I will start by saying, I apologize if my tone comes across as short, angry or rude...believe me it is just frustration at myself. I'm in my 4th year of owning a pool, and I've learned a lot. However, I cannot for the life of me keep my water clean, clear and pretty. most of my neighbors also have similar pools and I feel like they are never outside vacuuming or messing with their pools, but I am...constantly! Basically if I don't vacuum for a day or sometimes two, the water is clear but green, but the bottom is such that I have to vacuum to waste. This happens while my FC levels are usually between 3-5ppm.
I've posted about this in years past, I've read the articles, I've read the ABC's of Chemistry and have recently read the SLAM article. I tested the water using the Taylor kit recommended to me by the people in this forum. What I would really, really appreciate is if somebody could just let me know what I need to buy and do to fix this, for now and in future years, because it drives me absolutely bananas. I'm not really good at seeing these numbers from the test and translating that into the right information in the booklet to implement what I need to.
Tested the water tonight using the Taylor kit and readings are below...thank you!
FC-13 (dumped 4 gallons of liquid chlorine in there earlier this afternoon, hoping to shock it away)
CC-minimal, but some
pH-8 or 8+ (i'm red/green colorblind which doesn't help, but comparing it to the chart in the middle it was at least as red/purple as the 8.0 reading)
Any and all help is greatly, greatly appreciated because I think this is much harder than it's supposed to be and I would like actually enjoy my pool at some point instead of staring at the green water and cursing at it! haha...thank you thank you thank you!