Hi All, been reading the forum the last couple weeks, love the community. I'm taking over care of a swamp for my aging Father. Pool details in signature. I found the pool, green with frogs and a turtle, with significant decaying debris at the bottom. He says it had been taken care of by a local service until last year, but I recall it being closed for the last 2-3 years. The pool service guy did come "open" the pool a few weeks ago and I found a copper algaecide bottle, but pool was still a swamp when I started.
After half-doing the SLAM process without a proper test kit by using strips, I finally converted and am doing this right AND asking for help on the board.
Current chem situation
PH - 7.0
Calcium - 400
Alkalinity - 120
CYA - 50
FC - 15ppm (about to add some more)
CC - 2 ppm
Now I admit I started without checking CYA and probably went through 20 gallons of 10% liquid chlorine. For the last ~10 days, I have been brushing, scooping debris, (mostly free now as best I can tell), and adding CYA and chlorine (liquid bleach). FC has bumped around from 20 and lower, when I add more. While the green is gone, I have lots of brown detritus (dead algae?) and a cloudy pool.
I have been frequently checking filter and backwashing/rinsing but I have seen no apparent change in pool clarity after several days. I am concerned the filter is not functioning properly and am considering a deep clean. PH is low and I will add more super washing soda this afternoon, but thinking about borates as well.