Hello all - I'm VERY new and this is my first post. I am also the proud owner of my first pool and it was installed and filled 10 days ago. It's an above ground pool SWG. Hubby set it all up with the initial chemicals that came with the pool but keeping it up is my responsibility. I've been all over this site to learn. It's an 18x33, 48" water, so about 14,019 gals. We live in S. Texas. We have a lot of trees and the pool gets direct sun only in the middle of the day. By 5:30pm it's 60% shaded. Water temp now is 77-82.
I don't have a drop test kit yet and know we need to get one but it's Easter Sunday and it will probably have to wait until tomorrow. I'm using strips for now and the pump is running 24/7. After initially being clear, the water is a cloudy light green but no slime yet.
My strips tell me:
pH - normal range
TA - normal range
FC - 0 yesterday until I added 96oz of plain bleach around noon, then it went to normal. This morning we are back to near 0. Should I do this again?
CYA - near 0. Yesterday I tried to dissolve 2-1 lb bags of conditioner (from the company) but it wouldn't dissolve very well and ended up in a pile at the bottom of the pool. Hubby flipped out about eating a hole in the liner and sucked it all up with the vaccum and into the sand filter. Then last night I tried dissolving 1 more lb of conditioner and put it in the skimmer. Two hours later, the CYA level was on the low end of normal. This morning, the CYAs are back to near 0.
Salt – strips don’t cover that. But I've not added any. Should I? If so, how and how much? Just dump it in around the edges?
Also to the keepers of the forum posts, would it be possible to have a forum section just for SWG pools? I hate it when people ask things that have already been answered a gazillion times, but with 103 pages of posts just in the "Just Getting Started" section, I'd be here for days to get an answer all the while feeling a slight anxiety as the pool gets greener and greener during my search.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!