Swimming Pool Ideas – Question and Answer
I normally use about 2.5 gallons of liquid chlorine each week in my pool during the summer but in a pinch would cal-hypo shock work instead?

I normally use about 2.5 gallons of liquid chlorine each week in my pool during the summer but in a pinch would cal-hypo shock work instead?

20 September 2020

I normally use about 2.5 gallons of liquid chlorine each week in my pool during the summer (it’s still really hot in florida now) but in a pinch would cal-hypo shock work instead? I’m out of liquid chlorine and have a very busy day. Pool is 10,000 gallons fiberglass, FC is 1 and I like to keep it a little higher than recommended as the sun eats the chlorine by the end of the week and we use to the a lot! No algae or anything just trying to raise the FC. Thanks!

mike: So yes you can use cal hypo
I’m wondering about the rest of your levels as my 16k pool in dfw in August consumes (on average) 1.9 gallons
We swim daily
Target FC 3.0
Ph 7.5
TA 80
Borates 50 ppm
Cya 50

cassie: Mike, I’ll grab the readings in a minute I forgot. But I ended up going to the pool store and I think my test went wrong my chlorine is at FC 7 which is weird because generally by the end of the week it’s gone but I also use yellow treat pretty regularly which eats the chlorine fast but we battle mustard algae pretty often so I do it for prevention even though it requires more chlorine. My phosphate level was a bit high though so I’m glad I went in! I’ll get the full reading in a sec.

mike: Study adding borate to your pool
This is my first year
It acts as an algaestat so prevents growth
If FC is 7 algae won’t grow, phosphates are a great sales tool as the remedy is kill off what would use phosphates for food
Think weeds in your yard, you don’t reduce the soil nutrient content, you kill the weeds.

cassie: Mike, we live by a phosphate mine so we get crazy high phosphates and until adding the remover chlorine alone doesn’t kill the algae.

mike: Def investigate borates.

sebastian: My pool is same size and I also use 2.5 ga per week in CFL. So not unusual especially with all the rain we get at the moment. I use those refillable jugs from Pinch a Penny.

cassie: I use the same just a different smaller local pool store! We’ve had a ton of rain so I’m very surprised that I added the chlorine last Thursday and and it’s still at 7! That’s very unusual I swear by the end of the week I have no chlorine left at all! If you are CFL we are pretty close we are near east of bradenton/Sarasota.

sebastian: Did you have it tested at the pool store? Maybe your results are off.

cassie: I did! It’s 7ppm from the pool store.

sebastian: Well, it’ll go down and it’s not too high you can’t use it. So I wouldn’t worry about it.

cassie: yep exactly!

mario: Read on Cyunaric Acid it might help. I have! My CYA levels are balanced I have an auto feeder and set it at 2 and it keeps the FC working well. It took a little bit to figure out the setting for the auto feeder as it was suggested to set it to 5 but it was eating the tabs like crazy and my CYA was too high. I definitely like my FC to be higher than the average we have pool parties like every week and swim a lot! The only thing that is off is occasionally phosphates from living so close to a phosphate mine and my hardness has to be increased about twice a year.

mario: I notice that on a daily basis I did maintainable in my small pool and notice the influence of the environment like dust and other contaminants.

cassie: yes I agree!! A lot of our screens are old and when they break and a lot of debris gets in the pool it eats my chlorine so fast! The sun and rain also have effects. Winter is the easiest time to take care of it lol.

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