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Sep 13, 2016
To much algae eliminator...HELP!!
by: Jennifer

I realize this is an older post but I hope I can still get some help. We have an above ground pool 12 x 24. I believe. Unfortunately, when we first opened the pool I was not educated very well on chemicals.

I did not realize that you needed more than just the chlorine tablets in a floater. So about 2 weeks ago my pool turned green. I went to a local pool store and brought in a sample of my water. He suggested that I use an alkalinity up and then a conditioner along with some shock. I followed his directions perfectly but there was still algae in my pool.

I decided I would just go out and get an algae Eliminator myself. I followed the directions on the first dose but it did not get rid of all the algae. I even got in the pool scrubbed all the walls vacuum the floor and stirred up any in the algae that was in there and added some more algae Eliminator.

Now my pool is free from algae but it is very cloudy and it has a white foam on top of the water. What should I do from here? I have back washed my sand filter and it hs been running for a solid 48 hours at least!.

Hi Jennifer. I'm going to need a full set of chemical numbers including FC, pH, TA, CH, CYA, and metals. There could ne an undrlying issue that the chem numbers can show.

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Jun 11, 2015
Soapy Suds Everywhere Help !!!
by: Anonymous

I shocked my pool then I added algecide to pool and I forgot I left the chlorine basket in the Pool ran pump all day & night to wake up with a pool full of suds. What should I do?

Thanks for the question

First is to be sure the algaecide you're using is good quality. I suspect it was a copper algaecide. If you're going to use an algaecide I recommend a PolyQuat 60. It's safe for vinyl liners and won't foam up. Be sure to dose your pool according to the directions.

Next is to scoop out as much foam as you can and keep filtering and backwashing once per day. You can also shock the pool again with liquid chlorine and maintain a FC level of 12ppm. There's no chemical to reduce foaming in water. It will dissipate naturally but it'll take some time.

Another method is to do a partial drain the refill. You'll be getting rid of the tainted water but the other chemical readings will be off. You'll need to make the right adjustments to bring them back in line.

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