Information about pool size in signature.
FC - Over 5ppm (test doesn't go higher)
TC - Over 5ppm (test doesn't go higher)
CC - Can't tell
pH - 7.0
TA - 122
CH - 20
CYA - 65
First, let me apologize for my FC, TC, and CC results. I went to Leslie's and bought the kit I thought was recommended. After pulling it out and using it, I quickly realized this doesn't give me higher results on the chlorine than 5ppm. I am so mad. I hope I can go get another option that will help me with this.
My water is blue, but extremely cloudy. It was left uncovered and not cared for since Feb. 2015 until 10 days ago when I had a pump and filter installed. Salt isn't installed yet because the installer was afraid it would mess up with as much junk as is in the pool. And there is a lot of debris including bullfrogs. It WAS greenish with floating wads of algae, there is a crust of pollen along the water line on the liner that is easily wiped off, and I am unsure if even before Feb. 15 that the pool was care for. Now it is blue and cloudy and small wads of algae have reappeared in the last couple of days that are partially green and partially bleached, which says to me it is regrowing.
So, the installer shocked the pool with Pool Essentials from Walmart (six pounds) the first day he was here and put in bags of salt (my level is at 1290 right now). They shocked it two days later, then I shocked it twice using the same stuff several days apart. At some point I realized that I was going to have to take more responsibility and it wasn't the installer who was going to get it clear for us. I started using the Clorox Pool app and their testing strips. I got the alkalinity up to its current level using baking soda. A friend of mine told me about this site on Friday, so I started going to PoolSchool at that time. I have been trying to SLAM the pool. I had the water tested yesterday morning and added stabilizer. I got it higher because of the salt even though we don't have a salt system. Several hours later I added nine jugs of 8% bleach according to the SLAM tutorial to get the level to 24. I started digging up stuff off the bottom of the pool and made it get even more cloudy. There is so much debris, but I can't see it because the water is so cloudy.
Here are my questions and dilemma. The SLAM recommends you clean the pool, but I can't see anything and I fear I am making it worse by using the leaf rake and stirring it up. Should I go ahead and try to vacuum the bottom or should I use some sort of flock or other method for clearing up the water so that I can more easily see what I am trying to remove? Also how can get an accurate and high chlorine level kit? I guess I kind of need some help with the next step. Oh, sorry. One last thing is washing soda, that is mentioned on the pool calculator, Borax? I bought some to raise the pH level, but wanted to be sure that is right.