Black dust - could be algae - on bottom of pool

Algae problems in swimming pool water.
Green (cloudy) water or slimy pool walls.
Black algae. Mustard algae. Pink or white pool mold.
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Black dust - could be algae - on bottom of pool

Postby alligratorthenyou » Wed 08 Aug, 2012 09:33

i have this black stuff on the bottom of the pool. i dont know if its algae. weve tried everything. it doesnt come off it just sits on the bottom of the pool. we have tried to scrub it off with a hard brush but it scraped the liner. does anyone know what it is


RM

Black dust - could be algae - on bottom of pool

Postby RM » Mon 20 Aug, 2012 17:14

Did anyone find a solution for this? I have the same problem. Small patches that look like dirt and they vacuum or brush away instantly. They come back a few hours later in the exact same spots. I've been running my Salt generator at 100% for 2 days and still can not get rid of them. My chlorine is very high at the moment and I would think Algae would be gone. Any help appreciated.
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Black dust - could be algae - on bottom of pool

Postby idieh » Mon 17 Sep, 2012 15:56

Have the same problem with our inground pool. Am told that it is a black algae that is a pain to get rid of.

According to this website, www.justanswer.com/home-improvement/Ouf ... -thay.html, there is a way to battle it so am going to try it. Remember dealing with it a few years ago, and had a fantastic pool guy that helped me but didn't remember what I had done and my guy is no longer in business. :(

One thing he always told me was everytime I put liquid chlorine in the pool, was to also put in 1 C of Acid. Needless to say I haven't been the one doing the pool chems and no longer have the same pool guy so it shows.

Good luck everyone
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Re: Black dust - could be algae - on bottom of pool

Postby JIvories » Wed 09 May, 2018 06:37

Ok, this thread is 6 years old, but I have the same problem. Black dust, maybe a kind of algae, that dissipates quickly when you brush or vacuum. Then reappears because too fine for filter. Have people on this list found any solution other than vaccumming it all to waste (which wastes a lot of water and you have to do it repeatedly)?

I think I tried clarifier last year and it didn't work. Is flock the answer, to pull in together, then vacuum to waste or let filter?

Someone could make a lot of money by coming up with the right product for this!
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Re: Black dust - could be algae - on bottom of pool

Postby Teapot » Wed 09 May, 2018 15:26

Black algae is a black coloured bacteria and isn't free floating so what you have is fine silt. How insanely powerful is your pool pump compared to the tiny sand filter I am guessing you have, sizes please.

Slowing down filtration speed can increase your filtration efficiency by around 4x. It can save a truck load of money in electricity to. What I generally do is put a good cotton towel in the skimmer, put the vacuum plate over the lot and vacuum the fine silt up. Pointless if your pump is too powerful as the dirt gets dragged through, gently is better. Full power is ok for backwash but not for filtration.
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Re: Black dust - could be algae - on bottom of pool

Postby rustytime2 » Fri 02 Jul, 2021 14:04

Has anyone figured out what the problem was and how to fix it? I have the black looking stuff in the creases in the bottom of my pool. We’ve treated for mustard and black algae. We vacuum to wasted you name it we’ve done it. This stuff keeps coming back. We are at a loss. I hope someone has answers to what is happening
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Re: Black dust - could be algae - on bottom of pool

Postby Phil.c » Mon 05 Jul, 2021 03:09

I had lots of black dust for a long time, but now it's sorted, being so fine, my filter wouldn't hold it so, the easiest way to get rid of it is to vacuum it out to waste, bypassing the filter, a day or so later I had much less but still some on the bottom, vacuuming this again has got rid of it completely, but make sure the water is correctly balanced to stop it returning.
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Re: Black dust - could be algae - on bottom of pool

Postby Denniswiseman » Mon 05 Jul, 2021 08:17

Sand filters can be improved by the addition of DE ( diatomaceous earth ) to the filter through the skimmer
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Re: Black dust - could be algae - on bottom of pool

Postby Phil.c » Mon 05 Jul, 2021 09:27

Just wondering if it is removed when backwashing or does it stick to the sand?
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Re: Black dust - could be algae - on bottom of pool

Postby tgpool » Mon 06 Sep, 2021 16:08

24 ft round circular above ground pool

Believe I have the same issues for the last 3 years. Nothing I have done has removed it. I have supershocked the pool for 4 to 5 days straight at various different points, vacuumed to waste, made sure my CYA was about 40, madr sure pool water was balanced,, regularly run my filter,, etc this substance continually returns.

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