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ALL ABOUT ALGAE
What causes algae and how can I get rid of it?
Algae are the microscopic aquatic plants that are constantly being introduced into the pool water from the atmosphere. If not kept under control, algae can discolor your pool water, clog your filter, cause unpleasant odors and produce slimy, slippery walls and floor. Algae growth is common when the sanitizer level in the water is low or neglected. If the sanitizer is maintained at the proper level at all times, algae will never be able to grow. There are different types of algae, each with a different treatment.
Algae types and treatment
Green Algae: The most common form of algae, it is identified by a cloudy green water appearance. Treatment: Shock Treat the pool at a rate of one pound per 10,000 gallons. Add Super Algaecide or Algaecide 50 (non-metallic) according to bottle directions.
Mustard Algae: A difficult algae to control, it is identified by a cloudy greenish-yellow water color. Treatment: Shock Treat he pool at a rate of one pound per 10,000 gallons. Add Yellow Out according to bottle directions.
Black Algae: Very dark green slippery patches clinging to walls and floors. Treatment: Good circulation of water around the affected area is very important. Direct return line fittings towards the area, and if you have a main drain be sure it is open. First, use a brush to help loosen and expose the algae. Add Pool Shock at the rate of 2 lbs. per 5,000 gallons until the free chlorine level reads 5-10 ppm. Make sure you are using a test kit or test strips that read free chlorine. Add a dose of Black Algaecide. Test the pH of the water and lower it to 7.0 using pH Reducer. Keep brushing the affected area periodically, and re-test the free chlorine level. Add Shock at the rate of 1 lb. per 5,000 gallons to maintain the free chlorine level at 5-10 ppm until the algae is gone. The filter system should be run continuously until the algae is brushed off. After the algae is eliminated restore the pH level to the optimum range (7.2-7.6 ppm) and resume normal chlorination. To avoid future black algae problems add a dose of Black Algaecide weekly.
Pink Algae: Frequently called "red algae”, this is actually a bacteria that originates from salt water. The best prevention is to thoroughly wash with bleach all items that have come in contact with salt water before allowing them into your pool area. Treatment: Shock Pool at rate of 1 pound per 10,000 gallons until bacteria disappears.
Note: If an algae problem exists, the filtration system should be run continuously for a minimum of 72 hours, and the pool surface should be brushed daily. This will remove dead layers of algae and allow the chemicals to combat the remaining layers of algae growth.