I will say now that I wish that I had started reading these forums before getting the pool. I wouldn't have changed any of the decisions on how it was setup, but now it seems like my head is spinning with numbers for the chemicals needed.
Anyway, my first issue would be with the AquaRite panel. There are readouts on it that can be scrolled through, but the manual isn't very intuitive as to what they all mean. I can figure a couple of them out, but the others are beyond me atm.
- 3000 - (This is the salt ppm I would guess)
AL - 0
E - 9 - (not really an "E"...the top is cutoff. I'm guessing referenceing the T-Cell-9)
Are any of these readouts reliable? As for the salt, I was given an AquaChek salt test strip and each and every time I test, it gives a readout at 6 (actually had 6.1 today earlier) which would mean the salt would be at around 2610-2830. The readout on the AquaRite constantly reads 3000...sometimes hits 3100.
I have ordered the K-2006...expect it on Monday. I have also ordered Taylor salt kit, but it hasn't shipped yet.
I have also been looking at the suggested ranges for chemicals from the pool store:
- FC - 2-4
TC - 2-4
CC - 0-10
pH - 7.2-7.8
Hardness - 175-280
Alkalinity - 80-120
CYA - 50-100
Salt - 2700-3400
Most of the numbers don't look too far off from what I've read on this site, but I'm not sure about the hardness number. I have a vinyl pool and it seems a bit high from some of the posts I read...even though the Water Balance for SWGs section does say 50-300...maybe I'm over thinking it.
Anyway, until I get my real test kit, I also have an Aquachek test strip and I have been getting the following numbers:
pH - 7.8 (hit 8.4 one time yesterday)
FC - 1 during the day / 3 first thing in the morning
TA - 120 (hit 180 when I hit the pH of 8.4)
CYA - around 80-90 atm.
I really hate these strips since they are very vague.
The water is clear and so far since opening, the pump has been on 24/7.
Thanks for all the info on this site...well, maybe...it hurts my head thinking about it at times. Now hopefully my profile is setup correctly...