Time to get the pool going! We had a long winter, and then like 15" of rain in the last month... it has not been a good spring for pool owners here! We kept our 10,000 gal Intex type pool up over the winter... took the cover off today and it was a swamp. I debated trying to SLAM it, but a few factors led me to just drain it instead (it was already 25% drained, SLAM is more difficult with a sand filter from what I've read here, I won't be around to monitor it daily for the next week, etc...). So I am in the process of draining it now. Then I'll clean it out with bleach water and start filling probably tomorrow. I've read a TON of great information here in regards to maintaining the pool. I bought the Taylor K-2006c and a Speed Stir, so I'm ready to start testing the water. I have a SWG, so from what I've read here my numbers should look something like this:
Salt- 200-400 ppm above manufacturer's recommendation (I have a test kit for the salt)
CYA between 70 and 80
FC between 4-6 ppm
Alkalinity between 60-80 ppm
pH around 7.5
I'm starting with brand new city water. I plan to add my salt as soon as it is full and start filtering to get the salt dissolved. My real question is when to test to adjust the rest of the numbers. I know the SWG is more for maintaining... and I'll need to get the FC level up with bleach before then. Should I test my water straight out of the tap to see what the levels are first? And start making adjustments based on that while the salt is dissolving? I really just don't want to get any blooms before I even start swimming! If it makes sense to do so I'll test the tap water and post my numbers here for suggestions? Thanks!