Help! I have a few spots of green algae beginning to form on walls, but just did AA treatment 1 week ago!

Jbgelatt

Member
Jul 16, 2020
9
NJ
So we did an Ascorbic acid treatment on our 45,000 gallon pool (plaster) a little over a week ago (added sequestering agent, brought chlorine up slowly) and the pool looks great, I thought our chlorine had been holding, but this morning I noticed about 3 small areas of green algae starting to form on walls. I know everyone says not to shock for 2 weeks but we’re only on day 9 - any ideas what I should do? It’s also been super hot and humid the last several days (in NJ), so don’t know if that’s a factor...I would just hate to shock, make the kids stay out of the pool for a few days, and possibly have all the stains come back😢
 

ajw22

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TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
19,304
Northern NJ
Welcome to TFP.

You need to tip toe the line between stains coming back and an algae bloom.

Check your FC level as often as you can and maintain it. Don't let the algae drag your FC level down. Brush the pool often.

Eventually you will need to brave the SLAM Process and hope the stains do not return.

Next time wait until the Spring or Fall when the water is cold to do an AA treatment.
 

Jbgelatt

Member
Jul 16, 2020
9
NJ
Thanks - so you don’t think I should just do a regular “overnight” shock with Cal-hypo or liquid chlorine and some additional sequestering agent? Can I do those at the same time? The reason for the late AA treatment is the fact that we didn’t get our pool up and running until late June (we just moved into the house and it was sitting for 5 years - it was quite labor intensive).
 

carlos31820

LifeTime Supporter
Nov 22, 2010
411
Midland, Georgia
Maybe add some Polyquat 60 to keep new algae from growing. Did you add any Polyquat while doing the AA treatment? It's recommended since the AA treatment wipes out all the chlorine.
 

Jbgelatt

Member
Jul 16, 2020
9
NJ
I actually added a different algicide yesterday and brushed twice. I have polyquat 60 on hand - I didn’t add during the aa treatment because we had shocked and used an algicide right before the treatment and I felt like there was still quite a bit of residual in there. I was reading yesterday that polyquat can actually bring chlorine down quite a bit so at this point, I thought it wouldn’t be a good idea.