I'm dealing with ammonia for the first time and needs some guidance on how to proceed toward my SLAM please.
Texas Splash and Duraleigh were kind enough to help me with an issue about a month ago in which I ended up needing to do a SLAM. I had to jump ship due to health issues.
Kept the algae at bay with polyquat 60. No chlorine, no CYA.
Texas Splash encouraged me to try Cl of 10 and test in 10-15 minutes to see if I had at least half the Cl still showing up before adding any CYA. This was to see if I had ammonia.
I finally got to it today and yes I have ammonia. First clue was my "Special Needs" pool didn't turn green. ( I have iron in my water. High Cl turns water green) The ammonia used up the chlorine before it could react with the iron. Next clue was it smelled like the old city pool I used to frequent when I was growing up .
Here is what I've done, where I am and what I need to know please:
Cl dose for 10ppm - 3 gal 10% bleach - test 12 min later -- FC- 0.5 CC- 3.5
Cl dose for 10ppm - 3 gal 10% bleach - test 10 min later -- FC- 0.5 CC- 4
Cl dose for 10ppm - 3 gal 10% bleach - test 15 min later -- FC- 5 CC- 2.5
Cl dose for 10ppm - 1.5 gal 10% bleach (yet to test)
My question is when do I put in my CYA? I have read on the forum to not put it in while trying to get rid of the ammonia and also to go ahead and put it in. Some threads say when the bleach starts to hold.
It's mid afternoon here and sunny so it won't hold long. I'm attaching some photos to show that the water didn't look bad at all. Just goes to show water can look pretty good but not be safe.
I have a small amount of debris in deep end that we just can't get out. I don't know if it's blow back or what. I'll pose that question later.
Thank you for your help!