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    Aug 2016
    Reading, Pa.

    New above ground pool owner

    Hello and thank you for the useful and informative information thru this site. My 18 foot round is about 3 weeks old now. Once filled, I put in some conditioner that came with the pool package and have been using the pucks as well. Read up on a lot here and bought myself a Taylor kit.

    My numbers have been good so far, I think :
    FC 7
    CC 0
    PH 7.6
    CH 200
    CYA 47

    So I am stopping the pucks now as from reading here it will only raise my CYA to a level I do not want. I am armed with the non-additive bleach bottles and know to use the pool math calculator.

    My question is how often do I now perform the tests?
    Do they all need the same frequency?

    Thank you again for all past and future help.

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    Jun 2016
    Tampa, FL

    Re: New above ground pool owner

    Starting out on the right foot!

    i test chlorine daily, when I am not traveling. The rest, weekly. Rains a lot here, so I keep my eye on CYA.
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    Jun 2012
    Edmond OK

    Re: New above ground pool owner

    It's best to test daily at first, until you get a good feel for how much chlorine your pool consumes in a day. Then once you're comfortable with it, you can start to go 2 or 3 days without testing. Just continue to add the normal amount of chlorine each day.

    Since your CYA is still at a manageable level, your target FC is only 5 and your minimum 4. You can measure this easily with an OTO drop test daily, and save the FAS-DPD reagents for a weekly test once you get it all stabilized.

    FC and pH is all I check on a daily or semi-daily basis.
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