Hi All - So about a week ago I noticed what looked like "dirt" accumulating on the bottom of the pool. At the time we our pump and filter were in decline and we were tying to get someone out to repair/replace. By the time we realized the pump was just about gone (and old and undersized) the pool was starting to look swampy. We replaced the pump with a new slightly bigger unit(1HP from 3/4 hp) and got a sand filter better suited for the size of our pool (36x18).
On Friday evening I shocked with cholrine to above 20ppm then tried to maintain a high FC all saturday(never below 10-12). On Saturday evening and on Sunday morning I used a granular chlorine shock that had some algae killers and clarifiers. Since then I have just kept the FC level up. By Saturday morning the green color was gone and the pool actually had a nice shade of blue and was clean (I kept the pump and filter running 24/7 with side suction cleaner on for cleanup and circulation). Since then it has kept the blue color but has been dull and cloudy with no real improvement. I can barely see to the bottom on the shallow end. I have tried to remain patient and keep the pump/filter on (which BTW, my pump has randomly shut off about 4-5 time in the past 3 days running it 24/7 - is it getting overheated?) but the water doesn't seem to be turning.
Here are my current readings, done 5 min ago:
FC: 10.0 ppm
Calcum Hardness: 200
CYA: Not sure, I have not got the hang of reading this, it's either so low that it doesn't work or I have bad agents. The water to test never seems all that cloudy and I can't seem to get a good reading - or it's very low.
Should I keep the FC higher? Keep shocking? Raise PH? If everyone says to just wait and keep running 24/7 then I will but it seems like it should be turning slightly by now.