As I've said a few times I'm just about completely converted from a 2 year shut down un covered swamp in NE Ohio to a useable pool. Only issue is I can't get my water to clear up to get the finishing touches. My results of my test are pretty dead on aside from until I get my additional chlorine reagents I am using the 1.8 of pool water and filling the rest with distilled and multiplying by 5. I vacuumed to waste last night for quite awhile and back flushed to the point the water was at the very bottom of the skimmer. My numbers before the vac to waste were:
15 FC (ish since I'm not too terribly accurate on testing type)
0.0 CC (been at 0 for 4 days or so steady)
7.8 PH (but have a bunch of CYA in a sock)
190 - 200 CH (was insanely high at beginning of swamp fun)
CYA is down to about 20 now but I had added some last week and already had it portioned in sock to get from 20 back to 40 as soon as i started refill.
I will add pics as soon as I get home or wife emails them to me. I do have about a cup of DE in my filter (psi was 9 I added till raised till 10 after I started refilling last night). I do not have Borates in but have the boxes waiting for the pool to clear up so I dont have to keep vacuuming to waste/backwashing. Water was getting better and better since switching to BBB but as of last week looked about exactly like it does now. Very foggy light blue color. I started keeping pool at 15 since adding CYA even though it wasn't going to show on the test for about a week. Last night I added Clorox at 9:45 PM and got a steady 15 till 4:02pm my wife texted me (at home with 2 kids under 2 she can only do the test every few hours at 2pm it was still 15ish) that the reading was at 10. While home I'm skimming the second I see a leaf touch my pool and after vacuuming for hours last night I did get about 2 or 3 full strainer baskets of stuff out. I live surrounded by trees and like I said...it was a swamp a few weeks ago. I would make the vacuuming a heck of a lot easier if I could see (or at least come close to seeing) a little deeper then the surface. Half of the time I'm trying to re-verify I have the brushes face down. Am I at the point where it's just keep brushing and vacuuming and brushing blindly and it will clear up? Thanks for the input and reading if you read the book I just typed.