As an early birthday present to us, my mother-in-law got us a 18'x52" AGP with a saltwater system. We got it assembled, filled it, added salt and followed all the instructions. It went unused until we got a deck built beside it because the ladder majorly sucked. At one point last week the water went green. We ran the filter and used the 6 way test strips from wal-mart. The pH was low, as was the TA, hardness, stabilizer, chlorine, etc. We started getting low flow warnings every day. We rinsed and/or replaced the filter and flow would resume for ~24 hrs and then it would alarm again. We added baking soda to raise the pH and TA and calcium to raise the hardness. We also added Cyanuric acid. We followed instructions for running the filter pump 24 hrs after adding the CYA. Then we tried to run the saltwater system, but it keeps getting interrupted by the low flow warnings. The filter is clogging faster than it should be. They are supposed to be replaced every 2 weeks, not every day. I just used a test strip and got the following results:
Hardness- between 100-250
Chlorine- didn't change color
Bromine- didn't change color
pH- high (7.8)
TA- >180 (scale is yellow to green and it turned blue)
Stabilizer- very low. Closer to the 0 color than the 50 color
Should we add bleach to get the chlorine up until we manage to get the thing to successfully run the chlorine producing cycles? I know we need more CYA. What should we do from here (besides get a more precise testing kit). We have gotten in the pool a couple times, being sure to rinse really well afterwards, but knowing there is no sanitized whatsoever creeps me out. Any suggestions on the filter issue? The water is not green anymore, it is mostly clear. There's a very very slight cloudiness I attribute to it needing a bit of a vacuum and the fact it has no chlorine.