Totaly lost, need some help please

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justchad
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Location: michigan

Totaly lost, need some help please

Postby justchad » Thu 16 Jul, 2009 14:22

Ok, gonna try to get all the info that I can out there, please let me know if I leave anything out thats needed. :)

Pool is an Intex sand and sun 18x4

The test I have is a test strip from aqua chek
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total hardness aprx 250

total chlorine 1

free chlorine 1

ph 7.8

total alkalinity 180

cyanuric acid 20
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The chemical I have on hand are

SeaKlear - Phosphate Remover

SeaKlear - Natural Clarifier

On Guard - algitec - 50

Muriatic Acid 20º BE' (not sure what the 20º BE' means but wanted to add it incase its important LOL)

PoolLife pH Minus - Balancer (active is Sodium Bisulfate)

ProTeam Power Magic Superoxidizer (actives are Calcium Hypochlorite 47.6%, Sodium Tetraborate Pentahydrate 29.8%.


Not sure where to go from here LOL

The pool is still murky, although I can now see the bottom!

Could someone please point me in the right direction, it would seem my total alkalinity is to high but sure If I have the right chemical to bring it down or not LOL.


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Totaly lost, need some help please

Postby RMS1 » Mon 17 Aug, 2009 22:45

justchad wrote:Ok, gonna try to get all the info that I can out there, please let me know if I leave anything out thats needed. :)

Pool is an Intex sand and sun 18x4

The test I have is a test strip from aqua chek
----------------------------------------------
total hardness aprx 250

total chlorine 1

free chlorine 1

ph 7.8

total alkalinity 180

cyanuric acid 20
----------------------------------------------

The chemical I have on hand are

SeaKlear - Phosphate Remover

SeaKlear - Natural Clarifier

On Guard - algitec - 50

Muriatic Acid 20º BE' (not sure what the 20º BE' means but wanted to add it incase its important LOL)

PoolLife pH Minus - Balancer (active is Sodium Bisulfate)

ProTeam Power Magic Superoxidizer (actives are Calcium Hypochlorite 47.6%, Sodium Tetraborate Pentahydrate 29.8%.


Not sure where to go from here LOL

The pool is still murky, although I can now see the bottom!

Could someone please point me in the right direction, it would seem my total alkalinity is to high but sure If I have the right chemical to bring it down or not LOL.



Chlorine 1.5-3.5
pH 7.6-7.8, not 7.2. Too much acid
Alkalinity is a bit high, so try to get it down to 80-100
Hardness on the money, between 150-250
Cyanuric acid 50-70.

To lower the TA pour about 1/4 bottle in the deepest part of the pool with the filter off. Do this at night, then in the morning turn the pump back on and allow to circulate, 2-3 hours, then re-check the alk. Should be down. If the pH goes to 7.4, don't worry, just allow it to come up naturally. alot of people want to manhandle the pool, but when you're doing what's right, the pool will tell you what it needs. Keep the tab floater full.
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Totaly lost, need some help please

Postby chem geek » Tue 18 Aug, 2009 00:01

The FC/CYA ratio you recommend is too low to prevent algae growth without the use of a supplemental algaecide or phosphate remover. See this post.

Also, continued use of Trichlor tabs will increase the CYA level. For every 10 ppm Free Chlorine (FC) added by Trichlor, it also increases CYA by 6 ppm. Even a low 1 ppm FC per day use means an increase in CYA of over 100 ppm if there is no water dilution. The higher CYA level will make chlorine less effective so algae could grow. In this case, it sounds like a phosphate remover is being used so that could prevent such algae growth (if phosphates don't come from any source other than orthophosphate).

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