I took the plunge, and decided that I was no longer going to be "frustrated" with the costly performance of an UNCLEAR/CLOUDY Baquacil Pool after 12 years of living with mediocre pool standards.
My starting "arsenal" consisted of 5 gallons of 12% shock for $2.99 a gallon at Job lot. I also bought 2 sets of sand ... cheap brown sand (from Walmart) for the conversion process, and more expensive white sand (higher quality / refinement capability, pictured below) from a local pool store that provided EXCELLENT customer service (Ok Teddy Bear Pools).
Notice the UNUSED Baquacil Algicide still in plastic wrapper from last year. The bottle used to give me comfort ... now ... the mere sight of it conjures up bad memories