I have had to turn to this forum once before and it helped me out quite a bit. I hit a point where I am a little stuck with a possible balance issue and thought that I may as well ask the experts on TFP once again. Maybe it will help some others out as well.
I opened the pool three days ago and it was pretty green. I did everything I thought I was suppose to in order to balance it out. When I first opened it my TA readings were very low at 30... I put in (and this is where I think I goofed) what I thought was the appropriate amount of sodium bicarbonate on Thursday ... I put it all in at once instead of a little one day and then adjusting the next day and now my TA is pretty high. The pool is a nice blue and no longer green however it is very cloudy (cant see the bottom). On friday my TA was about 200! and my PH dropped to just under 7 (I know the acid can drop PH along with the TA-from what I have read).
I got my water tested today for free at a pool shop to see what they suggested regarding the cloudiness (will provide my results below). They recommended that I add 4 cups of muriatic acid in each corner today and take another sample in tomorrow to see where it was at. The test said I would need 2 gal and 3 qrt of acid but the pool shop recommended to start with the above first.
My questions are:
1. Does the advice sound correct to you?
2. Is it OK to do what they suggested, to worry about lowering the TA first and then worry about bring the PH back up after or does anyone have a better suggestion?
3. Is my TA reading high enough to be the cloudy water culprit?
4. Based on my readings below is there any indication that my cloudiness could be caused by something else?
I should also mention that once the pool looked blue yesterday I added floc hoping that it would clear up the cloudiness. I shut the pump down over night but it was still cloudy this morning. I still vacuumed up the bottom and back washed it after. I have read through some threads on here regarding the same problem but there are so many different issues and responses I figured I would post fresh. I have read about the aeration tips when lowering TA with acid but dont have a pump that big and would prefer to not have to rent or buy one for this.
- - - Updated - - -
my pool is about 15,000 gallons,/60,000 liters with an 8ft deep end. I used a chlorinator with pucks (which is not my fav) and liquid chlorine every once in awhile if need be. My goal of course is to get the pool balance corrected and clear up the cloudiness.
Test results from today:
Free Chlorine: 0.69 ppm
Total Chlorine: 6.63ppm
Hardness: 115 ppm
Alkalinity: 168 ppm
Cyanuric Acid: 15 ppm
Copper: 0.2 ppm
Iron: 0.1 ppm
Phosphate: 12.62 ppm
That is all I have. Thanks for reading all and for any future responses! Its much appreciated!!