Hello from New Mexico!
I am so excited to have found the TFP site! I can't change the past but I can control the future of my pool chemistry better now by reading these forums, I knew I did not understand pool water chemistry but after reading several helpful pages on this site I have a better understanding and it really is making sense now what I have been doing and not doing to help my pool out.
I have a Foxx pool 20 x 32 15k Laguna Right vinyl, Pump 3/4hp pentair 20gpm, sand filter 300lb . this is my fourth season and I decided to take the SWG plunge when I opened up Saturday the 12th May.
I bought a digital 220 with an SC-36 cell the week prior to this I plummed and wired it up.
When I started it up Saturday afternoon I had to add 200lbs of salt I used Diamond Crystal Solar Salt from Home Depot. after about 30minutes my salt leves were at 3200ppm. I also added prior to the salt a deluxe start up kit 1qt algacide, 2lbs calcium hypoclorite shock 68%, 32oz of clarifier all from in the swim web site.
I have put the unit on a 72hr boost starting Sunday morning the 13th. Today the 14th at 1600 is what my pool chemistry is: I used 3 different methods for the tests and results vary a little bit.
Electronic Aqua Check: FC=0 PH=7.6 TA=154 /
Aqua Trend Total DPD KIT (reagents are about 2yrs old) FC=1 - TC=2 - CC=1 - PH=7.4 - TA=225 - CH=200 - CYA=50.Aqua Check Strips New with Deluxe opening kit. FC=0 - PH=7.4 - TA=180 & CYA=30-50 color range.
I did one more test using Aquachek strips that test for salt as Sodium Chloride and according to the chart on the bottle and the test strip reading 5.4 which = 2190ppm salt. My digi 220 right now reads 3000ppm.
I need to know what I my next course of action would be. the water appearance at start up was somewhat cloudy and currently it has cleared up but at the cost of running the SWG into the ground is my concerns.
Any advice would be appreciated.