I am the new owner of a small above ground pool (see sig). I filled it up and turned on the filter pump with a new filter cartridge. I've been adding 1" chlorine tablets (hth brand) every other day or so to the filter cartridge.
Our water is a bit cloudy and we were hoping for that crystal clear blue color. I bought a starter kit from HTH but I'm having trouble getting the pool balanced. I checked the water levels using the test strips. Here are the results (as best as I can tell from the strips):
CYA: 0 (it was hard to tell between 0 and 30-50)
These readings were taken after adding 10oz of HTH Stabilizer, 5oz HTH Ultimate Mineral Brillance Chlorinating Granules, 8oz HTH Shock Treatment, and a 1" chlorine tablet. This was before I found TFP or learned anything about pool care. I was just trying to go off of the starter kit instructions. Now with about half of the chemicals left, I am still stuck with cloudy (not green) water.
I tried raising the CYA first. It was at 0 this morning. When I just tested it looked like it was almost at the 30-50ppm mark on the test strip, but it was very hard to differentiate between that and the 0 mark. So I'm not really sure.
What advice can you give to help me straighten this out? The kids are ready to swim tomorrow after waiting all day for me to get the pool ready!