I just finished assembling my new 15 x 30 AG pool. Had it filled with 12,000 gallons of crystal clear "city" water that I had trucked in. I live outside of town, so my only water source is well water. I didn't want to fight with the metals in my well water, so I decided to go with "city" soft water & have it trucked in.
Anyhow, the pool is looking GREAT!!! Crystal clear water & a water temp of 80 degrees. Kids LOVE it. It's been 24 hours since the water was put into the pool. I tested the water with some simple test strips that came with the pool. I plan on buying a nice test kit this week.
Here are my readings from the test strip...
Free Chlorine = 1 ppm
pH = 8.4 - Very High
Total Alkalinity = 240 ppm - Very High
My pool came with chemicals such as pH Reducer & Increaser, Algeacide and Chlorine Tablets.
I haven't added anything to the water yet. Nor have I shocked the pool yet. I would think that the first logical step would be to add pH reducer to get pH down to a normal level. Should I add a chlorine tablet to the skimmer basket even though my chlorine level is o.k.?
Please see my sig below for my pool specs.
Thanks & sorry for my newbie stoopidity.