I almost can't believe it. One month later, we still have clear, sparkling water! After all the trouble I had just 1 year ago, this is soooo amazing. Thank you all so much for your help!
Now, I want to get things optimized for the season, I'm wondering how much Cl I should be using, and losing, each day. Our pool has a tree canopy on the morning sun side (deep end), but gets full sun from ~1pm through the end of the day. The shallow end gets a little more sun.
Also wondering about filter times. I have an electronic timer, currently running 11 hours per day, 5am-10am and 4pm-10pm. That might be a overkill for this pool, as I have roughly calculated turnover at ~6 hours of pump time. Wasn't sure if that should be run in a full 6 hour cycle each day, or broken up - it would help to have it run at least an hour several times a day, as we do have a few leaves that fall or blow into the pool - seems to help if I can get em in the skimmer before they sink.
* Note - I did a 80% drain / refill at beginning of season to get my CYAs out - was at 100+
pH: 8.2 (prob a little high from shocking yesterday morning - I let the FC run down to .5, so I had to dump in 3 gal of bleach)
CH: 240 (finally got my Calcium Chloride in!)
Water Temp: 75
I seem to be using/losing 1.5~2.0 FC per day, am a little concerned about how fast it is burning off - I imagine this getting worse as the temperatures rise? Thinking maybe my CYA should be a little higher to help with this, but wasn't sure.
Also, I have about 1/3 of the bag of Calcium Chloride left.. Would it help my plaster to boost that up a little more, or is it better to keep it at the minimum?
Thanks so much!! You guys are awesome.
Next steps (after I get things balanced out):
- test some vitamin C tablets and start working on removal of stains (plaster is 15-20 years old - not bad but I have some gray stains)
- Borates (maybe?)