I am having water balance issues and I want to make sure I'm following the right steps to correct it. I filled my pool from my well which has iron in it and after filling it, the water was dirty (brownish) looking so I ran my sand filter pump a couple days to clear it up. The water looked pretty good so I proceeded to add the required salt for my pool and let the pump run for another day at which time all the salt was dissolved. I then turned on my SWG and set it for 5 hours. The next day the pool looked like someone made some green tea in it. The water was clean, but was tinted a light green. I'm thinking iron in the water, but I also forgot to disconnect the copper bars on the SWG so maybe that contributed as well. I only had water test strips at the time, but they revealed that my PH was high (off the charts) and so was the TA. I knew I needed a better way to test my water so a bought a Taylor K-2006. I performed my first PH test yesterday and my PH was in fact off the charts. So I did the test to determine how much muriatic acid to use to get the PH down and then added the acid to my pool with the pump running. I'm going to recheck the PH today to see if it worked, but I just want to make sure I'm proceeding in the right order. Here are some questions I have.
1. Should I balance the water (PH and TA) before adding chlorine to the water?
2. Was I correct to start with getting the PH right before anything else?
3. My pool holds around 5,000 gallons of water, but with backwashing and evaporation the water level is down a good 8 - 9 inches. Should I add more water now or wait until I get the current water balanced?
4. Should I use my SWG for initially adding chlorine or should I use bleach?
5. Should I get a complete set of tests from the K-2006 before doing anything else?