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I was told when I opened the pool to shock it using 4 bags of shock, so I did but used hth super shock which doesn't have cya and being a newbie I didn't really know anything about it and was going off a friends recommendations. After 2 weeks of constantly adding liquid chlorine 10% and testing it daily using test strips which I know are not that accurate I finally broke down and went to pool store. He told me to add 5 lbs of ph down and 2lbs of stabilizer. Well I had already added almost a pound of stabilizer to the pool and I did read it can take a week to show on test. But do I really need to add 5lbs of ph down ?
I added some last night and according to the test strips my ph is good today around 7.2. Also I am using clorox ph down not sure if that makes a difference and was sold Trichloro 3 in pucks with clairifier and algaecide and told to use 1 puck per week. I know everyone says liquid chlorine is the way to go but can i maybe use this for awhile to finish raising my cya then switch to just bleach? And I was told not to worry about the CH because it wasn't that big of a deal in an AG not sure if that is true or not? Also I just purchased the sand filter and set up and it seems to be losing pressure every few hours but if I backwash it and turn it back on the pressure goes back to around 10.. Dear pool gods please help me I'm literally going insane with this pool. Also not sure how old it is because we purchased the house in Feb and it was already here and halfway filled so I just switched the pumps out because the one here was the original and it was garbage.