I have a 27' above-ground pool that we are converting from Softswim (same as Baqua, I believe) to salt. I've read through a lot of what is on this site (and others) and I think I have a pretty good understanding of what needs to happen (and it sounds like it's going to be a pretty lengthy process, so I'm glad I'm starting early in the season.
My first concern is the water. I don't cover the pool in the winter because we don't have a lot of trees nearby to drop leaves, so it's usually easier to clean the leaves when I open than it is to deal with the cover. When I opened this year, there were some leaves on the bottom and a layer of pollen floating on top (I live in Middle GA and we're deep into Pine and Oak pollen season... and will be that way well into May/June) but the water looked good. After starting the pump and putting the crawler in (to get the leaves) the pollen got mixed in and I now have water that looks like a mixture of lemon and lime Jello. From past experience, it'll take quite a while for the filter (sand) to get all the gunk cleared out.
Given the condition of the water, can I start the conversion now… or should I wait for it to clear somewhat. Again, clearing is going to take a while, because as fast as the filter can clean it, Mother Nature adds more. I'm going to pick up a GOOD test kit this weekend so I can get a look at the levels.
Second… I see a lot of references to bleach. Why bleach vs. Chlorine? Is it just that bleach is cheaper in the long run? As I understand, Chlorine is 12% concentration and bleach is 6%... so if Chlorine is less than twice the price of bleach would I be better off buying Chlorine? (As you can tell, I have NO idea how much Chlorine costs!)
Finally, approximately how much bleach/Chlorine should I expect to add to at 27' (17,200 gallon) pool to reach 15 ppm? (I have not put the numbers in the Pool Calculator yet – was waiting until I got the test kit.)
Thanks in advance for the advice.