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Well I just opened my new pool. even though I cant swim in it (to cool weather) I have been trying to balance it out. I have a 11,000 gallon fiberglass pool. Since my pool contractor basically left me to my own devices it has been uphill on learning everything. I added too many 3" tabs (5) and set the auto chlorinator to 7. well in just a week I had an over chlorinated pool. I mean way over. I turned the chlorinator off but it was to late. My chlorine level would not drop. in 14 days all I could get it down to was a glowing orange reading when a pale yellow was required. (yes Im a newb). That was with letting it go on its own.
I took a sample to the store and they had my CYA level at 250 ppm. First I had never heard of CYA and now I never want to again. So I drained 60 percent of the water and replaced it with tap. The CYA is 95 now. My PH was high (9.0) so following their instructions I hit it with Muriatic acid and now its a PH of 6.5. This is a struggle. I want to know how to do this without draining my pool every six months because of the tabs raising the CYA levels. The pool store told me that any other method is too much work and would require me to be balancing the pool every couple of days. My chlorine level is now to low 1.5 but I'm afraid of putting more trichlor tabs in. Any advice out there.