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    Hey pool owners, I just received my Taylor K-2005 pool kit, and I am going on my 5th week of pool ownership. It is a saltwater fiberglass pool 6600 gallons.

    I had some brown algae looking stuff on the bottom two days ago. I brushed it and ran the filter for the last two days and its gone. I know its finally time to get my water corrected.

    Do these numbers look good, and if not, what should I be focusing on?


    FC: 0 (test shows clear, no color change) is that correct? I tried 2x just to make sure
    TC: - (did not calc)
    CC: - (did not calc)
    PH: 7.7
    TA: 60-70
    CH: 100-110
    CYA: 0 (the black dot never disappeared and I ran out of room to put water in test tube)
    Salt: 3000ppm (ideal per owners book)

    OK, i followed the directions spot on and even watched the review videos on Taylors site
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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simmer View Post
    Hey pool owners, I just received my Taylor K-2005 pool kit, and I am going on my 5th week of pool ownership. It is a saltwater fiberglass pool 6600 gallons.

    I had some brown algae looking stuff on the bottom two days ago. I brushed it and ran the filter for the last two days and its gone. I know its finally time to get my water corrected.

    Do these numbers look good, and if not, what should I be focusing on?


    FC: 0 (test shows clear, no color change) is that correct? I tried 2x just to make sure
    TC: - (did not calc)
    CC: - (did not calc)
    PH: 7.7
    TA: 60-70
    CH: 100-110
    CYA: 0 (the black dot never disappeared and I ran out of room to put water in test tube)
    Salt: 3000ppm (ideal per owners book)

    OK, i followed the directions spot on and even watched the review videos on Taylors site
    You need to focus on getting that FC up to a safe level. At 0ppm you are at risk of algae, or worse bacteria & person to person disease.

    Are you positive it is the K2005?
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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    You need to add a FAS-DPD test to that, TFTestkits.net

    FC needs to come up and CYA should be at least 70.

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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    It's not clear to me that you understand how essential chlorine is to your pool. Please read "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" up in Pool School.
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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    Yes, its the k-2005 complete high test kit. I will look into how to raise FC and the CYA

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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    Ok, you are missing the FAS-DPD portion of the test kits we recommend (the Taylor K-2006 or the TF-100) but you can get that on its own from TFTestkits.net. See link below.

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    Where is Tavernier? We need more info to understand your own climate which is important to know to answer your questions. Can you add the state/region please?

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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    I did just read in the Pool School my test kit is missing FAS-DPD, but i have the "complete high' version, which has test DPD Chlorine 1-10ppm and DPD Bromine 2-20ppm. It is 3 yellow reagents. The booklet says FREE, COMBINED, and TOTAL Chlorine test. I can include a photo if needed.

    I live in Tavernier, FL. Its in the florida keys below Key Largo on an island / peninsula. It rains almost everyday to some extent and the weather is always in the high 80's. I have only lived here for 5 weeks so far, but it can go over 100 in the summer and in the winter i think its around 60-70's. zip 33070 if that helps

    I am going to buy bleach, baking soda, and stabilizer today (CYA). I assume the stabilizer I have to get from Pool store, the other stuff i"m going to grocery store.
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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    San Juan Mandalay Bay / Saltwater Fiberglass IG / Installed 2012 / 6600G / Depth 5.7 / Digital Nano #75041 / RC 35.22 / Sta-Rite SuperMax 2HP 1-Speed / Hayward C12002 Cartridge Filter / AquaCal 74K BTU / Silencer Air Blower 1.5HP / Taylor K-2005

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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    You still need that FAS-DPD test. It is a drop based test that gives you an exact number for your FC up to 50ppm. Your test is a subjective color matching test and it only goes to 10ppm. Huge difference!

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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    Fair enough. I just ordered the kit. I did a test this evening and I was able to get my CYA up to 80, so thats a start in the right direction. I am going to test in the morning to see where Im at.
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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simmer View Post
    Fair enough. I just ordered the kit. I did a test this evening and I was able to get my CYA up to 80, so thats a start in the right direction. I am going to test in the morning to see where Im at.
    I did the same as you, bought wrong kit. The FAS drop test is much better, I had trouble telling different tints of color in the tube on the 2005.
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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    My numbers have been jumping around because I put a ton of bleach into my pool trying to raise the FC. PH was a 7.0 and eyes were burning, so I put Borax in and my PH is normal again. I did not receive the new kit yet, but here are my new numbers.

    FC: 0 this was a actually a 1. I used the calculator and it said to add 40 oz of bleach per my TA of 80 to raise to 5. is it the test or me?
    TC: -
    CC: -
    PH: 7.6 finally!
    TA: 50 this dropped 10-20 points
    CH: 110 same
    CYA: 80 perfect!
    SALT: 2900 I am going to raise to 3200 since it keeps lowering after rains

    Other specs I noticed: purifier was always at 42% but its down to 32%. my cell is reading 0V 5.0A, but the other day it was 17.9V 4.9A that cant be normal..

    I don't get the FC as of this moment. I really need this new kit should be tomorrow!
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    Re: New testing Kit: Please help decipher chemical levels. Am I in good shape?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simmer View Post
    My numbers have been jumping around because I put a ton of bleach into my pool trying to raise the FC. PH was a 7.0 and eyes were burning, so I put Borax in and my PH is normal again. I did not receive the new kit yet, but here are my new numbers.

    FC: 0 this was a actually a 1. I used the calculator and it said to add 40 oz of bleach per my TA of 80 to raise to 5. is it the test or me?
    TC: -
    CC: -
    PH: 7.6 finally!
    TA: 50 this dropped 10-20 points
    CH: 110 same
    CYA: 80 perfect!
    SALT: 2900 I am going to raise to 3200 since it keeps lowering after rains

    Other specs I noticed: purifier was always at 42% but its down to 32%. my cell is reading 0V 5.0A, but the other day it was 17.9V 4.9A that cant be normal..

    I don't get the FC as of this moment. I really need this new kit should be tomorrow!
    You may have such a high FC that you are bleaching out the DPD test and getting a false zero, a common problem with that type of test.
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