I started a citric acid cleaning yesterday afternoon and this morning the pool looks great. Now I want to start to rebalance but I don't know what to do first or what chemical to use. I've put 2 qts of HTH Metal Control so I think I'm OK to start the SWG or add bleach without the stains returning but what about the TA and pH which are low as expected.
The TA test started turning after 3 drops and fully turned after 4 so guess it's about 35.
The PH test was less than 7 and it took 16 drops for the base demand test to reach 7.5. If I use the Taylor table for soda ash, I come out with 10.25 lbs (I added the amount for 10 drops plus the amount for 6 drops). Backing that into the pool calculator gives me a pH of about 6.1.
I have baking soda and I have Borax, but I don't have any soda ash.
So does anyone have an idea of what should I do first and what I should use? When can I start adding chlorine (SWG or bleach)?