Not sure where to start since this is all new to me. I have been reading as much as I can here and trying to educate myself from the Pool School etc.
I think I'm getting there but still have allot to learn. Our pool has been up and running for about two months and I think my ignorance is catching up to me.
Thanks to all the great posters and the information shared. So far I have learned the local pool store is almost useless. I bought a Taylor K2006 test kit and I'm still trying to gain confidence in my results. They are vastly different from the pool store "free water test" that was anything but. According to my results, here's where I am:
CYA - below 30
The PH is too high and the FC and CYA are low. If I want to get my water in balance, which of these should I address first? Bring the PH down? I know there is a relationship between CYA and FC so don't want to haphazardly add chems to correct. I am running my SWCG 12 hours a day at 80% but with the CYA so low the chlorine is probably burning up as fast as it is produced. This pool gets direct sun around 10-12 hours a day.
I appreciate any thoughts you may have.