First time at TFP, First Pool, First Problem


Gold Supporter
May 10, 2019
Winchester, VA
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
Wow, thanks for the heads up! I'll look into removing the Nature 2 mineral cartridge (I've seen other posts on here about how to do it without damaging the cap), or just cutting it out of the line entirely (it's just patching a PVC pipe after all).

It's amazing the amount of trouble I was looking to get into if I followed the pool builder's advice and used all of their recommended chemicals. They've partnered with BioGuard which pushes all kinds of "Blue" products, a buzzword which I read elsewhere on here is a key hint that copper is included. I checked the BioGuard Silkguard tablets and sure enough they include just under 1% copper sulfate pentahydrate (not to mention the CYA). They would have had me regularly using trichlor tablets with copper, weekly shock treatments with multiple bags of dichlor, 3 oz/wk of 13% copper-sulfate algaecide, and 11 oz/wk of their phosphate-removing clarifier potion.

I'm more thankful than ever that I found you guys early on.
Rather than being constantly disheartened by an out-of-control pool, my biggest problem now is what to do with hundreds of dollars of worse-than-worthless chemicals that are sitting in the storage shed...
Luckily I found this place near the end of my build. They didn't insert the mineral cartridge because the plaster had to cure so I never installed it. I just left the blank cap in place. I get questions all the time about how my pool is so clear without the use of algecides and all the other magic potions the pool store promotes. I just say thank you and smile then point them to this group. Be patient, read and ask questions. You'll be an expert in no time.


Bronze Supporter
May 29, 2019
Return it, sell it (morally that is difficult), or take to the local household hazardous waste site.
Agree. I have the same issue. $300 plus of worthless chems. Though for vacations you can use the pucks to keep your pool chlorinated while you are gone. Still, I have lots of other chems that as @mknauss says I just can't bring myself to foist upon another unsuspecting pool owner! I could never manage/own a pool store! ROFL


Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Jun 16, 2019
Still, I have lots of other chems that as @mknauss says I just can't bring myself to foist upon another unsuspecting pool owner!
Tellin ya. Lol. The guy who bought mine was a property manager buying them for ‘some rich guys indoor pool’ that he maintained that was a swamp from his methods not working. He was not ready to learn and he was buying powdered shock with or without me. I wasn’t scamming him in the least.