey areas in the photos, and whether or not is black algae.
 

Msch99

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Jun 11, 2018
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Verona, MO
Perform an OCLT this evening then post up your K2006 test results tomorrow. The experts will be able to guide you from there. If they are stains you should pass the OCLT.

OCLT
Good Luck! 😀