Hello! I need major help! My brand new pool (only been set up for a week) turned very dark murky brown in the last 2 days. This is my first pool....I'm a newly single mom just trying to give my only son something fun to do this summer. Here is the breakdown of what I have and what I've done so far:
Coleman above ground 18'x48" (states 6,100 gal)
Regular Filter pump (I run this 8 hrs/day on a timer)
Purchased a Krystal Clear Saltwater System (this runs 4 hrs/day on a timer)
On the first day of fill I dumped 3- 50lb bags of Solar Salt around perimeter. The water took about 15 hours to fill up and it was a light greenish color to begin with. When the salt dissolved I ran the filter pump for a good 12 hours and the SWG 4 hours then set their regular timer cycles.
Everything was was fine for about 5 days.... I cleaned the filter every other day, nothing looked abnormal, just regular buildup. I ran my test strips and the only thing that looked off was the TA (2 different brand test strips gave me different readings, between 125-180ppm.)
Then yesterday morning when I went out to skim the top, it was turning darker greenish/brown and I noticed some sort of brown soot-looking stuff on the bottom and around the valves. I cleaned the filter and it was COVERED in the brown residue. I then turned the pump on to run constantly. I put about 1 1/2 lbs of stabilizer in a sock and hung it in front of return valve so it could help disperse. I put the SWG in Boost mode.
Today when I went out, the water was completely brown! Not green at all, but solid brown. And the brown residue is everywhere!!! Is that rust or something? I bought 5 gal of 6% bleach and poured them in just now and turned off the SWG but left on the filter pump.
I'm at a loss, I have no idea what to do. The nearest pool store is over an hour away (I live in VERY rural Texas). I will pack up and go today if I have too, but I need to know EVERYTHING I must get, because it's pretty much a once/week trip for me. Can't afford to run back and forth and get stuff everyday. PLEASE help me!!!