Ph 7.3 (can I believe this number with high fc?)
TA 275 (up from 250)
Ch - didn't test, almost out of reagent, but close to 300 I'm sure.
Cya 50 (does temp affect this)
I've added 1/2 gallon of muratic acid, and 5 lbs of dry acid and it seems my TA is going up! It has rained a few days but I thought that would only affect the ph and lower TA.
So I'm confused and feeling defeated. My water is still cloudy, chlorine is holding steady..was 9 a week ago and is still at 8, but I haven't added chlorine. I suppose cause it is so cold and I'm leaving it covered, there won't be much loss.
I went to the pool store to test for metals and they of course have different numbers...they have the following:
Ph 8.3 (is that because they aren't adjusting for high chlorine?)
TA 215 - if that is true then I am making some progress.
Ch 300 - seems about right, I had 350 about 10 days ago, before I added scale inhibitor.
Copper 0.3 (remnant from winter closing kit, yes you can yell at me for doing that)
So they told me to dump in a ton of ph down. Im hesitant because my tests and the strips I quickly check with tend to match up (you can knock the strips if you want but my results are pretty close to what I get on the strip) with the ph. I don't want to bottom out and ruin my heater.
I'm still thinking this is scale of some sort...does that make sense since filtering isn't clearing it (I use skimmer socks to help catch some stuff), and the chlorine levels are holding? If this were algae, wouldn't I have chlorine consumption?
I'm wondering if I should just keep tackling the TA in small doses as I've been doing.
Any advice is appreciated...