Being a pool owner for only one year now, I thought I would try to really stay ahead of my bleach this year to avoid issues with water bugs. I have even been dumping extra bleach; test and scrub, vacuum, skim daily (some of those several times/day).
So why in good heavens did I just remove a stick bug from the pool yesterday (about the 4th one this season) and about 3 backswimmers this morning? I thought I had the 'food supply' issue under control and yet it's pretty clear my pretty sparkling blue water has hidden issues. On a positive note - I have noticed DRAMATIC improvement with little to no Boatmens. Last year they were my biggest challenge. I thought the backswimmers feasted on boatmen and the boatmen feasted on algae...I'm about ready to throw this pool in the garbage! LOL...
My latest numbers are:
FC - 8.5 / CC - 0
pH - 8.0 (I have also been struggling with keeping my pH down...yesterday the calculator told me to add 27oz and yet this morning, we are back up to 8.0 again! Calculator now suggests adding 43 more oz of m. acid)
TA - 157
CH - 448
Any input would be welcome