we are super new on this site and are actually very glad we've found you!
Hope to be still in time to get some good tips to treat our brand new swimmingpool, which we just finished to fill with water a minute ago!
Introduction: we are in Zanzibar - East Africa, equatorial weather... "cold" season now, approx 70° to 85°, 50% couldy but not raining. (our pool is in total the shade from 3pm)
2° introduction... cannot find the same brand chemicals here... supplies very limited! So please, try to help us understanding the bases without mentioning specific brands.
Indeed we apology for not having the TF-100 test kit... the only one available here was AquaCheck test strips, plus we have a liquid base PH and Chlorine test (not used yet)
To start with we've tested the water with the strip (at least it's more complete):
CA CAL 500 (ok for AquaCheck)
CYA 30-50 (ok for AquaCheck)
This water comes from the government tanks, supplied with watertrucks. All Zanzibar is pretty reach of underground caves with fresh water. (Lucky enough!)
Obviously the government doesn't treat the public water!!! (too bad)
If we understood well by adding acid we'll lower the PH and also TA... correct?
Should we do this before starting with Chlorine???
Or can we do both PH and Chlorine at the same time?
When adding the acid should we run the pump/filter?
When is the best time of the day?
Same questions for adding Chlorine.
Sorry if we are sooooo much unexpert! We've read the most of Pool School, but no answer to these questions are found! Which make us think we must be 100 steps lower then anyone else on this site!!! Sorry for that!!
Hope to hear from you soon!