Me again. Thanks for your previous input re CYA.
Here's our story as briefly as possible and I apologize in advance for being so clueless!!!! During a hot spell we spontaneously decided to put up a pool without having done ANY research . Had the pool up for a couple of weeks then noticed the water going off a bit - darker/cloudier/tiny bit greenish/slimy sides and bottom. Brilliantly decided we should put chemicals in (duh!) after brushing the sides and bottom. Errantly used (obviously we have NO idea what we're doing!) Aquarius 5 Salt Water Maintenance Kit. Proceeded to add the chemicals almost as the instructions stated (ahem). That was a few days ago. We have since purchased a test kit (duh again! - happen to be test strips which I now read are not a good choice). The pool is not much better. After reading some posts on your Forum and out of desperation we decided to add some chlorine (about 2 gallons).
Our levels last night were: Total Bromine 20, Free Chlorine 10, Total Alk 120, PH 7.2 or 7.8, Total Hardness 1000.
Our levels this morning were: TB 20, FC 10, TA 180, PH 7.8, TH 250.
(I'm thinking the Bromine and Total Hardness are not pertinent to our pool but are for a spa?)
The chemicals in the Aquarius kit that we added are: Pool Water Stabilizer (is this the CYA?) 450 g, Comfort 450 g, Algicide 500 ml, Stain Prevent 500 ml. (I basically don't know what any of those are compared to the chemicals discussed on this forum).
Anyway ... you can see we are in a mess. If the test strip numbers are in ppm then our chlorine is crazy, yet we still have darkish unclear water. The test strip for the PH shows almost pinkish and on the chart it should be more orange so that one is hard to read. At this point we are wondering if we should just drain the pool and start from scratch (utilizing the TFP method, of course!), and get a proper two way test kit.
Sigh. Your advice would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks so much.