Hi, I'm a new pool owner and have been reading this forum a lot. I have used the Taylor K-2006 test and have been getting my water chemistry near where I want it to be. The pool has a salt chlorine generator and my most recent test results are as follows:
FC - 5
CYA -30 (Was at 0 and have been raising slowly as the weather is just warming here).
TA - 70 (Was also near 0 when I got the house, have been raising slowly with baking soda)
pH - 7.4 (drifts usually to 7.6 or 7.8 before I bring back to 7.2 with acid)
CA - 600 (we have very hard water in the area)
We live in the central valley and spring has brought all kinds of pollen, leaves and other organic debris into the pool on a regular basis. I try to stay on top of it but usually can't do a good cleaning until the weekend. Despite this, the water is clear (not green or cloudy). I noticed today that we had a bug infestation (over 50 bugs swimming around under the surface, mostly clinging to the walls). After some quick online searching, they look like boatmen bugs. I guess they feed on algae, but I don't see any obvious signs of algae in the pool. Any help on how to figure out where the algae food might be hiding and how to get rid of this infestation?
Thanks for all the great resources of this board!