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We changed our pool over to salt water four days ago ago and it is cloudy and has green algae in it. It had green algae when we switched. We thought the salt water system would kill it, but it is still there. So, We boost the system last night on day four and still the same as when we started. Need some ideas to get things back on track. When we switched over the ph was high and no chlorine reading at all, but had green algae. We did add ph minus to bring the ph down. Should we add algaecide? Not sure what chemicals should be used in a salt water system. Thanks so much .

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You don't mention the size of the pool. If this is a above ground small pool ... dump the water, clean the liner and refill it. Remove the metal with a sequestering agent. Get the alkalinity correct. Get the pH correct then add the salt to 3200 ppm.

Chlorine kills algae. Are you sure it is algae and not metal in the water?

pH should be 7.2 to 7.6. Alkalinity should be 100. If a gunnite pool, the calcium should be 300. Salt should be 3200. Cyanuratic acid should be 50+ if this pool is outside (not indoors).

What to do. If this is a big pool, and you are sure this is not metal in the water, I would super chlorinate the pool - take it to 20 or so ppm. Run the filter for at least 24 hours. Watch the pressure ... you will be filtering out a lot of stuff.

Let me know what happens ...

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