Hello all and thank you for the information in advance. Long story short, bought intex pool, did a darn good job putting it up, was all excited. Had water trucked in 6000 gal which took about 1/2 hour or so. Everything was looking good. needed to top off the pool (about 3000 gal) filled with garden hose (well fed) Turned off/bi-passed my water softener took quite a few hours 6+. next morning there is a bit of a tan-ish color to the water . put a chlorine tab (3") in the float and let it go, by next day.....GREEN.
Oh man, now I have algae I have to deal with (so I thought). Thought to myself "they make stuff for that, I'm on it." put some algegaside in there....next day, nope that didn't help still a crystal clear green. OK maybe I should take this to the pool people and see what they have to say. Head to local (30 min drive) Leslie's. They test the water...hardness low, chlorine a little high, stabilizer low. Mention how the water looked and said why don't we test metals being it was filled with well water......tested Iron and Copper. Iron .3ppm, Copper 1ppm. You got too much copper, put 1/2 bottle of metal free in the pool, that will clear it up, run the filter 24/7 (was a cartridge filter at this point).
Next day same results, took water in (1 hour round trip drive AGAIN) and tested. iron .1ppm copper .6ppm, making progress. Told to add other half bottle let it go over night and should be good. Next day same results, drove BACK AGAIN, different person at counter, iron not registering, copper between .3 and .6 (visual water color test). Told to go add more Metal Free. Buy another bottle and off I go. add the 1/2 bottle go to bed. next day same results.
OK well maybe someone at a different place will tell me something different, stop on way home from work and they said bring in the water and we can test it and get you going.....run home turn around and go back (before they close) only a 15 min drive this time. They test my water using a little disk deal that goes into a spinner and the computer tells them what the measurement are. little Iron, 1ppm copper. WTFrick, how did more copper get into the pool? Just running a filter, have added no other chemicals at this point just the metal free.
The new pool place didn't like how everything else was looking (Chlorine in particular) so they had me add 2 lbs of shock. Added 2 lbs of shock ran filter all night, next day still green. Back to pool place had test water again 1.1ppm copper its going up?!? UGH. Chlorine was still high because of shock, that has to come down before adding more Metal Free. That night (last night) my Intex 3000gph sand filter showed up WOOHOO. Filled that bad boy with 121lbs of sand and ran it all night. Chlorine still high first thing this morning and still green of course. Tonight when i got home from work, chlorine back down to under 2 but still green, so I could put metal free in it again. So 1/2 bottle in and filter running, and here I sit wondering WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
This would be where you all come in. What should be my next course of action. I chalk 90% of my issue to being inexperienced.....should have tested water first before I did any chemical treatments, but I have now made my bed and am laying in it. My big concern is staining my pool. I am just wondering when I need to possibly pull the plug (literally) and get some new water, or is this manageable with the right help and assistance. More metal free? CuLator? Should I try something similar but different brand. Jacks Magic gets good reviews, maybe its better. Would a clarifier help? (although that word seems like the devil on here), or am i just SOL? I do believe I will be getting a TF-100 they seem all the rage and necessity. (currently using clorox pool strips) THANKS ALL!