WOW, I guess I am in the same boat. Just got my first pool last week and bought the Pristine blue not knowing about pools. I am on my second spa in 15 yrs so I know a thing or two about chemicals (but not much). The spa is easy because i drained it once a quarter but the pool is all together different because my city charges a boat load of money to use water.
I used Pristine Blue and now wish i would have gone to basic chlorine or the BBB. My skimmer basket has copper/brown looking smudge that wipes right off, i am sure this is the product doing its job and sending the bad to the filter.
So bottom line is i am regretting this PB after reading these boards and want to get rid of it. I searched the boards and found this post. Any advise would be appreciated, i am very busy and travel 3 days a week, i need lower maintenance.
Please forgive me if i posted wrong, or such. Serious newbie here.