Brown spots


New member
Jul 11, 2020
Florence, SC
I am new to this forum and new to caring for my pool. I have a 5000 gal fiberglass in-ground pool. I have been struggling with brown (mineral spots?) in my pool. I can't get the pool balanced for more than a couple days and then these brown spots start forming. They are heavy on the flat surfaces and also on the walls. It will not brush off. A local pool company sold me a bottle of ascorbic acid powder that was about $49.00. When I put it in the pool the spots immediately disappeared. They never told me how to prevent it from happening....only what would fix it. Cheap vitamin C fixes it immediately like magic. HOW DO I STOP IT FROM FORMING?



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TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
Northern NJ
Welcome to TFP.

Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid treatment means they are iron stains.

The iron can be from your fill water. What is the source of your water?