Ok, here it goes. I've been reading everything I can here and am a believer. I ordered my Taylor K-2006 test kit which I will be receiving tomorrow. I'm having a third of my water replaced Thursday because I can't get any chlorine to register and have found I have ammonia and too much CYA, I'll figure out how much I have when I get my kit but two different pool stores told me I have either 80 or 156 CYA. I put about 15 gallons of bleach in my 15,000 gallon pool and have almost eliminated the ammonia.
my main questions when I start fresh with this system;
1) I have a Nature 2 cartridge they sell me every spring for $129 I think I can throw it out?
2)They have me putting Jacks Magic Blue Stuff in twice a week (I've had the pool 10 years since new)
after reading pool school and a lot of great info from all you smart people it seems to me I'm paying for a cartridge to put metal in my pool and then paying for this Blue Stuff to take it out? Am I wrong?
3) I've been adding an algaecide, Pro 60, twice a week also. Should I continue this?
4)I don't want to continue adding CYA to my pool with tabs but when I won't be around for a few days or a weeks vacation is it ok to go back to the tabs while I'm away?
thank you for the warm welcome and I'm thankful I've found this site!