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    First test.

    Just finished filling pool for the first time. Took the test strips we have (insta test 5), I know the TF100 is on its way.

    Fc 0
    Tc 0.5
    TA 80
    PH 7.6
    TH 50

    So according to pool calc, my pool is just under 5k gallons.

    So I added 1 quart of bleach to get FC to 3.5
    I added a very small amount of muriatic acid (like 1 oz)
    And added 1 lb of solid CYA (didn't realize there is liquid available, my lowe's only had dry)

    My pump is running, it is a 2650 gph pump so in under 2 hours wi cycle through.

    Do I wait 2 hours to test again?
    Cindy

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    Re: First test.

    How did you add the CYA?
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    Re: First test.

    Wait one hour, with the pump running before testing again.

    There was no need to lower the PH, though it shouldn't hurt either.
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    Re: First test.

    I've got it in a sock by the skimmer. That is what the bottle said to do. I know that it takes more time for the solid cya to completely dissolve, so I'll be monitoring my chlorine levels closely for a while.
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    Re: First test.

    Quote Originally Posted by crs16
    I've got it in a sock by the skimmer. That is what the bottle said to do. I know that it takes more time for the solid cya to completely dissolve, so I'll be monitoring my chlorine levels closely for a while.
    I had no idea the sock method was on the bottle!
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    Re: First test.

    Thanks Jason and Butterfly.

    Actually I think the bottle said to pour it in the skimmer. My husband took one look at those small particles and told me to use a sock.
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    Re: First test.

    Smart guy
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    Re: First test.

    Got my tf100 today. Yay!!!

    Results
    FC 4.5
    CC 0.5
    CYA 25
    pH 7.5

    I thought from the test strip and the Taylors test that the FC level was closer to 3 than 5. Interesting.

    The only thing I'm even mildly concerned about was the CYA. I estimated for 30 and got 25. I live in Albuquerque where it is hot and sunny. I'm trying to figure out if I need to add more CYA. Opinions? The kids have been playing in the pool a lot more with friends, so I've been adding 2.5 cups of 6% bleach to keep the FC up the last 2 days. Would it be worth it to add enough CYA to bring it into the 30 to 40 range?
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    Re: First test.

    With your location, I suggest you go ahead and get your CYA up to 50.
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    Re: First test.

    Ah yes. I'll go do that. Thanks Butterfly! You have been very helpful!
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    Re: First test.

    Make sure to follow the CYA/chlorine chart when you up the CYA to 50.
    FC chlorine will need to be in the 4-6 range all the time.
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    Re: First test.

    Yeah, I did check that, so I added more bleach to bring me up to 6 last night.

    Thanks everyone! It is looking like a fine weekend for swimming!
    Cindy

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    Re: First test.

    Cindy,

    You are off to a very good start with an excellent understanding of your pool water. It is always a pleasure to read a thread where someone has done their homework as well as you have.

    Please don't be so nice to Butterfly or she will soon have to order a larger size sunbonnet
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    Re: First test.

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Please don't be so nice to Butterfly or she will soon have to order a larger size sunbonnet
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    Re: First test.

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Cindy,

    Please don't be so nice to Butterfly or she will soon have to order a larger size sunbonnet
    Oh, Dave! You better watch out for Butterfly.

    Cindy

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    heehee
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    Re: First test.

    Quote Originally Posted by crs16
    Just finished filling pool for the first time. Took the test strips we have (insta test 5), I know the TF100 is on its way.

    Fc 0
    Tc 0.5
    TA 80
    PH 7.6
    TH 50

    So according to pool calc, my pool is just under 5k gallons.

    So I added 1 quart of bleach to get FC to 3.5
    I added a very small amount of muriatic acid (like 1 oz)
    And added 1 lb of solid CYA (didn't realize there is liquid available, my lowe's only had dry)

    My pump is running, it is a 2650 gph pump so in under 2 hours wi cycle through.

    Do I wait 2 hours to test again?
    Did you buy your pool locally? I am also in ABQ and in the market for a 15'x52" round.
    15'x52" Atlantic Admiral, Hayward ProFlo LX 1HP pump, Hayward 16" Sand Filter.........BBB Method

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    Re: First test.

    Quote Originally Posted by DSALRAM
    Did you buy your pool locally? I am also in ABQ and in the market for a 15'x52" round.

    I pm'd you.
    Cindy

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