Very new here, like everyone else it seems after finding out going to the pool store and doing what they suggest did not work. I have spent the past 2-3 weeks reading everything i can, in the Pool School, BBB, forums etc. Seeing everyone suggest buying test kits I purchased the Taylor 2006. Some background of the pool i know off hand. 20x40 in-ground pool, approx 22,000 gallons. SWG, Sand filter, hayward pump which has been running 24/7 for about two weeks now, any other info needed?
I originally had a very bad algae problem, which now from reading on the forums about how to take care of it, with the help of the pool calculator, i believe it is gone. Finally got my CC to read .5 yesterday and has been for two days now. I am going to do one final overnight loss test to double check, as i was not home last night to do this. However the water is still extremely cloudy that I cannot see the floor of the pool. Could it be because the numbers are not correct? Or because i originally added Soda Ash as told by the pool store (mistake)?
However i also seem to be having some problems/confusion or unsure of what to do from reading in so much info and would hope someone could help me out. Last week (Thursday, not this past one) I added in 12 lbs of HTH Walmart Stabalizer as my CYA was at 30. Because of this i assumed my CYA would raise to 80 therefore i my shock levels being 30. So i have been reaching this mark everytime when shocking to kill the algae. I also read it takes up for a week for it to show the difference in a test. So i tested today 9-10 days afterwards to see my CYA level is only at 35. How could this be possible? Does algae also eat the stabilizer? Since the CYA level is only 35, and i assumed the level would be getting up to 80 should my shock level been much much lower? And what should my Shock FC be then? Could the cloudy be from adding too much bleach?
Since i know everyone asks for numbers here are mine a few hours ago pre shock.
TA: 130 (high for SWG i know, and bought the acid to aerate to try to lower to the 90 level)
Thank you for any help.