Hello. We have a Pool Series 18' x 48" metal frame pool with the skimmer filter. It holds 6,500 gallons approximately. We have had up about a week and I am still struggling to get all the levels to where they need to be. I can't seem to get chlorine to read. When first put up I have shocked several times trying to raise chlorine level but doesn't seem to be working. Water is pretty clear but not "sparkly" clear. I check my filter daily to make sure it is clean and have noticed a yellowish orange color on filter. Our filter has the chlorine dispenser in middle but not sure this is working very well so put a floater in pool for tablets.
A couple times my pH has tested high so I have used ph Minus to bring down but it keeps going back up and chlorine stays at 0.
I just tested pool again and here are my levels:
Free Chlorine (FC) 0/0
Total Alkalinity 120
Total Hardness 400
Cyanuric Acid 30-50
Chemicals I have bought to use (all hth products):
Dual Action 1" Chlorinating Tablets
Shock 'n Swim (used several times)
ph Plus (haven't needed to use this yet)
Natural Clarifier (only used this once)
I need help from some experts. Please Help! Thank you so much.