OK....After reading a bunch of stuff on here I fairly sure I've been "Pool Stored." After weeks of clear water, I dumped about $200 worth of chemicals (per pool store computer generated suggestions) in my pool last week to combat slight haze and some algae. A week later my FC is high at least 10, pH is low about 6.8, TA is high about 180. Other than pool store generator, I've been using BioGuard test Strips. That's how I got those numbers. I also get algae slowly growing on the bottom of the pool. Like I can see it on the steps and see it when I brush the steps and sides.
I just ordered a TF-100 test kit (literally in the last 30 min). I just hope I don't have to wait a week or two to get it in to get a real view of my pool chem levels.
I added 5 lbs of sodium carbonate to try and bring the pH up.
My understanding is the high TA will make it more difficult to change the pH (e.g. high TA makes pH move very slowly, while low TA allows pH to swing quickly). <--- Is that correct?
I'm hoping bring the pH up will help the FC to to calm down a little. I even thought about not adding any more chlorine sticks to the skimmer to also help FC come down.
Any short term suggestions while I wait on my TF-100?
I have a 20,000 gal, Gunite pool that has been painted.