My wife and I just bought our first house and to add to the overwhelming responsibility of home ownership, the house has a pool (20 Kgal, salt water cell, sand filter, vinyl liner). We just had our pool opened on April 19th. Visually, the water has cleared dramatically however it looks like it's hit a plateau; we can see the shallow end easily but the deep end (~8 ft.) is still obscured. It has been this way for about 3 days now. Additionally, there are floating clear 'bits' on the top surface of the pool even though the pump has been running 24/7 since the opening.
Chemistry as follows:
pH = ~6.8-7.0
FC = 10+ ppm (we have added a bit of shock since opening to kill the large amount of algae)
salt: 4000 [ppm?] (to keep the FC up for the algae)
~ Gross estimates using test strips.
1. Are the floating clear bits on the surface dead algae that need to be vacuumed?
2. Is the cloudy appearance a result of the large amount of undiluted salt or other particulates?
3. What should be our next steps to get everything crystal clear and balanced?
Thanks for your advice in advance!