Here's a brief history: We bought our first pool in July of 2007, but because we had such a wet summer that year, it didn't even get set up until mid August. I, too fell trap to the Baquacil "sucsess stories" Well, since the pool was only open for about 2 months before we had to close ALL was great!
Fast forward to spring 2008. Opened the pool to beautiful crystal clear water (or so we thought). Teen daughter and some friends got in to stir it up a bit for a light vacuum job. Quickly got out due to being attacked by white tissue papery stuff they had stirred up. Yep, you guessed it, white water mold. After trying to get all of it cleared out, which I think we did, I was spending, oh heck I don't even know, other than it was a LOT, just trying to keep the water in check. Fast Forward to August, and got another little present I wasn't bargaining for, mustard algae! Finally, after tons and tons of shocking, got that cleared up and shut the pool down in early Sept. Hated to do it, because it was fairly warm, although the water was starting to get cold.
So, here it is today, May 2009 and I've decided to do the conversion. I went to the pool store (first mistake) and they said sure we can help you convert. So, I bought the stuff she gave me, not exactly sure was it was, but she said put it in for 48 hours and bring your water back to be tested. Did that, banquicide was reading low, but shock or oxidizer or whatever they call it was through the roof. Now, do you you think I could maintain those levels when I needed to?..lol
Anyway, she gave me a bunch of pucks and said just start adding these daily. This could take a while, maybe even all summer. Well, I don't want to wait all summer, because I am planning on upgrading to a bigger filter, when my conversion is complete. That is when I got online and found this site.
I started the conversion process yesterday and have read this site religiously for the past few days. I just kind of jumped right in, but I already knew from reading and looking at pics what to expect.
PH is 7.6
CYA roughly 10 due to using the pucks for about a week
I don't have a good test kit yet (ordered the one they sell here yesterday). So after using the bleach calculater to raise CL to 15 it took about 3 gallons of bleach every hour just to get a color change in the water and for it to hold any CL at all. Probably like about 35 gal. the first day The water finally did change to a dark murky green last night. I don't have anything floating on top although my skimmer sock is quite a lovely shade of rust. Today its more of a clear lime greenish, the CL is still reading really high so I haven't added any yet today, but I will check again shortly.
So, I guess my question is this: Is there any way I might have over Chlorinated and ruined my liner? I can see some clear water separating from the green around the edges of the pool and everything looks ok. I guess I just need some reassurance from the experts! I have read every article in conversions here, heck I even caught my hubby reading it, and he doesn't even mess with the pool, thats' MY domain...lol
Well anyways, sorry this is so long, I just wanted to say I think this is a GREAT forum and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything turns out. You all have a GREAT day.