We set up an Intex 10' by 30" above ground on Sunday afternoon. It's in the shade. I've been reading the forums and it was very clear to me that I needed to locate a test kit asap. I went to the pool store and tested the pool. Everything came back within a normal range except for the chlorine being non-existent. I was told by the pool store that if the pool didn't show any chlorine to add about 1/2 gallon of 10% sodium hypochlorite with the filter running and let it run for another hour and then let the kids swim. After an hour I re-tested and the chlorine levels are off the charts. The test tube turned the color of my iced tea! The ph, which had been 7.6 were now 8.0. The total alkalinity was 160 ppm. I don't even know where to begin to fix this. I tried the calculator but am not finding that very easy to understand. I am so new to all of this!
I would appreciate any help.