Ok, so there isn't really a monster in the pool but it has been somewhat of a monster to care for. We bought a house last year with a salt water pool and spa that was built very specifically for the previous owner. He gave us a pretty good primer but we are struggling and unfortunately live in a town with a handful of companies who have all declared that our pool is "too complicated" for them to work on. We are fiddling our way through it but need help. Here are some stats on the pool:
1. Pool is 45,000 gallons
2. Spa --I think--is 1,000 gallons (3 feet deep and 8 feet in diameter)
3. The box that has the salt levels and stuff is called Mineral Springs
Here is the current issue(s): The pool was opened up by a company that probably didn't know what it was doing. So the reading after the winter showed 0 salt. My husband was talked into purchasing about $1,000 worth of "salt starter kit" called Pristine. We dumped 8 or so bags of salt. Reading went up to 2000. We found cheaper salt and dumped another 10 bags. Reading I THINK is now at 3200. But I don't know if I am reading it right. I know the blinking lights on the system have stopped and it appears to be in the "normal" range. We have a pool tester kit that the previous owner showed me how to use. I am doing the tests and find that the chlorine is still not in the correct range. In fact, it barely registers any chlorine at all. I have put the system on "sanitizer boost" but after 24 hours, the readings remain the same. The ph is in the right range--7.4 to 7.6. I didn't do any other tests on the pool since the ph is right. The weird thing is, the pool is crystal clear....
The spa is using bromine/bromide. The pool company did not put any of it when starting it and after muddling my way thorugh, I realized we needed to put it in. Water turned a weird green and after a lot of shocking and what not, we drained and refilled the spa. I added Rendezvous Protect Plus and then Rendezvous Enhance and Activator. After 1 day, still does not register any bromine/bromide. I added another 8 oz. of Enhance tonight but am out of ideas on what the heck is going on. PH was below 7.4 so I added 1/3 oz. of ph down (balance pak 200??) Spa water seems to be turning greenish again although it is not terrible.
Please help!!! And any information on calcium hardness and other tests I should be doing, would be helfpul. I don't know anything about calcium or what that even means.