Very cloudy pool using Baquacil

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roundpoolwoman

Very cloudy pool using Baquacil

Postby roundpoolwoman » Thu 08 Jun, 2006 08:42

:cry: We are having a problem this year with our pool. We use the Baquacil product and not chlorine. We have put all the necessary chemicals in it and the ph and everything look fine on the test strips. The water is very cloudy and can't get it to clear up. I just put some flocculant in it a day ago and it still hasn't cleared up. Can anyone help me. Sincerely, I need a clear pool


24round

Cloudy

Postby 24round » Mon 10 Jul, 2006 20:49

I've been having same issue. Use Baquacil products weekly/monthly shock. Take Water samples to shop and they say all levels are good. Backwashed. Cleaned sand filter. Backwashed. Used Flocculant. Clarifier. Backwashed again. Still nothing. Can't think of anything else. STILL VERY CLOUDY but appears clean. Any luck since June 8th posting? I miss my clear pool.
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Postby Guest » Sun 13 Aug, 2006 13:04

You probably have watermold. To me this is the only bad thing about baquacil but it doesn't happen to everyone. Here's some homework: Take out your skimmer basket and feel aroudn for any white slime. ALso around the stairs or jets- anyplace with little circulation. High shock and haze are good signs of water mold. Here's the solution: You need to add water clarifier and flocculant to the skimmer. 24-48 hours later you need to DOUBLE shock your pool.Never turn the pump off during this. The complete directions for this are on the back of the baquacil water clarifier bottle. This process works very well- better if you're not on a filter such as sand or de (which I hate). Don't let this turn you from baquacil- if you've noticed the chlorine to baquacil problems on this forum are 100-1.
ctaggart

cloudy pool

Postby ctaggart » Tue 31 Jul, 2007 18:10

We have also had a cloudy pool, started over a week ago. We added extra shock and sanitizer along with algecide. Still cloudy, then we added the flocculant. Cleared up some, but noticed cloudy water shooting in from the return. Backwashed, after 1 minute, red came out. I now have the filter cleaner in it. Hopefully that will solve the problem. If not, anyone else have any suggestions?
ctaggart

baquacil blues

Postby ctaggart » Tue 21 Aug, 2007 21:27

An update..... I tried everything to clear our pool, we had no signs of algae in the pool or the white flakes, but the skimmer basket and return had red algae when I took them apart. We decided we had spent too much money ($400 total). For $60, I dumped in 16 gallons of chlorine shock, within 3 days our water was clear and ready to swim in. It turned muddy brown, then swamp green, then it looked like Mountain Dew, then it cleared up. We have a 24' round pool, first we dumped in 8 gallons of shock, waited a few hours, added 2 more (Thursday evening). On Saturday we dumped in 6 more gallons of shock to clear the last of the yellow tinge. We have had nothing but clear water!
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Postby chem geek » Wed 22 Aug, 2007 09:02

ctaggart,

What you have done by using chlorine to shock a Baquacil pool is to convert from a Baquacil pool to a chlorine pool. As you experienced, it is a very colorful conversion event and takes lots of chlorine to get through it. The chlorine breaks down the Baquacil, which is why in a Baquacil pool you have to use hydrogen peroxide to shock the pool instead of using chlorine to do so. So you no longer have a Baquacil pool and should no longer use Baquacil products -- just use chlorine instead. If this is an outdoor pool, you will need to add Cyanuric Acid (CYA) to the water to prevent the chlorine from getting broken down too quickly by sunlight. You can use Dichlor as a chlorine source for a while as for every 1 ppm FC you add with Dichlor it also adds 0.9 ppm to CYA. When you've added around 33 to 56 ppm FC worth of Dichlor cumulatively, you can then switch to using unscented bleach or chlorinating liquid which only has chlorine and does not have CYA.

For the other posters,

There are specific products designed to work against white water (tissue) mold in a Baquacil pool. These include United Chemical "Pink Treat" (named as such since it also works against "pink slime", which is really a bacteria) and BioGuard Soft Swim Assist. The latter is a combination of sodium chlorite and Dichlor that combined in water form chlorine dioxide which is a very powerful, though short-lived, sanitizer and should be very effective against both pink slime and white water/tissue mold.

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Re: baquacil blues

Postby Backglass » Wed 22 Aug, 2007 13:15

ctaggart wrote:We have had nothing but clear water!


You also no longer have a Baquacil pool! Welcome to the wonderful clear world of chlorine. :lol:
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Cloudy pool using Baquacil

Postby Guest » Wed 18 Mar, 2009 18:34

Don't let this turn you from baquacil- if you've noticed the chlorine to baquacil problems on this forum are 100-1.

And the chlorine to baquacil user ratio is 1,000:1, meaning baquacil is 10 times more likely to result in pool water problems.
Effplayer2

Very cloudy pool using Baquacil

Postby Effplayer2 » Fri 14 Aug, 2009 09:02

roundpoolwoman wrote: :cry: We are having a problem this year with our pool. We use the Baquacil product and not chlorine. We have put all the necessary chemicals in it and the ph and everything look fine on the test strips. The water is very cloudy and can't get it to clear up. I just put some flocculant in it a day ago and it still hasn't cleared up. Can anyone help me. Sincerely, I need a clear pool



Hi, I am having the same problem and am waiting for my flocculant to work I hope. Have you had your problem fixed yet? Please let me know, ok. Thanks
aa1113

Very cloudy pool using Baquacil

Postby aa1113 » Fri 14 Aug, 2009 20:41

We have an above ground vinyl pool, 5,000 gallons, with the same problem. For the last 4 months the pink slime does not go away and it seems like we are getting more and more. We bought the Bacquacil CDX and have cleaned the filter a few times. I can't deal with it anymore. I am ready to get rid of the pool. Bacquacil is very expensive. How do you convert to Chlorine? Is there step by step instructions? Do you leave the filter on while you do it? Do you vacumm the ugly foam, etc? PLEASE HELP! :(

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