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I had heard how great salt water systems were and when we purchased our new metal frame pool this summer, I purchased the salt water system as well. It worked very well the first two days, but then began reading low salt. We have since added 5 more bags of salt to the original 6 bags and it still reads low salt. It is a 12300 gallon pool. After reading the trouble shooting guide that came with the salt water tank, I took the cell chamber off of the pump and discovered that the internal mechanisms were covered with calcium deposits. This didn't surprise me because we have well water, which is hard water. I am wondering if using the water softner salt as opposed to the pool salt would help take care of this problem. Also my ph is through the roof which is promoting algae growth. Since I am new at all of this stuff, I am getting very frustrated. Is it really safe to add that acid to my pool water? My husband says that is really strong stuff. The alkalenity is fine and I have been keeping the chlorine levels ok with bleach, but because the salt pump is not working and because the ph levels are so high, I am having to add the bleach almost every day and fighting some algae issues. Also, is it better to keep the pool covered when not in use? I would appreciate your advice as to how to solve my problem. Thank-you