About two weeks ago my pool started turning green. I was told that the chlorine was't working due the high acid concentration. Once I found out it needed do be drained halfway to control the acid levels, I did some googling and found this site. A day or so of reading and I fired my pool company. That left me with a green pool and $200/mo back in my pocket! I've been reading here for about 2 weeks and got started using your methods about a week ago. First of all, thank you to everyone for all of the great information! I am sure I screwed some things up in that first week, but confident I can recover.
I finally received my test kit yesterday. I was shocked by the numbers based on what my Clorox brand strips were telling me. I am afraid I am doing it wrong, but hopefully I will get more comfortable over time. For the week leading up to yesterday I have been trying to maintain chlorine levels using bleach and ignoring everything else the strips told me. I figured as long as I could keep the pool from turning green again I was better off not polluting the water with Clorox chemicals. Turns out I was right. Here are my numbers as of last night before adding more chlorine:
CYA 75 (explains the return of algae I noticed)
TA 380 (with 25ml test) & 575 (with (10ml test) - I don't trust this one.
After using the pool calculator I added chlorine to get to proper SLAM levels. Unfortunately, I failed to set the concentration to 10% and left it at the default of 6%. This means I added almost twice the chlorine it called for and shot my FC up to 50. I expect that will naturally dissipate? Oops.
Here is where I started a week ago:
And what looks like this morning:
I am just looking for any thoughts, opinions, or advice. Thanks again for the great resource.