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Posted:  6/23/2009 1:51 PM #24448
Swbuda
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Subject: Salt Water Systems


Is anyone using one of these 'new' saltwater systems for their pool, and what do you think of it? I've been heavily considering buying one BUT would like some input before I make the jump.. Thanks!



Posted:  6/23/2009 2:40 PM #24449
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Just had one installed.
IntelliChlor 40 at the recommendation of our local pool store.

Too soon to tell much about the IC40 as the pool water itself took awhile to stabilize after opening.

Had to add A LOT of salt (about 200 lbs more than calculated) in order to get the saline level into the "Green" zone in order to get the chlorinator to function.

Free Chlorine levels have been good for about a week now after backing down to the 60% production program.

I've seen a number of forum entries about this model and finicky calibration readings on the machine even with good salt levels in the pool.



Posted:  6/23/2009 10:25 PM #24452
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Okay.. Please keep me posted. Thanks..



Posted:  6/26/2009 10:12 PM #24468
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Thanks, Blue Skies, I'll keep checking back.. Please keep me posted..(Sorry about the double post)..


[Edited on 6/26/2009]



Posted:  7/11/2009 1:06 PM #24567
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We have the Aqua Rite made by Goldline (same as Hayward Swimpure) and love it so far. We just had it installed the end of May. The pool is crystal clear. Just make sure to balance your water before you actually turn on the generator for the first time. Also, I would recommend for shocking your pool that you don't use the superchlorinate feature, but rather use bleach to shock. But with salt water chlorinated pools, you shouldn't have to shock very often at all. This is the one we have:

http://www.haywardnet.com/inground/produc ts/chlorinators/Aqua_Rite_Salt_Chlorinati on.cfm





Posted:  7/11/2009 2:11 PM #24568
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Posted by: m4p But with salt water chlorinated pools, you shouldn't have to shock very often at all.





You don't have to shock often at all in non-salt water chlorinated pools either if you maintain an appropriate Free Chlorine (FC) level relative to the Cyanuric Acid (CYA) level. For manually dosed pools, keeping the FC at least as high as 7.5% of the CYA level will prevent (green and black) alage growth and not require regular shocking nor the use of supplemental algicides or phosphate removers at extra cost. Shocking with chlorine on a regular basis is usually done to make up for having too low a chlorine level compared to the often rapidly climbing CYA level from continued use of Trichlor pucks/tabs.

In a salt-water chlorine generator (SWG) pool, one can usually target a lower FC of 4.5% of the CYA level. However, the standard recommendation of 1-3 ppm FC with 60-80 ppm CYA will NOT prevent algae growth in all pools. With 80 ppm CYA, one should have at least 3.6 ppm FC (4 ppm FC is a safer target).

Richard


[Edited on 7/11/2009]



Posted:  3/26/2011 6:54 PM #25100
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They work great but have a high cost of ownership. Initial purchase price of around 1,000 dollars plus in Florida you have to replace the cell every 3-4 years at a cost of $500. They do make your life alot easier though, if you keep phosphates below 500 and free chlorine above 2 you'll never have to worry about algae. Make sure you have alot of acid around though, they produce chlorine at a PH of 8.0, so if you want to keep your PH low you'll have to be adding acid more than once a week.



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Posted:  3/27/2011 1:25 PM #25102
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If the appropriate Free Chlorine (FC) level is maintained relative to the Cyanuric Acid (CYA) level, then algae will not grow faster than chlorine can kill it regardless of phosphate level. There are many pools with 3000+ ppb phosphates (and high nitrates as well) that have chlorine alone preventing algae growth. For manually dosed pools, having the FC be at least 7.5% of the CYA level is what is needed. For saltwater chlorine generator (SWG) pools, an FC that is at least 5% of the CYA level is what is required.

Note that the typical manufacturer recommendations of 1-3 ppm FC with 60-80 ppm CYA are NOT sufficient to prevent algae growth if you've got algae nutrients in the water. 3 ppm FC with 60 ppm CYA or 4 ppm FC with 80 ppm CYA is what is needed.





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