Just found this site today and had to bookmark and become a member.
My wife wanted a swimming pool to relax in and that my 2yo son could play in and she found the Intex 12 ft x 30 in pool at costco for $65 and I installed it on or back patio.
I got it up and running and had it nice and clean for the first month of operation, but I live in Mexicali, Baja California Mexico and the winds here can get crazy at times. With the wind comes very fine dust.
I have been battling the dirty pool bottom for the last few weeks and after first rigging up the stock intex pump to vacuum which did nothing but recirculate the fine dust I rigged up some pump tubing to my 12 gal rigid shop vac. That did the trick for the most part, but due to the windy weather and the fact that the chlorine levels were sky high I stopped using the pump and kept the pool covered for the last week.
I went and uncovered the pool today and saw that the bottom again was covered in fine dust and when I checked the condition of the filter, it was covered in a white slimy substance that I would presume to be the start of a bacterial or algae bloom. I also noticed small particles suspended in the water as well.
I decided to completely vac and drain the pool and start over based on reading through the info on this forum.
I dont have a complete test kit yet and only have the walmart chlorine/PH oto test.
After reading and using the pool calculator I have added 8.9 ounces of clorox bleach and also refilled the floating chloro dispenser with 1 inch tri-chlor tabs.
Is this the proper way to add chlorine to the pool on startup?
I know that free chlorine is needed and that CYA is needed to keep chlorine in reserve, but I could not find the info saying when to add what and when.
My municipal water here is at 7.5 Ph and about 1 chlorine using the OTO method. I will be ordering the TF 100 test kit and will also pickup Bleach, Borax and Baking Soda.
Thanks in advance and for all of the wonderful knowledge you have offered, I have been reading allday!