With a lot of POP and some encouragement from you guys I am starting to come on the other side of this algae problem. The water is starting to clear and I only have about a 1' "layer" of greenish hue water in the deep end that is clearing now. I think the biggest problem I was experiencing was that I started from a leafy swamp and the cc's in the water were staying too high to let the chlorine do its job. This week we have had a good bit of sunlight to help with the process and it has really turned things around.
I also had a little bit of trouble with the PH dropping too low. This was probably due to dosing the pool with muriatic acid while also allowing my cya granules to dissipate in a knee high in the skimmer simultaneaously. I figure the cya was lowering the ph as well as the muriatic. Getting the ph back up to speed seemed to move things along as well.
The question I would like to pose now pertains to cc.
When testing your water (OTO) while treating for severe algae and unseen organics due to water clarity would the cc be showing up in the test sample? Or for that matter would during routine testing would some of the reading you are getting in the color shade be cc's as well?
In other words, if I take a water sample during an algae outbreak and it consistently reads a chlorine level that is say 3-5 would some or most of that ppm cl be tied up in cc? I know that during one 5 day period I would keep seeing chlorine levels at or above 5 even though I had added no additional chlorine and the water was still green. I have come to the conclusion that if you are trying to fight algae and you don't have a FAS-DPD test you will have a fight on your hands. Especially if you are impatient.
Thanks for the help and encouragement it looks like I am only a couple more shocks towards winning this battle. When this is over with I think I will test for metals because the trim strip around my steps is looking rust brown.