I spoke with an Englishman rep for the largest online pool store in SE Asia yesterday. I figured this would be my best bet at finding a proper test kit here in Thailand. Not only did he mock my little toy swimming pool but insisted with his 40 years experience with pools, throughout the world, that all i need is a simple ph&cl test kit, a floating tablet dispenser and chlorine tablets.
I tried explaining what I had read about alkalinity, cyanauric acid levels, needing a fas/dpd test kit to check my chlorine levels when shocking and also wanting a kit that can test for CC to know if i should shock. He explained, in a most condescending tone, that I was taking things way too far for my play pool. And that I was very foolish for pouring bleach in my pool as it "has all kinds of things you don't want in your water".
Is he right?