for some reason, I can't get my pool to the crystal clear level that I want. Its a solid 90-95% clear but I want more. I can see my bottom drains in the deep end (6'6") but I have to stare for a minute to find them most times. The pool was as clear as its ever been on Saturday morning but after a full day of swimming with a lot of kids, it was pretty cloudy at the end of the day. I realize this may be expected but I ran the filter overnight along with the auto-vac and it was still cloudy on Sunday and then again on Monday, although I did have more swimmer both days. I ran the auto vac overnight and have the pump running 24/7 every day trying to lose the cloudy haze to no avail.
shouldn't my sand filter have cleaned most of this cloudiness up overnight? or can it take longer after a lot of swimmers on hot and sunny days? my filter will has a 100 gpm flow rate but I'm not sure if that depends on how fast my pump is running. I've been running it in the 2100-2200 rpm range. assuming its 100 gpm, that means my entire pool should turn over in under 3 hours. if I'm running the filter 24/7, that means my pool is getting turned over at least 8 times a day. shouldn't this clear up any cloudiness relatively quickly?
my levels have always been steady except for FC which comes down every day and I bump it back up most nights. Here are my usual readings:
Ph 7.5 (this has a tendency to rise. when it gets to 7.8, I add MA to get it back down to 7.2. it'll take about a week to get from there back up to 7.8)
is there any downside to having FC too high? I bumped it up a little too high on accident Friday night since I was expecting a boatload of kids this weekend. FC was at 11 on Friday night, went down to 4.5 after a full day, I bumped it back to 7.5 Saturday night. It was at 5.5 on Sunday night and went down to 4.5 as of last night. I didn't add any bleach the last 2 nights but do have my auto-chlorinator running until I get my CYA level up. I get a lot of direct sunlight on the pool from 11 am to 5 pm so I'd like my CYA to get to 50ish.
over the last 3 weeks, I have performed and passed the OCLT many times so I know there is nothing in my pool so that I would need to shock. CC has always been 0 or <.5 on every test as well.
Can my cloudiness just be due to the new plaster as my pool is only 1 month old? if not, what else could it be?
here is a pic of the plaster finish I have on my pool. it didn't give me the blue look I had hoped. its more of a light blue look to the water as opposed to a deeper blue and maybe this is what is throwing me off.
here is an example of what I mean by 'lighter blue' look of my pool. FYI, this is not my pool but one that gives the same bluish tint. is it possible that a deep end on a pool like this light blue would look hazier than a deeper blue?
reading this forum has been a godsend helping my take care of my first pool. I think I know what I'm doing but just can't seem to lose this slight haze that hangs around my deeper end especially. maybe I am setting my sights too high? I'll try to take a pic tonight and post it so everyone can hopefully see what I'm talking about. the ones I have you really can't make out my drains on the bottom.
thanks again for all of your help.