Algae Control

Algae are microscopic aquatic plants which 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, create unpleasant odors and produce slimy, slippery walls and floors. Algae growth is usually established during times when the disinfectant level, or algaecide content in the water, is low or neglected.


Type of Algae and Treatment

Green Algae
The most common. It is identified by a cloudy green appearance of the water.
TREATMENT: Shock treat the pool with IDEAL Sure Shock at a rate of 1 lb. per 5,000 gallons. Add IDEAL Algaecide 60 or IDEAL Algae Killer according to label instructions.

Mustard Algae
A difficult algae to control. It is identified by the cloudy greenish-yellow color of the water.
TREATMENT: Shock treat the pool with IDEAL Sure Shock at a rate of 1 lb. per 5,000 gallons. Add IDEAL Algaecide 60 or Algae Killer according to label instructions.

Black Algae
Identified by very dark green slippery patches clinging to floors and walls.
TREATMENT: Shock treat the pool with IDEAL Sure Shock at a rate of 1 lb. per 5,000 gallons. Add IDEAL Algae Killer according to instructions.

Pink Algae
Frequently called “Red Algae.” This is actually a bacteria that cannot be prevented by algaecides. The best prevention is maintaining an adequate chlorine residual.
TREATMENT: Shock treat the pool with IDEAL Sure Shock at a rate of 1 lb. per 5,000 gallons.

 

If an algae problem exists, the filtration system should be run continuously for a minimum of 72 hours. The pool surface should be brushed daily. This will remove dead layers of algae and allow the chemicals to kill the remaining layers of algae growth.