hi there. be kind please, i'm new here. i have read pages and pages of posts and advice here, but that doesn't stop me having more questions !
i've a relatively new pool that i've struggled to get 'stable' and like many here, have spent a lot of time and money at pool shops getting conflicting results, conflicting advice and expensive chemicals. i'd come to this website initially to identify the 'best' test kit available in australia, but saw from the body of knowledge here that there was much to be learned as well - thank you, sincerely.
having spent much time reading the advice here about optimal levels of various aspects of the pool water chemistry, i came home tonight and revisited the manufacturer's recommendations. in short, they are (and i use *their* words):
1. ph - we strictly recommend a ph level of between 7.2 and 7.4
2. total alkalinity - you must maintain the total alkalinity between 80 to 100 ppm
3. cyanuric acid should be at 30 to 50 ppm
4. free chlorine levels should be between 1 to 2 ppm
5. chlorine levels should not exceed 5 ppm
now, unless i've got it all wrong, the general water chemistry levels that appear to be recommended on this site are:
Salt200-400 ppm ABOVE recommended optimum level
CH220-320 for fibreglass
Borates30-50 ppm (optional)
so, if i've misread the information here, i apologise and i am happy to be corrected. otherwise, why are the recommendations SO different and how do i reconcile them with what appear to be very clear directions from the manufacturer ?
sorry, but i'm totally confused now !
thanks for any help you may be able to offer.