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In a 52" x 22' Ultraside Intex pool with a saltwater ionizer and a sand pump can I use pool shock to kill algae without damageing the saltwater ionizer system and the sand pump?

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Terminology problems here...

  • No sand in a pump!
    • a pump moves water through the pool/spa plumbing system
    • a filter will have sand in it
      • It will then remove particulate/debris from water
  • A system that has Saline in the water will have a Chlorine Generator, not an Ionizer.
  • The electrolytic cell, when energized and if enough salt in the water, Chlorine will be manufactured in the water.
So now...
Addressing your question - Shock is Chlorine. Chlorine generator makes chlorine... So adding more chlorine to a chlorine pool = NO Problems!

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There seem to be different versions of algae killer - look for one that specifies that it's safe with saltwater systems (sorry, not familiar specifically with Pool Shock)

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SOURCE: I have the Intex Above

Shock the pool with 4 gallons of muratic acid if its a 28,000 gallon pool. Normally that would be a 26 foot wide by 4 feet deep

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

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SOURCE: I have a 15x 42" intex metal frame pool an i also

Most likely you are not. The manual is very conservative!!! I have a 14000 gallon pool and I run my intex salt system during the summer at 10 to 12 hrs pump and 8 to 10 hrs chlorination in between those 12 hrs and my pool stays very clear. But..... If you don't clean the unit and let it alarm for low flow, low salt or not run the unit log enough, you WILL HAVE GREEN WATER!!!
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Posted on Jul 23, 2011

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SOURCE: hi I have ab 18x52'

Get ready for a full weekend of cleaning your pool :) This is the chemical free method...
1st... Start with a clean filter...So clean your filter...
2nd.. Vacuum your pool and get most of the algae up from the bottom and sides.. Go slow so you do not stir up the algae. Make sure you use the vacuum attachment with brushes..
3rd..Clean your filter...
4th...repeat step 2 again...
5th... Clean your filter...
6th... Brush your pool with a pool brush to loosen the remaining algae..
7th... Set your pump timer for 12 hrs and your chlorinator for 10 to 11 of those hrs... and run for 3 days...
8th.. Check your water and see if has cleared and the algae is almost completely gone.. If so, check your free chlorine level and adjust your cycle down if at the required level..
9th.. if your chlorine level is not at optimal, run at the 12 hr cycle for 3 more days and check..
10th.. After water is clear and free of algae, clean your filter and adjust your cycle down to control your free chlorine level...
Good luck and hope this method works for you.. It has for me for over 2 years with my Intex Salt Water system...
Please take the time to rate me and write a comment... really appreciate!!!

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I have a sand filter and my levels say ideal but water is real cloudy after adding chlorine


Take a sample to a pool shop and find out. If the pool has been green you may have dead algae floating around, a sand filter will never take that out. You need to flock it or new water. Then there is the toy you call a sand filter, OK when everything is perfect but small filters and pumps just won't handle a very dirty pool.

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Cloudy/green


super shock pool with chlorine it will just maintain

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The water has turned green despite the fact that we have been vacumning the pool every day. There is lots of algae on the bottom. It appears like the algae is not being killed by the salt water system. ...


How long are you running the system?? What is you chlorine level???.. To immediately bring your pool to the correct chlorine level, you either must up your cycle time, or shock your pool...I have a 18X33X48 pool..14,500 gallon pool and I run my system for 12 hrs and 10 hrs chlorinate and my water is crystal clear.. My chlorine level is in the 3 to 4 ppm.. If it climbs above 4, I lower the cycle time...After you shock or up your level, vacuum again to remove all the dead algae.. If you live in an area that is hot , you will need to run longer cycles.. Right now temps are ranging from 95 to 111.. yes, very hot... I hope this helps you and good luck...

Aug 27, 2011 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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Getting same green film on top of water that is the same color green as the copper piece in the salt water pump has turned


The two green colors may be associated somehow but when you say anything about green water I think it is more likely the water is turning green from algae. The best way to rule this out is to test the chlorine level and then shock with vinyl shock to about 10 ppm. If it is algae then the it may be cloudy but should turn more blue rather than green. If other chemistry is good such as salt concentration and stabilizer then running the pump, filter and chlorinator according to the Intex manual. When a pool is shocked the filter can get dirty quickly and then reduce the flow. For this reason make sure you clean the filter. I hope this helps.

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Aug 26, 2011 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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Two weekends ago I came back from a 4 day trip to a green stincky pool. Low flow, we cleaned the filter and scrubbed the algae, by morning a beautiful sight. Yesterday after not look at the pool over the...


You should definitely shock however the best solution for solving an algae problem, which is what you have, is using a product called
Algimycin 2000
this will clear up your pool in about 24 hours

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Aug 18, 2011 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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Hi I have ab 18x52' intex above ground pool with klear saltwater system, but I have algae in the bottom of the pool, please tell what to do to clean it without emptying the pool, and can i use any...


Get ready for a full weekend of cleaning your pool :) This is the chemical free method...
1st... Start with a clean filter...So clean your filter...
2nd.. Vacuum your pool and get most of the algae up from the bottom and sides.. Go slow so you do not stir up the algae. Make sure you use the vacuum attachment with brushes..
3rd..Clean your filter...
4th...repeat step 2 again...
5th... Clean your filter...
6th... Brush your pool with a pool brush to loosen the remaining algae..
7th... Set your pump timer for 12 hrs and your chlorinator for 10 to 11 of those hrs... and run for 3 days...
8th.. Check your water and see if has cleared and the algae is almost completely gone.. If so, check your free chlorine level and adjust your cycle down if at the required level..
9th.. if your chlorine level is not at optimal, run at the 12 hr cycle for 3 more days and check..
10th.. After water is clear and free of algae, clean your filter and adjust your cycle down to control your free chlorine level...
Good luck and hope this method works for you.. It has for me for over 2 years with my Intex Salt Water system...
Please take the time to rate me and write a comment... really appreciate!!!

Aug 03, 2011 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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If my pool has an algae problem now . can i convert to a saltwater filtration system w/o draining the pool ?


You need to rid the pool from algee. When you say saltwater filtration do you mean a chlorene generator? It generates chlorene from the sodium chloride that you maintain in pool. This still means you need chlorene to kill the algee. Shock the pool with chlorene shock. After allowing the pump filter to mix, let stand ovenight. Vacuum green slime from bottom to waste. Your pool supplier can help you . Kill the algee then start up chlorene generator.

Jul 23, 2010 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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I have a 16x32 dished out pool; average depth 5.5ft


First of all to answer your question. Yes the intex generator will work with a 16x36
Where do you get an average of 5.5ft when you say the pool is 36" deep
Well now the bad news. A salt water system will not solve your algae problems
Algae comes from wrong pool maintainence
You must now with a green pool shock your pool with 1 gallon of chlorine and now with a pool brush brush the sides and bottom now wait 4 hours for things to settle.
now vaccum clean cartridge if applicable or back flush your sand filter
wait 24 hours and brush again.
Continue to do this until it starts to clear watch your chlorine level and if it starts to get low shock again until the green goes away.
You will also need to buy an algacide, non foaming and follow the directions usually 14-24 ounces per 10,000 gallons of water
also put a stabilizer in your pool to help maintain your chlorine level. It will still drop but not as fast
one of the main contributing factors to a green pool or lack of sanitizer ( chlorine ) is # of bathers,sun,heat,sun
tan oils, and even the most common problem Lack of use.
The water needs to be constantly moving to help prevent algae. If you do not use it for a few days or so then brush it even if you do not see algae Guarantee if you go in the pool a few days later after not using it for a bit you would feel the slipperyness HMMMMMM is that a word anyway you would feel it

Another thing to consider is to filter filter filter
unless you have a 4000 gl ph pump you can not get enough filtering with an intex pump.

a pool should be turned over at least 3 times a day this means if you have lets say a 5000gallon pool and a 2000 gl ph filter you will need to filter at least 7.5 hours and that is at the low end
An intex pump pulls about as much energy as a 40 watt light bulb I have aintex 2500gl ph pump with a 7000gl pool I run my filter 24/7

Bottom line is you do not need a salt system that is just one more so to speak chemical to maintain at a certain level

Stick with getting your chemicals right and your problems will go away if you have any more questions or something specific just e-mail me

Jun 20, 2010 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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I have a 15 ft by 48 inch intex pool and i just


The most obvious thing besides not having salt in the pool has no stabilizer in it. This is a chemical that has an affinity for chlorine ions and if it is not there the chlorine can be disipated in a few hours when the sun hits it. Another name for it is Cyanuric Acid. It can be purchased in granular form at many pool supply stores or in a liquid form at Leslies. In order to get your pool blue you need to have the chemistry checked at a pool store or with a test kit (either liquid or strips). Don't buy everything a pool supply tells you to buy but start out with vinyl safe shock, stabilizer and salt. The pool store should be able to help you determine the dose. The following is what I would do:
1. Make sure salt is at the recommended concentration.
2. Shock the pool to recommended dose to start killing the algae.
3. Place the recomended dose of stabilizer in the pool.
4. Make sure pump and filter are working properly.
5. Check the pool chemistry on a daily basis until it is ready for swimming.
6. Check the chemistry on a weekly basis and clean the pool and equipment according to the pool instructions.

Smile, you are a pool manager.

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