Ok, I've got 2 sets of questions and hopefully I'll get some great advice.
1. Pool has been completed almost a month ago. We've got approx. a 23K freeform pool w/ a Intellichlor SWG. PB gave us a basic pool kit and after reading the recommendations on TFP I purchased the pool testing kit at Leslie's this morning. I got the following readings.
FC - 3
pH - 7.0
TA - 20
CYA - 90
Salt - w/in good range
We've got a lot of creaming on our pebble finish and 3 gallons of Muriatic acid were poured into the pool to help speed up the process. My understanding is Muriatic acid will reduce pH. So how do I increase the pH but at the same time I'll be pouring at least 2 gallons of Muriatic acid in weekly until the creaming is gone? For what its worth, my pH was too high at the beginning of the week. Though I was using the test kit provided by the pool builder so I don't know if those results are reliable. How do I know if the results I got today are correct?
2. Every morning I clean the pool with the net. I'm a little compulsive about stuff floating in the pool. Anyway, is it normal to have bugs in the pool every day? Our pool is enclosed so I wouldn't think we would have so many bugs. Also, I live in FL. The bugs are dead & are very small ants, ants w/ wings, and what looks like very tiny beetles. If this is common then I'll accept it and be OCD about cleaning my pool. If not, does this mean my skimmer may not be working properly? Don't know if this matters but we've got a natural stacked stone wall w/ 3 waterfall scuppers. I've noticed the shallow end and by the waterfalls is where I scoop out the most bugs. The skimmer is in the deep end and it doesn't have much in the basket - mostly hair, some bugs, and grass. Just wondering if the sand from our paver deck and/or the natural stone is where the bugs are coming from.
Thank you for any advice you can provide. This is my first pool so I know some of my concerns may be normal.