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We just up graded the pump and have the salt water system hooked to it for days now the the water is a light green color It looks clean not algae green Could it be to much salt or not enough? When I test it the test strips says it normal

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Did you have to put more water in than usuall before you noticed the green? If you filled the pool with well water it could be iron in the water (which gives you a clear green look). If thats the problem then next time run the hose into the skimmer or into the filter pump suction. That way the fill water will be filtered before going into the pool. If it is iron in your pool and you shock the pool it will turn brown.

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4th...repeat step 2 again...
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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

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Why did my pool turn green shortly after start up?


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