Hi all..I hope I'm in the right spot and apologize before hand if I'm not.
We put up our pool last Monday, and Tuesday all the opening chemicals were installed, which included the following:
4# Stabilizer, added to skimmer per directions on bag
2# Super shock
and I stuck 3 pucks in the floater.
Before today, all I had was the cheapy OTO test ket from walmart, and have been adjusting the FC readings with liquid bleach to try and stay around 5. (each night it dropped to around 1). PH readings from that test all weak appeared to be around 7.4 avg.
Yesterday I got my Taylor K-2006 kit and did the tests this morning as early as I could, and they are as follows:
FC - 2.5
CC - 0
pH - Umm..bright pink. I added 10 drops of the R-0006 and it hadn't changed color yet. Any advice on what I am doing wrong testing, or if it's just that high?! I'm guessing with my TA number that high, the PH is very high.
TA - 250
CH - 225
CYA - I'm guessing 0...The black dot never disappeared with it filled to the brim.
So...my question is, do I attempt to raise my CYA right now? Having added the stabilizer just over a week ago (8 days), I would think it would be registering by now. (I read it can take a week to show if granular was used)
Did I do wrong by adding it to the skimmer, I've since read on here it should be added with sock method.
When I can get my CYA to an appropriate level (30-40??) can I discontinue the pucks, or should I take those out now? I've read those can raise the CYA too high.
Also, in regard to the PH, would I attempt to lower that with PH Lower or Acid before adjusting the CYA? Or will the CYA adjustment take care of that?
Sorry if this is a scattered post, I just don't want to forget to ask something and I know there is a wealth of knowledge on these boards.
Thank you so much!!