Ok guys you have to excuse my ignorance.
i have very little to go on here as we just bought this house last august and never had a pool in our lives.
Pool guys opened it and closed it. When they closed they put a floating chlorine puck thingy in for the winter.
By end april with the hot weather we have been having here in canada i started to get algae. I called them to open again (trying to learn myself) and they didnt do a complete open. They left the algae to me.
So i filled my chlorinator with pucks and ran it full blast, vacuumed and backwashed. The water is milky and foamy, the algae looks gone but i have faint green stains. my problem i guess is this....i have test strips that tell me my chlorine is 5.4 my ph is 7.8 and there isnt a fc level or cya. i dont have some of my stats but i posted what i know below like you asked.
i cant figure out how much bleach i need and will it clear the stains? do i shock it once a week?
sorry guys but you are looking at a girl who is greener than algae and i need guidance. no one we know has a pool either.
and oh yeah what is the difference between chlorine and bromine?
Dj aka Starskygirl
18k gal, 16x32 IG 3 season indoor, rubber lined, sand filter (sorry thats all i know right now)