Started this spring with a swampy mess, but thanks to this forum and the great people here, it is now crystal clear.
I had a small DPD test kit that I was using but I had to rely on pool store tests for the things my kit wouldnt test. I gave in and just got a better one from TFTestKits (really fast shipping by the way). I also just ordered a 8gal Liquidator to feed the beast for me - should arrive later this week.
Here is my first full set:
FC - 5.5
CC - 0.5
TC - 6.0
pH - 7.5
TA - 170
CYA - ~27
CH - 140
Water is crystal clear and seems to consume approx 2ppm chlorine each day.
Here are my questions:
1) should I work to lower TA or just leave it? pH has been very stable.
2) should I nudge CYA up to 30? I've been rounding to 30 for my levels anyway.
3) The CYA/Chlorine chart shows FC levels of min=2, target=4, and shock=12. The pool calc shows goal of 2 to 6. How do these relate? Is 4 ideal, but anywhere between 2 and 6 is ok? I have been letting FC drop to 2 then add bleach to 6. That is about 1 jug every other day. Is that the right way or should I try to keep it over target?
4) I assume the Liquidator will allow me to tune into a more constant level (4?) correct?