Last year I did almost everything you guys said to do and I had nothing but problems. The clue is I didn't do everything you guys said to do: why brush the pool and stir up the algae...that's dumb...I want it to settle so I can see the bottom. Wrong.
This year I am determined to keep the faith. The siren song of the pool store algae killer on my shelf is being ignored. Instead, I'm up 45 gals of 12% chlorine and it is starting to clear. I was (and still am) at 0 CYA so that is the reason for so much but finally got some and hopefully in the next few days it'll come up and the chlorine demand will fall off.
New folks, do everything the experts say...everything. Thanks experts!