We have been reading the boards and information on this site and we have been amazed at the level of support and interaction. We are so glad we found you!
We have started our conversion today from Baqua and will be going to a SWG system. The SWG system has been installed, but is turned off until we get our FC to the correct levels for two days. The salt has not been added yet. We are taking pictures and are happy to share them.
We started with a heavy green algae and got the pool to clear with Baqua and everything was at the proper levels. Within a few days, it was turning green again. We have had the pool for 5 years, the first two were fine, but the last three have been getting more and more difficult and expensive to maintain. We have spent a fortune and have similar stories as a lot of you with our pool store experiences.
I'll have to find the UCP (whatever that is) to add our pool info to our signature, but it is 20k gallons with a 1 yr old vinyl liner and sand filter. Let us know if you need additional info.
We got the Ph to 7.2 and then we started with 4 gallons + 3 quarts of bleach per the calculator and have the water set to recirculate, not filter through the sand. Should we run it through the sand right away or wait a little while? I'm afraid that the sand is already a problem as the pressure seems high and we have backwashed it several times over the last few days. I do have to replace the pressure gauge as it doesn't go to zero, but it does rise and fall from 10-20.
We will check the FC every hour or so today and tomorrow and then will have to do mornings and evenings around work. We are using a wallmart test kit, but have ordered the the TFTestkits TF-100 XL. If anyone has any suggestions, we would be happy to get them. We are novices, but are learning pretty quickly.
Thanks in advance,
Steve & Sabrina