My concern is two-fold.
1. I bought a little test kit that came with 2 bottles to test ph and chlorine. The acrylic vials have numbers next to them and that typical color bar and I'm to add 5 drops of the appropriate reagent to each side. The ph side makes sense, but the chlorine side has a different scale. It has .5, 1.0, etc. up to 5.0, and it says "ideal" is 1.0 to 1.5, which is a very pale yellow. 5 is a dark yellow. Is their version of test tube different than everyone else'? It's appearing to me that if these numbers are ppm like they say they are, then I have very little chrlorine in here, but I don't know how to get it to the off-the-chart 6 ppm. 'Anyone else have this issue?
2. When I first filled my pool, the test read between 7.8 and 8.2 for ph and in the "ideal" range for chlorine. I dutifully began the 4 day start up by adding what was to be a total of 14 oz of dichlor (I used the pool calculator, hopefully correctly), only on the third day I realized I was not using dichlor, I was using algaecide 60, silly me. Now my readings are the same for ph and if it's even possible, less than .5 for chlorine. It's totally clear on that side.
The test kit says the chlorine side reads FC after 10 seconds and total chlorine after 2 minutes and if there's a discrepancy of more than 1.0, it's reading false chlorine and that I'll have to shock it.
What do y'all think?