We are new pool owners and first off let me thank all of you for this site and all of your advice. I have been reading everything I can get my hands on here and it has been TREMENDOUSLY helpful!! I stick test everyday, and FULL test once a week.
Our pool has been clear now for 6 weeks. We have hardly had to do anything to it, just add tri-chlor pucks When everything was set up (before I knew about this site) they gave us all of the chem's to get it up and running. No problems at all. We had been using the Clorox tri-chlor pucks, which were 95%, and NOW I am aware of the CYA rise issue. Just a couple of days ago, we had to stop using them (CYA reached 50) and are in the process of switching over to BBB, started using bleach 3 days ago.
My question is, following the 'TFP Basic pool care schedule' guidelines, (50-90) my TA is 90ppm, is was 110ppm- 2 days ago. According to the chart on here for vinyl that is acceptable. Although I have seen 'the ABC's of pool water chemistry chart' on here that says 60-120. My husband was going to the place we bought our pool to pick up our cover and took some pool water in just for a 'check-up'. They told him out TA and PH was drastically low they said (59)and of course wanted him to buy chem's, 28lbs of balance pack 100, 1.5lbs of PH reducer and 2 bags of burnout. I tested it again immediately after he got home and came back with 90ppm....
FC 1-2 ( going to add some more tonight, since I know it will be gone tomorrow.
1. The range should be between 60-90...right? The pool store says 125-150. Can someone please clarify what the correct range is for me? thank you.
2. We are going thru 1/2 gallon of bleach a day. Is this normal, the only thing we have ever done were 1 puck every two days before, so I have no comparison.
3. Is there anything to keep the chlorine longer in the water? I understand this is what the CYA is 'supposed' to do.
4. The pool store is recommending we shock every week (don't know of they are trying to get some xtra sales), but I know TFP says not needed unless you run out of chlorine, or CC over .5
5. I was told by a friend, with an inground pool, to also put algeacide in once a week as an insurance policy.
Any advice you can give us is greatly appreciated, thank you in advance! We are pretty attentive to this thing, feels a bit like a second child.