Ok, so this is my first experience with a pool and pool maintenance. I have to say thank you to EVERYONE on this site because it has been an unbelievable resource in getting this going. I have an Intex 18 X 48 Round. I am using the BBB method (which really should be BBM because I need the Muriatic Acid way more than the Borax!) I am also using the HTH 6-way test kit (please don't hate me!)
I am wondering if anyone has successfully used the HTH 6-way kit for permanent maintenance? I have had the pool open since Memorial Day and I test frequently. (Daily at first and now every 2-3 days). Once I got CYA up to 40 and pH down to 7.5 all I really seem to have to stay on top of is Chlorine. I add bleach in the evenings as needed.
So, what am I missing? I am a teacher and pool ownership is definitely not in the budget, but I got the pool on sale at the end of last season for $199 and I dont really want to spend the money for a kit that costs nearly as much as the pool! My kids absolutely love it and I cant believe how affordable it has been so far. I know that everyone on these boards recommends the more expensive kits but so far I have had crystal clear water and no issues. Is it possible to keep going this way or will it come crashing down eventually? Has anyone out there used the HTH kit over time successfully?