I've had an Intex 16' pool for 2 years and am about to switch to a new 27' above ground pool. My first big question is whether or not to try to fill this pool with softened water. I get about 2000 gallons of capacity from the softener per recharge, so it will take 13 or 14 recharges to ensure soft water for the fill. We have very hard water (about 20 grain) here which has made getting the water chemistry right at set-up in the Intex pool very difficult. I've also used in the past and plan to use with this new pool, a saltwater chlorine generator.
Any suggestions about which way to go (soft vs. hard water) and/or best way to get the pH and Alkalinity levels adjusted would be very helpful. Also, any advice about how much CYA and how many pounds of salt are ideal to start up this 27' round x 52"h pool would be great, too.