I just bought my first house that came with a 24' above ground pool with a sand filter. So there has been a steep learning curve to try and get this thing ready to swim. The previous owner had emptied the sand out of the filter. I bought sand and figured out how to work the filter after some tinkering. I have been backwashing when the pressure has increased about 6psi. The pump has been running 24/7 for 4 days.
However, my water is cloudy and green. 4 days (Sat,) ago I started adding some shock that I bought from the pool store, but I think I did it too slowly. Over the course of 2 days I added two 1 lb bags of dichlor and two 1 lb. bags of Cal Hypo 73%. I have a brush vacuum attachment that I have been using every night as well.
Starting 2 days ago (Mon.) I switched to just using bleach after reading more and more on this forum. I have been following the "How to turn your green swamp into sparkling oasis". Last night I added bleach to shock level 3 times and then it seemed to hold.
http://www.lesliespool.com/Home/Pool...its/81330.html I have this test kit. It doesn't have the DPD powder that I see some people talking about.
These are the current levels I can remember, I will update tonight when I can get home and test again.
FC = 10 (although it is hard to distinguish the colors of pink)
CYA = 0 (or very close to, doesn't look cloudy at all after adding reagent)
pH = 7.2 (I think it was below 7, I have been adding Borax slowly)
CH = 80
Can't remember TA.
How quickly can I expect to see improvement? I thought it would be cloudy and gray this morning showing that I got most of the algae. I think algae is the only thing that causes a green color.
Any advice would be much appreciated. It is going to be very hot soon and I want to get this thing open.