Swimming Pool Ideas – Question and Answer
I’m cleaning my cartridge filter and don’t remember the film ever being this color before

I’m cleaning my cartridge filter and don’t remember the film ever being this color before

02 September 2020

I’m cleaning my cartridge filter and don’t remember the film ever being this color before.

Any insights on why it’s this shade and if it’s something I’m doing wrong with the pool chemistry?

I’m cleaning my cartridge filter and don’t remember the film ever being this color before

I’m cleaning my cartridge filter and don’t remember the film ever being this color before

elan: Algae?

brandi: Yep algae. They make some spray to soak in. Pressure wash and it will go away.

mike: Post your test results-that’ll help decipher the chems.

sue: We just had new pool orientation and we were told that it looks like that from body oils and sunscreens etc… They recommended the cartridge get soaked in an empty rubbermaid tub with a product ( I wrote it down ) but it’s downstairs and I’m not getting out of bed !! I will let you know though !!

bro: I used a Bioguard filter spray and followed the instructions (let it sit for 15 minutes) then fully hosed it down.
If it is algae, would I have symptoms of that in my pool? Or is it possible to have algae and not know it?
Everything is in range with my pool except my phosphates are high (500 range) and my CYA is hovering around 100…just waiting for temps to cool down to fully drain my pool.
The filters cleaned up pretty great, but should I get new ones if that really is algae?

david: Could be copper if that is high.

bro: David would my pool store be able to tell me if the copper is high or what’s the best way to tell? That’s a great observation- I use BioGuard Smart Shock (has copper based algicide) so that’s a very likely possibility.

david: Yes. Copper and iron should be part of a pool store test. I used to use copper algaecide and my cartridges always were that color. It could still be algae, too, but I was having stains on my liner and PVC so I gave up any metal algaecide.

bro: thank you so much. I’ll have to run in a sample tomorrow and see what alternative shock I should be using tomorrow.

david: Polyquat 60 is short for Polyoxyethylene (dimethylamino) Ethylene (dimethylamino) ethylene dichloride is the only algaecide to use.

david: sent a dm with more info.

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