First things first - I ordered my TF100 this morning so all I have is test strips and the pool store, Meg says I might see my TF100 tomorrow - I sure hope so!!!
I have had my pool for 16 years and this is the worst ever! - I always open early and close late (never know when you might be able to swim). Last year we had to close green, for the first time ever I had surgery and before we knew it it was getting really late. I opened the pool the last weekend of April and have been having a hard time since then. When we opened it was clear but tons dead algae? on the bottom, then it turned green. The pool store told me I had very high Nitrates and needed to drain 2/3's of the pool (we are on a well and not a good one). I then then went to another and was told that my Phoshates were high and that Algae thrives on it...... so I overdosed with Diclor (30 LBS per the kid a the pool store) and then the pool changed to a blue color and the P Store said everything was good and the PH was low add soda ash which I did on this past Monday morning, the pool became almost milky when I did this. I thought I would wait and see what happened.... still very cloudy. Shocked with 3 more lbs of Diclor not much change.... then I found this site, and started reading then I wanted to puke... I wanted to go throw $100 bills in the pool, but I did not have any....
So like I said ordered test kit, went to Costco and purchased Bleach then went to pool store to try and get some readings to post:
FC - 1.1 PPM
TC 1.1 PPM
Hardness 170 PPM
Alkalinity 140 PPM
CYA - not run -- then I asked if they could run and they said that they were out of the reagents but could use a test strip.....
Test strip reading ~150PPM (no wonder I Put in 30 lbs of Dichlor a week ago!!!)
Copper - 0 PPM
Iron - not run
Total dissolved solids - 1070 ppm
Nitrate - 80.00
At this point she told me to do something and I just said thank you and left....
My questions are -- what do I do? I think I know that I will be told to drain some of the water, how much if so or wait for my test kit? The pool store is really concerned about nitrates, I am wondering if since they are telling to drain the pool it is a way to get the CYA down also???
Thanks for all your help!!!!