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    Just starting out - first results

    Initial readings

    FC: 3
    PH: 7.2
    TA: 40
    CYA: 0 (not surprising since none has been added)
    Temp: 65 degrees

    SWCG set to 70%
    Pump run time: 2 hours on high then 11 on low

    Thoughts on this? I just started with the CYA. I have two socks hung in front of returns.
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    Re: Just starting out - first results

    Do you have a reading on the calcium? It's not a problem if it is low, but it could be an issue if it is high.

    The salt reading should be according to the manufacturer's specifications.

    The TA is a little low but not a problem unless the pH stays low. Watch the pH and increase the TA 10 or 20 ppm if the pH goes below 7.2.

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    Re: Just starting out - first results

    Okay we had a nice sunny day today. Test results as of 15 minutes ago

    FC: 0.5
    PH: 7.2
    TA: 20
    CH: 30
    CYA: 0 (just put two socks in front of 2 returns)
    Salt: 3020 (strip) 3300 (panel)
    Temp: 62 degrees
    SWCG: 70%

    Should I increase chlorine first? Then go after TA?
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    Re: Just starting out - first results

    What is your TC or CC? You need to see if you need to shock, which is fairly likely given you have a FC of 0. You don't want to bring your CYA up too high (30 is good) while you shock or you'll be spending a lot more on chlorine.
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    Just starting out - first results

    I will do those tests and follow up. This is a new pool that was only recently filled if that helps.
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    Re: Just starting out - first results

    I wouldn't jump to shocking just yet. Until CYA get's into range you can manually supplement with liquid chlorine. My guess is that with low CYA and a nice sunny day, the SWG is struggling to keep up.

    Also if TA is really 20, you may consider adding some baking soda. How did the TA come down from 40? Have you added any acid?
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    Just starting out - first results

    TA 40 = test strip
    TA 20 = TF100
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    Just starting out - first results

    So my plan for tonight is

    182 oz of 6%
    23 lbs baking soda

    Makes sense?
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    Re: Just starting out - first results

    Raise the TA first, give it an hour to mix in. Then test the PH to make sure it is still in range. Then add bleach.
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    Just starting out - first results

    Okay baking soda has been in for about an hour now. Going to grab some samples ...
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    Just starting out - first results

    Okay

    PH: shade under 7.5 maybe 7.4
    TC: 2.0 (tf100)
    CC: 0.5 (had a faint pinkish cast and 1 drop made it clear)
    TA: 80
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    Re: Just starting out - first results

    I ended up putting in 24 lbs of baking soda (2 bags) and 65 oz of 6%

    Is there a more accurate PH test?

    Thank goodness for the TF100 and TFP!
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    Re: Just starting out - first results

    Okay tonight's test results

    TC: 5.5
    CC: 0
    PH: 7.5
    TA: 80-90
    CH: 20
    CYA: < 20
    Salt: 3020 (this is odd since I added 40 lbs of salt)
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    Re: Just starting out - first results

    Good progress

    There isn't really a better PH test, though you have some options with different tradeoffs. You don't need to get the PH exactly right, just get it in the general range you want.

    There isn't much point in doing the CYA test before a week is up. You just use up the CYA reagent.
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    Just starting out - first results

    Thanks Jason. I have 55 lbs of boric acid on it's way. I likely wont need all of it. Now if I could just get the rodent suicide to stop (pulled 15+ bodies out so far)
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    Just starting out - first results

    One question. Do I need to bring up the CH? I have a vinyl pool ...
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    Re: Just starting out - first results

    Vinyl pools are just fine at very low CH levels. The only thing you need to watch out for with CH is if it gets too high.
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