I started out with a pool full of green algae on Baquacil just before closing it. I found this site, got advise on the conversion to chlorine and started the process. The pool is much better, but the water is now a beautiful color of blue and I can faintly see the bottom. I ran to Walmart and got a hth test kit (these are strips, that's what I had with Baquacil so I figured it would be easier for me) that has recommented ranges.
FC....hth recommends - 2-4 / my # - 2-4
PH....hth recommends - 7.5 / my# - 7.5
Alka...hth recommends - 80-100 / my # - 180
Total Hardness....hth recommends - 200-400 / my # - 0
CYA...hth resommends - 30-50 / my # - 30-50
I read somewhere (I thought it was here on this site) that the total hardness does not matter in above ground vinyle lining pools. Is that correct or do I need to get the level up to the recommended level?
How about the alkalinity? How do I get it down to where it needs to be? And how do I get the alkalinity down without having the PH go down too.
I can smell the liquid chlorine, is that ok?
I'm getting ready to close the pool for the season so I at least want to get a good start on the conversion so it won't be such a pain in the spring.