I just found this site a couple days ago while trying to figure out how to care for my pool. On the advice of this forum, I ordered the Taylor K-2006 kit and just got the test done today. Here are the results of the test.
CyA is non existent, the black dot never disappeared
FC 2 ppm
CC 5 ppm
Im not sure where to go from here, so any help would be well received.
I had been using just some test strips that the previous owner left here, It looked like there was no FC so I added shock on 3 separate occasions and put in a chlorine puck floater. still not noticing a FC rise, I dumped in a jug of Clorox. There were some brown spots on the bottom of the pool that I falsely identified as rust spotting, it was actually organic stains from the trees. To correct it I wrongly used a metal remover and backwashed the filter according to the instructions. I added back 12 quarts of DE filter material that was left by the previous owner. Now, Im here to learn how to do it correctly. I'm glad I found this site as soon as I did.