We started filling our pool on July 9th (about 12 days out). It will be SWG but we aren't running the SWG yet. The plaster (quartz) start-up instructions say "minimal chlorine for 10 days, then no shock for additional 10days." We are using the chlorine pucks in the 2 skimmers for now. I got my TF test kit last week, so I'm still definitely learning.
TC is minimal--2ppm with a CYA of 30-40. Is this adequate for now? I know my CYA should be higher with SWG but since the SWG isn't on, should I be following the non-SWG recommendations for now? I sure don't want a crop of algae to start.
Also, my TA is still high 140-180; the start-up instructions said get it down to 70. We've been adding muriatic acid to lower it, then letting the PH come back up by aerating some, and doing this cycle but the TA really doesn't seem to be moving. Should we be lowering the PH more and then keeping the waterfall or deck jets on more to make this process go quicker. What is the harm in the high TA?
Thanks so much for helping me understand. I keep reading the pool school info and waiting for the light bulb to come on!