Good heavens, it is AWFUL.
Started opening this beast up over the weekend. The pool sat with a cover full of holes for at least two years, and the water was a nasty deep dark green. My husband emptied out half the water and refilled after getting the pump & filter going. Then we shut it off and netted out a ton of leaves. There may be more, but we can't see the bottom to check. We threw in 5 bags of super-shock on Saturday and backwashed the filter. The water went from dark green to light green. We threw in another bag yesterday, and scrubbed the sides and bottom as best we could. Started seeing mucous blobs in the water - total grossout! This morning I poured in about 30 oz of algaecide after scrubbing the entire thing again. The water is now a weird bluish-grey color. Still terribly murky. After adding the algaecide, the water got a gross thick film on the top in the section furthest from the return.
Bought a test kit - strips. These numbers are the only ones it reads:
FC - 0
pH - 7.2
Total Alkalinity - 40
Total Hardness - 100
Cyanuric Acid - 30-50
After reading here, I see that we need to keep that FC number up, so I went and dumped in another bag of shock, but I guess I need to purchase a whole lot more! We wanted to be able to use the pool this weekend, but it sounds like this war might take a while. Any advice is greatly appreciated. I've never had a pool before, and I'm terrified I'm going to dump in the wrong stuff at the wrong time and completely ruin everything.