Well I just anniversaried my pool ownership and I'm happy to report that TFP has helped me through an entire year without any adverse events (blooms, etc). Thanks guys.
The one thing I'm hoping to improve upon this year is my chlorine consumption. I have (as you can see below) a 28,000 gallon pool in sunny Phoenix AZ. What the signature does not say is that the pool is in direct sunlight ALL day, and we have no trees close enough to even provide a little bit of shade. As a result, I burn through a LOT of chlorine (at least it SEEMS like a lot).
After discovering something like 300+ CYA when I moved into the house, I drained all of the CYA out and replaced it with water.
I went with ~50 ppm of CYA and gave it a season to see where my consumption was at. On average, I went through 1/2 gallon of 10% every day, which adds up to something like $50-60 a month in chlorine expense.
Obviously the solution is to buy a SWG when I redo the pool, but that is a few years off since we have a major backyard overhaul scheduled where we'll do the patio, yard, pool, pool equipment all at once.
So...in the meantime I want to maintain my beautiful pool balance but also don't want to be dumping 1/2 a gallon a day in there... I've seen some people in PHX or similar areas go with 60-70...wondering if that will make any substantial difference, or do I need to kick it up a few notches? What is the highest you can go without sacrificing the effectiveness of the chlorine?