We just set up our very first pool today! We have a SWG, so today was adding the salt and turning on our sand filter. I have not turned on SWG, as it recommended waiting 24 hours before doing so.
So I am brand new at pools, but I owned aquariums for many years. Our water is very soft (almost zero hardness), but the total alkalinity is high, and pH is usually around 8 or just above. Now, correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't this create the issue of when you try to lower pH, it climbs back up again due to the high alkalinity? Something in my rusty brain is telling me that this was an issue I had with my fish tanks. I did test our tap water with a dip strip, and looks like the same old story I dealt with years ago. I will order the recommended test kit, by the way! I'll get it coming this week.
So after I get salinity where it needs to be, then run my SWG and I also assume add my CYA to get it to a good level, what steps should be taken to get that pH to a more neutral state? I did read the article on reducing TA. Oh, and I did buy muriatic acid.