Good Day pool experienced people. Newbie here trying to get my family swimming in our new 16' above ground pool. We set it up on June 11, 2016 and the water from the city line was "TERRIBLE!" Basically, the pool was greenish-brown by the time I could turn the pump on. Anyway, I borrowed my neighbors KT-2006 test kit today after reading tons of "cloudy" pool posts so I could post accurate numbers while asking for help and clarification. I have been fighting the pool water since turning on the pump and I can honestly say I am getting frustrated. My test results were as follows:
FC - 22
TC - 26
pH - 7.8
TA - 120
CYA - 40
From all the reading I have done these are the areas that are the most important to me right now I think. If I am wrong please feel free to educate me. I was running the 1600GHP cartridge filter that came with the pool, cleaning the filter every 4 hours and loosing a lot of sleep. I installed a 13" Sand Filter with a 3/4hp pump today and was able to vacuum the pool today for the first time. I had a lot of grey/white stuff on the floor. I am assuming it was dead algae. I did not "vacuum to waste" for the first half of the cleaning then I remembered what I had read on here. The pool was very cloudy after vacuuming and has not gotten better.
I have back flushed the filter 3 times thus far today as I seem to be SLAMing the pool without knowing it. I have kept my FC at just below shock level since the pool went up. My pH and TA have finally stabilized some over the past 2 days. I read "How to SLAM" earlier this evening and used pool math to figure out how much Liquid Chlorine I needed and added 1 gal. I have been guessing until I was able to use the KT-2006 test set tonight. So please let me know if I am on the right track.