From the test at Leslie's this afternoon:
FAC = 5
TAC = 5
PH WAS 7.94 (Leslies said to put in 3# baking soda, which my wife did after test)
They told us to put 3# baking soda in, which is in now for almost 4 hours. After 4 hours we're supposed to put 1 1/2 Q MA.
I put another 1# of shock (73% CH) in there when I got home so it's closer to 7.5 on FAC and TAC now. PH reading about 8.4 on my strip now.
About 1 1/2 weeks ago I thought the CYA was low, so I put in 4 # of Conditioner from Leslies. Didn't take a sample in but had a low reading on my Hach AquaCheck Select strips. Still having some algae growth, although the pool is crystal, but now know my CYA is still low, and I was afraid it must be off the chart because I put the whole 4# in there instead of just putting in 2# and then checking it like they told me. I put 4# in there last year also. Was afraid I'd have to drain the pool but now at 30 ppm on CYA.
Ordered a Qt. of PhosFree online today. Also ordered PHH Algaecide 60 Plus Swimming Pool Chemical-1 Quart today.
How's this mess look to you? Never had a pool in my life til 3 1/2 years ago. I don't usually buy the stuff the pool place pushes and just up the chlorine. Never used Borax before, but have a box now. Never used bleach. Never covered the pool, and have huge pecan trees that drop **** in it all the time from my neighbors (Spring and Fall), but those little caterpillar things are done dropping this year so should be easier to maintain, as it has been each year. I always have trouble in Spring when the trees are dropping all kinds of junk in the pool.
I "try" to keep my FAC & TAC around 5, but with the low CYA I've been dumpin lots of chlorine in the pool, but still getting algae.