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    My first big mistake of the year

    I messed up real bad ....I put in about 1 lb of cya, and using my test kit TF-100 I got no results for over a week (the water was in the 60's), So I added more. Now the test reads 90. I only use bleach, and except for leaving town for over a week. I don't plan on using anything but bleach. That being said, my pool is crystal clear no cc's and everything is going good. My TA is A little high at 110. Should I do anything or just keep on trucking on? I will try to keep my fc at 5 till it gets hotter then up to 7.
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    Re: My first big mistake of the year

    90 is a bit high, but as long as you keep on top of it and don't get algae, it will be OK.
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    Re: My first big mistake of the year

    You need to maintain your FC levels per the CYA/Chlorine chart in pool school. If you're going to use bleach............just let rain water and water replacement let that CYA number drift down slowly unless you're in the mood to replace some water now. It can take up to a week for CYA to properly register on a test. Of course.............you know that now! Check your PH regularly and see if it likes your TA level or not. Adjusting Ph down with acid will also lower your TA over time.
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    Re: My first big mistake of the year

    Thanks for the reply. I was thinking the same thing, that as long as it stays clear, I am good. One question that I have. How will I know if my TA is too high?
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    Re: My first big mistake of the year

    You'll know when the TA is too high by the pH making a large swing. If you test one day, and pH is 7.2, then you test the next and it's 8.2, then you'll know it's too high. By adding acid to lower pH, you're also lowering TA, and eventually, you'll hit a "sweet spot" with the TA, where the pH just "locks in" and you'll find that you barely ever need acid.
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    Re: My first big mistake of the year

    Thanks for the reply, it doesn't make a drastic change but it will gradually go up, so I will work on that, once again thanks for all the replys.
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