I have found enough knowledge here to realize I have been wasting time and money at the pool stores so far. A little background first, I have been around pools my whole life, but just bought first home with a relatively new pool. It was open and running great and no problems closing....almost. I'm also from New York so things are a bit different in SW Louisiana.
We had a couple rough storms over the winter that allowed quite a bit of leaves in the pool under the cover somehow with the wind. I spent a few days using leaf vacuum to get the bulk out and leaf net for the rest. If it matters they are mainly (90%ish) live oak leaves. Went to local pool store and the test results initially were close to mine.
After doing the shock, algaecide, etc. their way over the course of last weekend, the thick bright green pool turned into a muddy/greenish mess instead of a stinky swamp. It's been high 80s/90s so I know it's going to be tough. Tried again and this time absolutely no improvement. In fact this is where I started looking here. They were pushing Hardness so my liner wouldn't get damaged? Conditioner, Alkalinity up, phosfree....a pickup truck full of stuff. The results of my testing I didn't record but were far from theirs I do remember.
Forgot to mention that both copper and iron have been at zero since opening last weekend. Not sure if either of them could have any impact but wouldn't be surprised honestly.
Right now I still have my chlorinator filled with 3" trichlor going steady with pump running since last weekend. Fresh sand this season, conventional sand, nothing fancy. And until my new test kit arrives and I can SLAM, just doing 1 gal 8.25% bleach a day. My question is about my CYA and phosphates. Do I just carry on until I can SLAM or do I need to get things under control elsewhere? Is there a tannic acid problem causing the brown/green cloudiness from leaves? I've never had these problems in NY and they are long winters.
Thank you in advance and sorry so long.