First time poster here, but I've been reading the Pool School and the forums on here for two years. I have a 12ft x 2.5ft deep, 2100 gallon Metal Frame Intex Pool hooked up to a 2800 GPH Intex Sand Filter. Its MUCH MORE filter than this little pool needs but because of that, I've been blessed with crystal clear water for two years with very little maintenance. I use the 3" Tri Chlor tabs in a floater (one at a time) and typically only go through 3 tabs all season. Now before anyone judges- we have this little pool because we have two small children. It allows them to splash and play and stand up in water up to their chest, and the adults just lounge in it like a spa. It works. We will however be upgrading to a real, professionally installed above ground pool next year. What I love about this pool is its a great way to practice and make your chemistry mistakes without costing hundreds of dollars to fix. Think of it as a trial pool for beginners.
Anyway- I left for a week and had the pump set on a 6 hour timer. So that means 7 water cycles per day. I have a new tri chlor tab in the floater, the solar cover on, and the solar heater set to run a few hours a day.
I came back and the pool looked a little cloudy at first. I vacuumed a few times but never thought it could be the start of an algae bloom. Two days later I have a green pool. I tried some granular Leslies pool store shock I had laying around (since I only needed 4oz for this size I don't buy much) but that didn't do anything. I read on here that bleach is the problem solver when you have a high CYA. (I've noticed for the last few weeks when I leave the floater out of the pool a few days my chlorine level didn't fall) So... I ditched my basic Taylor kit and am now the proud owner of a K-2006 test kit.
I put in a gallon of 8.25% Clorax bleach two days ago and the next day the green was gone and I now have a cloudy (can't see the bottom) pool. I backwashed and rinsed, and added another half gallon of bleach again. This morning, still the same results with no visual water change. I've been running the filter non-stop for a week and backwashing and rinsing every day at minimum.
Here are the results of my first K-2006 water test.
Saturation Index: -.25
Temp: 74 F
Its worth mentioning I've been adding well water since a long backwash can drain a few hundred gallons out of this pool which makes a big difference in the water level. We have hard water here and a shallow well so I can't just drain and refill to any significant level.
My question is- why is my pool still cloudy??
Thank you all.