Frogs And Our Pool

by Carol
(New Jersey)

We have had frogs in our pool every year. We usually just skim them out or take them out if they get caught in the skimmer.

This year though I've noticed that frogs are dying in our pool not the skimmers. They are just laying on the bottom.

Is there something I'm doing wrong to the water when I add the chemicals to cause this? Would Metal Out be causing this?

Metal Out is the only new chemical I've added this year. Otherwise it's all the same. We have a salt generator so we don't even add chlorine.

It concerns me that they are dying from the water and now we're swimming in it.

Thanks for the question Carol

First, I'd like to have your complete chemical readings:

Chlorine, CYA (cyanuric acid/stabilizer), pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, and Metals (iron and copper).
It makes troubleshooting much easier and the process of clearing up your pool will go much faster.

You can get this done at your local pool store.

Without these numbers I'm just guessing at what the problem is.

Unfortunately I'm not an expert on frogs. Although I've scooped out thousands of dead animals from my customer's pools since I started in 1999, I've never taken the time to research how chemicals react to certain animals.

They were just there, either on top of the water, on the bottom, or in the skimmer.

A metal sequestrant does not remove metal from pool water. It holds it in solution until it can get filtered. Then you backwash the metal out.

Because metal sequestrants break down over time and get filtered and backwashed out, you need to weekly dose your pool if you have high iron and copper.

Metal sequestrants that are based on HEDP, phosphonic acid or something similar are the most effective.

Jack's Magic Blue, Purple, and Pink Pink Stuff, Metal Magic, Metal Free, & Metal Klear are very good.

Many people that have a high iron/copper issue with their water can use the above products with little to no ill effect. Just be sure you actually need a metal sequestrant and aren't wasting your money.

It might be the slightly high salt level as well. It's pretty hard to say what's causing the frogs to die when they hit the water without a toxicological report.

But again, if the pool is well balanced there shouldn't be any concerns.

Getting me the chemical numbers would help.

Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


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Plz Help With Pool Bugs

by Gideon

I watched a few of your videos and they are very helpful! I have a 22ft Intex Ultra Frame chlorine pool with cartridge filter pump. The water is crystal clear and the local pool store says my readings are good. The problem I am having is with those little swimming bugs.

They are small like an ant and come every night by the thousands. I have Regal Algaecide 50 which kill them. They sink to the bottom of the pool and i have to vacuum/scoop them everyday. I just purchased the skimmer add on to help get them off the surface yesterday.

Not sure how well it works yet. Do you have any suggestions on keep these things away from my pool?

Thanks for the question Gideon

Here is a link and a couple of internal links within that page:

Swimming Pool Keep Attracting A Large Number Of Flies and Gnats

Honestly, I pretty much covered everything I know within the video and those posts. I understand how irritating bugs can be. The woman whose pool I cleared up in February has large amounts of debris and high grass around the pool. You can also see the bamboo in the background in the video.

This is a perfect breeding ground for bugs and mosquitoes. She keeps the grass cut as best she can but she needs to get rid of the overgrown areas. I won't swim past 7pm due to the bugs.

In order to get rid of the bugs without resorting to pesticides, or at least control them, you must destroy their environment and remove their food source. Standing water is a big no. Keep any grass cut and no debris or leaves anywhere. Citronella candles and plants, catnip, ageratum, and marigolds are good options.

Oils such as cedar wood, eucalyptus, tea tree, and lemongrass also can work. Tea tree oil is also great for cuts and abrasions. I found that lemongrass makes me itch so I don't use it.

A good ole' fashion bug zapper can also work, and it has a high entertainment quality.

Have a great Summer.


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Larvae In Above Ground Pool

by Jef

We have an above ground pool that we recently found possible mosquito larvae breeding under a overlap on a seam inside the bottom of the pool.

We have since vaccumed inside the seam. Is it safe to retreat water and use?

Thanks for the question Jef

I would tell you to be sure to secure and seal up any other areas that mosquitoes could possibly get into. Obviously they need a damp area in which to breed and you don't want that in or around your pool.

After you get rid of the infestation of mosquitoes and the larvae, it would be a good time to check the water.

I'd encourage you to get a Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 pool test kit.

Pool Water Testing

Water Testing Kit

If there's anything wrong with the readings, I can tell you exactly what's wrong and how to fix it with the least amount of effort and chemicals. Hopefully everything is right.

Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


By: Jef
Date: August 3, 2011

Hi Robert
Thank you for the advice. We're ready to swim today!

Much appreciated


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