Hello everyone! My husband and I bought our very 1st pool in June. Everything was crystal clear for the first few weeks then I woke up to a very green pool. I was using liquid pool chlorine from the pool store, and had the cheap pool tester from Walmart. I went online and found this site, which has been very helpful. I got the Taylor kit, and tested the water. Put all my numbers in the pool calculator, and begin shocking. I keep my FC at 20, my CYA is between 45-50. I also run my filter 24/7. The green went away about 10 days ago, but now I have cloudy water. I check the FC about every 3 hours, and I loose about 1-2 ppm in that time. (I'm home all day) In the morning I loose about 3-4 ppm.
When I started the slam my PH was 7.4. I haven't checked my PH since I started the slam. I thought I read that a high FC won't give me an accurate reading. If this is wrong let me know, and I will check.
Since I have a cartridge filter I clean it about every 6-8 hours. This morning while I was cleaning the filter, my daughter needed me. For about 20 mins the filter was off. Longest it's been off in 13 days and this is what I found. Clear water with a dark spot in the middle. I vacuumed it up and turned the filter back on in about 30 mins had a cloudy pool again.
I also posted a pic of what my filter cartridge looks like after 8 hours of running.
What do you guys think? Am I on the right track? Any suggestions would be very helpful! Thanks!