We bought a house in March and inherited a 27' round AG poo (18,000 gal) that is filled with well water - oh, and we're surrounded by farm fields (I feel like this could be part of my struggle).
Anyway, we opened the first week in May and immediately started struggling, first with finding power to the darn thing. It took HOURS spread out over several weeks to find all the missing parts, hook it all up and figure out which combination of light switches and breakers would turn the darned thing on. By the time we got it turned on, we knew we had a problem - it was a swamp and a "beautiful" shade of emerald green.
Working with a pool store has left us poor and frustrated - we've shocked three times, we've tried stabilizers, conditioners, chlorine, bromine, clarifier, algaecide, flucculant, blah blah blah. I don't even want to add up the amount of money we've literally dumped in this thing in the last few weeks. After all that, our pool is STILL stupidly cloudy. And I'm about to cry. I'm tried and frustrated and don't even want to look at my pool.
I bought the Taylor test kit suggested here and have the following results from a few minutes ago (as well on questions because I hate chemistry and have no idea what I'm doing):
CYA - this didn't even register. I followed the directions and it never got cloudy and the black dot never disappeared. Does that mean that I have no CYA? Is my test faulty??
CH - I have a question, do you add the reactor until the sample stays blue after several seconds or just until it turns blue (even if it turns purple again in about 10 seconds)? If its the first, my CH 130ppm, if its the second scenario, its 70ppm.
Alkalinity - I think I actually did this one right - its 160
pH - 7.1
FC/C - We're using bromine. That said, after adding 10 dippers of R-0870, the sample was still clear and I got worried that I was just wasting the reactor. What am I doing wrong?
We have a sand filter and a single jet. I also have a brominator on the highest setting and filled with bromine tabs.
****At the time of the sample, my pool pump had been off for 24 hours to allow the flocculant to work (3 pounds). It did nothing but make my pool cloudier. I vacuumed it with the filter set to waste and emptied a decent amount of water from the pool. I have it running again with the brominator on, filter set to filter and a robot vacuum going. I'm back washing every couple hours right now (and really have been backwashing several times a day since we opened it). We have brand new sand.
Please let me know what other info you need - I'm really open to any suggestions that can get us to a clear pool!