I am new here so please bear with me. I have read a lot. Ordered a new 2006 test kit and still awaiting arrival. I have a 16 by 32 in ground About 15,000 gallons. Cover basically collapsed into pool over winter. I had a lot of leaves and junk in the pool. I got all of it out. I bleached a bit. Probably about 400 ounces over 3 weeks. Added 72 ounces of Borax diluted into a 5 gallon bucket. 100 ounces (measured powder in a pitcher) of Baking soda. I noticed some brown staining on the stairs after a few days of adding the baking soda and borax. The newly inserted jets turned as well. I decided to stick 4 3 inch pucks into the skimmer. Almost seemed to make it worse. I have since removed them. My FC looks about 3 and the PH around 6.8. Using some old strips so not sure how accurate they are.
I read about the vitamin C test so I dropped a tab on the stairs last night. That section now looks pure white. I added 1 qt of pool time Algicide plus Plus (3.3% Copper, contains polymeric ployacrylate and gluconate stablizing agents) hoping maybe it was mustard algae. Not really seeing a ton of difference after about 4 hours of pump running.
Did I somehow add iron into the water? What did I do? The water seems clear and smells great. The brownish water/stain appear to tint the deep end (about 6ft) and cover the steps. Did I raise PH too fast or something?