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I have the intex salt water system. My water is now a greenish color. I've cleaned the cell and have it set to boost. Do I need to do anything else to get rid of the green water?

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You will need to clean the pool completly now.
I am not a great typist so I will copy and paste my solution that I typed out and helped someone else

So many peolpe are led to believe that using a salt system takes away the need of other chemicals
This couldn't be further from the truth A salt system just makes it so that you do not have to physicaly ad liquid chlorine or float tablets

First of all lets get a little educated in pool maintainence 101 and then I will address your problem ( First problem was buying an Intex product ) but I will cover that too

You can not just blindly ad salt to the system
you need to get a salt test kit that reads in #'s not color
You need to get the water to as close to 3000ppm as possible
Any lower than 2700ppm and you can trigger low salt alarm, not to mention not generating enough chlorine
Any higher than 3500 and you can go cloudy, trigger high salt alarm and you could go cloudy

Now for the intex curse
not a single pump/filter is sufficient with the pools they come with
They are to small
A pool needs to be turned over at least 3-4 times in a cycle 24 hours
I do not know your gl or pump size so I will use generic #'s

If you have a 5000gl pool and a 1500gl pump thats 10 1/2 hours of filtering at the minimum
Use your #'s and figure out what you need to be doing

You want to start by getting your salt right this is crucial What it says in the manuals is just a starting point the fine tuning is up to you

Lets now side track and I will tell you how to cure your problem.
This is time consuming but will give you the best results

Blast out your paper cartridge with the water hose now ad 1 gallon ofliquid chlorine
Filter only for 24 hours now brush your pool with a pool brush not the bristles under your vaccum not enough of them to do any good
now clean the filter again and run for a few hours until you see things settle down
Vaccum and clean the filter and start over again
Check your chlorine if it is normal or low ad another 1/2 if it is super high then leave the chlorine step out
Once you are clear again or close to it Ad a non foaming algecide and also ad chlorine stabilizer this is a chemical that you put in a nylon sock and float it behind the ladder this will help hold the chlorine

Once your chlorine level is at the point you can swimm again you should get your best swimmer to get in with a tooth brush and clean the over flaps in the seems that are on the bottom and where the sides connect to the floor

This should do it

lets look at one more thing
Chlorine generation
There may be night that you need to run it 12 hours for chlorine and other nights 5 or so
It all depends on many factors
sun,heat,number of swimmers, sun tan oil and so on
The biggest thing you can do wrong is to not use the pool If it is not being used every day you should brush sides and floor every 3 days or so. The pump is not strong enough to circulate the water properly

One more thing that I do and I have not changed my filters in this being my 3rd season
I have 2 one is always drying
Start with a dry filter and have the other clean and drying
Change them every couple of days.
Never try to use a wet filter it does not work like a dry one
Dont ask why it is just one of those mysteries
Also periodicaly take the hose off the front of the motor your inlet hose this can build up hair and debris that gets in from skimming

Good Luck

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First of all green water can arrise from a lot of different situation.
Low chlorine is one of them coupled with the crappy filter that comes with the intex pools it does not filter enough.

Start with getting your salt level to 3000ppm
any lower than 2700 and you will not generate enough chlorine and any higher than 3500 and you could go cloudy or trigger high salt alarms

you need to get the salt test kit that reads in #'s not color the color ones has to much of a variance
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I run my filter 24/7 if it is not generating chlorine I am filtering.

Clean your cartridge every few days
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