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Answer : in short yes copper is fine, but...

I have copper-zinc mesh screens in all my collection baskets, i go to rummage sales to find 64' & before silver coins and single pieces of sterling silverware in bad shape; i put that in the baskets too. You can get broken sterling silver jewelry for pennies on the dollar, the cheaper the better. The cheapest sterling silver has the most copper, and turns black quickly. This means it's pretty reactive. Silver and copper in this form with sodium & chlorine ions in a salt water pool, along with the zinc kill off EVERYTHING. The reactivity of electrolyzed water on microorganisms is amazing.

I have a masters in Biology from Indiana University and I'm a microbiologist that works for a large Indiana city muni-water dept. I work in a lab setting, i test for all contaminates in the cities public pools, including those found in the public schools.

There is a fellow from my university who uses Cavitation to kill ALL microorganisms in his pool without the use of ANY chemicals, his pool is pure water from the tap without ANY additives!!!

This is not impossible, but it is expensive!! And in a public pool system according to laws in our state it would have to have some amount of chemical that killed bacteria on contact, such as bleach/chlorine.

He is a private individual, If you would like further information just Google, Jet Cavitation, or impeller cavitation, in relation to microorganisms. Also Dynajet, and Hydrodynamic cavitation. This technology has been used for decades in the food processing industry, but if you have thousands to blow, why not.

I have cultured samples from my pool on a regular basis, my levels are cleaner than any public pool I've ever tested. The combination of silver,zinc,copper and the salt water even kills Cryptosporidium.

I have future plans of testing neem and tea tree oil in a pool.

P.S. Copper will stain your pool if you have light colored floor/walls and your hair if your grey or blond, I don't recommend it for newly dyed hair either. If your pool is a dark color you have no worries. Blue dye might help but that has consequences too, things like bluing agents, best of luck.

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We used super extended algae and it is meant for pools with salt chlorine generators.We had a real bad problem and we used it cost about 30.00 a bottle but it works.We like the salt water system alot better than chemicals and is a lot cheaper than chemicals.

Make sure it saids compatible with pools using salt chlorine generators.

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Salt systems are compatible with all algaecides except those that are Sodium Bromide based. This algaecides are typically marketed under the name "Yellow Shock" check the active ingredient on the algaecide before you use it.

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You can add algaecide to a salt water pool just make sure that you are allowed to use the type of algaecide you have in mind chlorinators don't necessarily agree with metal based algaecides.

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Can you recommend a good algaecide for getting rid of black algae?

add a poly 60 or a 7% copper based algaecide if you dont have a heater on the pool.


Is algaecide added to slat water pool when filter is on?

Adding algaecide to the pool when the filter is on should not do any harm in fact it should mix it into the water more quickly


Why do you get heavy algae growth in your pool a day or two after using algaecide?

I just had a similar problem so I'll tell you what cleared mine up. I wasn't using enough Algaecide in my pool to correct the problem. I have about 32,000 gallons and the pool company recommended a quart and a half of an algaecide with 7% copper. I found mine at WalMart and it only had 3% copper, but it worked fine. Some of the products do not contain copper, they informed me, and copper is a necessary ingredient to kill the algae. Pour it in and let it sit overnight. Then vaccumm to WASTE the walls and bottom. The algae is so fine that it will remain in your filter and keep flowing back to your pool if you vac the pool in the normal way. The Copper ingredient bonds to the algae for removal. After the pool is clean, add a few ounces of the algaecide each week. I need to add about 6 oz. Let us know if this works for you.


Would algaecide cause milky water in your pool?

my pool did get milky but cleared up after 48 hours


Will shocking your foggy pool make it clear?

It might otherwise use a copper based algaecide at the same time and that should do it.


Do saltwater pools have copper?

Any pool can have copper. Source water may have it in it. Some pools have copper plumbing. Most pool heaters have copper heat exchangers. If your pH or Alkalinty levels are lower than recommended, then the copper in the plumbing or heater can be stripped out and stain the pool plaster a bluish-green color. Some allgaecides even use copper which will also stain. You should also take care using copper algaecide in salt water pools as they may cause problems with the chlorinators.


If you put algaecide directly into swimming pool without mixing in a bucket of water first will it eat the paint away?

You don't have to mix the algaecide in a bucket of water, you can put it directly in the pool. I use Polyquat 60 that comes in quart bottles and add about 4-6 ounces per week. Just walk along the edge of the pool and pour it at the edge while walking. No algaecide will "eat the paint". It's not acid. In fact, all the algaecide does is strip the cell walls of the algae and make it more susceptible to the chlorine. It's the chlorine that kills the algae. However, one algaecide with a side effect of staining is Copper. It's a very effective algaecide, and it's safe - but it will stain concrete pools if it's used in a high enough concentration. And Copper can stain blonde hair as well. That's why I don't recommend using it. The preferred algaecide is Polyquat 60.