Hi All, I'm a new pool owner in need of help. We just filled our pool on Thurs/Fri, added salt and waited the required 24 hours before running the SWG. I let the kids swim on Saturday, but then read "Pool School" and got really nervous since I had not added any chemicals to the pool yet. So went to Wal-mart Sat. evening and picked up the needed items. I've ordered the TF-100 test kit, but it hasn't arrived yet. I tested with Aqua-chem 6-way test strips and I entered my results into the pool calculator. So Sat. night I added the recommended amount of bleach and CYA since I didn't have any chlorine or CYA in the water (according to the test strip). Didn't do anything with the pool on Sunday. Left if covered all day long. Checked the pool this afternoon (Mon) and found something in the bottom of the pool (see pic). Is this algae? I went ahead and tested with the test strips again and here's my results:
CYA-20 (My best guess since the test strip color didn't exactly match anything on the bottle)
I have been running the SWG for about 4 hours a day, but with no CYA in the water I'm guessing I'm loosing my chlorine pretty fast. Or, am I not running the SWG long enough?
As you can tell I really don't know what I'm doing yet. I've already learned a ton from TFP. Looking forward to receiving my test kit so I get more accurate test results.