In advance, thanks to all for the wonderful advice found here and in the Pool Forum!! I have learned enough to make my head "swim"
I am new to the swimming pool world and about to throw my hands up! We bought a 2 year vacant home that came with this lovely frog sanctuary, which I fondly called my cement pond until the croaking got the better of me! Seriously, I must have relocated over a thousand frogs to new homes around the area! This was late June and we cleaned about 3 feet of muck out of the bottom. By mid July we had fairly clear water pool by shocking the water with granular chlorine and dichlor as well as using a store brand algaecide (not polyquat 60); however the pool was not one in which I would swim. We went out of town for 2 weeks only to return last week to what we thought was a white algae bloom. I decided it was time Mom took charge and get educated. Thankfully I found your site.
Just alittle info about our pool: It is a 2003, 40' x 18' heart shaped gunite ingound pool with some type of plaster finish with 3.5' to 8-10' depth depending on the nice coastal Georgia thunderstorms. So we approximate 30,000 gallons filtered by a Hayward 300# Sand Filter and a new Hayward 1.5 HP pump (flow rate unknown) which has been running 24/7 for the past week. We have a bottom drain and 2 skimmers with 3 rotating eye return lines. Lastly, we have a dedicated cleaner return line (Polaris 480 pro) with a new Hayward 6060 3/4 HP pump. The latter just arrived yesterday so is not connected.
Do to timing, we got the Taylor K-2005C kit locally. Test results are as follows:
FC-5 ppm PH- 7.2 CYA-60
TC-5 ppm TA- 120 ppm
CC-0 CA Hardness- 300 ppm
No borates tested. Non have been added yet.
The Saturation index is 0.2 at a estimated temp of 78 degrees.
We have kept the FC (by strip measurement) at 10 ppm for atleast 6 days using bleach. The stabilizer measured 0 two days ago so we added 3 # of dichlor. The water has been very consistently cloudy until today. This is not algae bloom as the sides are smooth. There is a fine dust on the bottom of the pool which can easily be stirred up but not captured in the leaf net. In fact, I cannot really feel it, but the water feels oily to me. Do I need to add a clarifier, and if so, which one would you recommend?
Also, my goal was to keep the TA around the recommended 70-80, ph at 7.5 and the FC at about 6. I think since our ambient temp is around 90 I will not increase the CYA to 80 at this time. At this point, what would you recommend. I have the BBBs and muriatic acid waiting in the garage. I am just a little nervous about putting in muriatic acid to lower ph, aerate to elevate TA, then adding borax to increase the ph. So, any advice would be greatly appreciated at this point.
Hope I have been descriptive enough without being bothersome.
Thanks a mill!