When i uncovered my intex 15x42 pool a week ago, i inadvertantly dumped the filth that was on the pool cover, into the pool. That caused a huge mess which i have skimmed as best I could but i also discovered that i had hundreds of tadpoles in the already green, algae filled water. I figured the best thing to do was drain the 4000 gallons and start over however, it all didn't drain out. I brushed everything down hosed out all that i could and then started to refill. Needless to say, it was still a nice shade of moss green but at least most of the tadpoles were gone. Yesterday i put in about 2 1/2 bags of shock and bought some sink and sweep then i found your website. The moss green is now a cloudy grey/green so i will assume that's improvement. I have read enough to know that you highly recommend the test kit which i will order however in the meantime, i am using strips. I'd like to know, based on what the unreliable strips say, what else i can/should do until the water test kit arrives...and Monday is a holiday so it'll be delayed. My readings are as follows:
FC somewhere between 3 and 10 but closer to 10 it appears
ph too low to read
CYA below 0
Last year, i used chlorine tablets, baking soda, borax and shock so i have plenty of all of that on hand. What can I do in the meantime?