Water was professionally tested after it was filled with well water and I can get it tested for free anytime.
Per my printout:
CH: 260 (Can I lower this somehow? Having water hauled in is NOT an option)
Sat Idx: -2
No algae or mold
I just found this amazing forum so bare with me. I was set up with what I'd need at the pool store for the removal of the iron, because last year with a smaller 3000g intex pool my water turned red after adding the shock packet and it took almost $100 in chemicals and replacement filters to get it to a light green cloudy color before we decided to just drain it and refill and two weeks later we shut it down for the year. So this time I was told to add 2 bottles of Pool Magnet Plus, with the pump running for 15m and then add Sparkle Up. In 24hrs I need to backwash. All before I add anything else.
I did add the Magnet Plus & Sparkle Up and I read a bunch of different things online about pool start up (How I found you!). Now I'm very confused (the more you know...) and a bit frustrated with the different and or vague instructions. Should I have balanced out everything and THEN added the metal remover? Or was the pool guy right to start here because as he said, backwashing could wash out the alkaline/pH.
Also, my neighbor moved and gave me all his pool chemicals (they are new this year) he had bought for his AG pool which he tore down after finding it was in need of a new liner. This is what he gave me :
1 6lb BioGuard Stabilizer 100 chlorine stabilizer
2 bags BioGuard BurnOut3
35lb bucket of Poolife Brite Stix Sanitizer (skimmer use only)
25lb bucket of Utikem 3" Chlorine Tablets
A used box filled with Baquacil products: (2tubes)test strips, (3-1QT)filter cleaner, (32oz)algaecide and (3tubes)chlorine neutralizer.
I know and love the idea of bleach (so simple!), but I have these ^^^ freebies, can I use them to start with?
I was also told to start with 1/2 the recommended alkaline increaser, then have it tested the following day before adding more? With the baking soda do I predissolve each box (1/3 total), apply directly into the pool and wait 4hrs before adding the next box to prevent staining (this is what the instructions are for the Balance Pak100 Alkalinity increaser)? Then wait 2hrs after final application to add the pH.
I love to save money, I'm what I'd consider a professional couponer and I have two little boys DYING to go swimming. So please help me. Also, how often do you run your pump? 24/7 or a few hrs every day?
Updated: after getting the TA and pH stabilized I added my CYA waited until the next day to add my chlorine. CYA was 30. After beginning dose of 80oz chlorine bleach, 2hrs later my water was brown...