Hi Experts, thank you in advance...been reading posts on this and other sites for awhile and have converted....
24' round, 52" high- AG, laars heater, Pool Frog - Homer Glen, Illinois
This is from the local pool store that does the "little vials" test, not the strip reader....I use strips daily but have decided to purchase a kit.
A little history, try not to laugh at me....
Opened the pool 2 weeks ago. Water was cloudy and had a "purplish" substance along the bottom of the walls. On Monday, had the water tested at a nearby store and was told needed chlorine and my TA was too low and my calcium at 40 was too low. Sold me a TA increaser... and huge bucket of Calcium increaser. Did as instructed and went back, TA was still too low, bought more TA increaser and shock. Added calcium, still too low. Not seeing any chlorine results, even after adding shock. Went to a different pool store for testing, and they did not ask if I had a pool frog. Said my calcium was too low and Copper too high. Said to add "metal out" and calcium ($30), which I did as instructed last weekend. Monday I read in the pool bible they gave us with our pool, if I have the "pool frog" to turn it off BEFORE adding "metal out" products...too late! Left the pool store on Wednesday in near tears because teenager told me the brand new mineral cartridge (which I was soo pleased to have purchased online saving $30) for the frog was ruined by the metal out.... discovered this and other online pool forums that afternoon. Spoke to pool frog manufacturer and he said it's probably okay but to remove the mineral cartridge before using metal out product again...which I did. The water test done wednesday showed the CYA was 111. The pool frog supplies tri-chlor and thus explained why not having any success with FC readings. Also explained why we now have black algea because the pool frog is a giant rip-off waste of money.....among other pool store scams.....anyway cut to the chase.
Realized from online experts the only way to lower the CYA was to drain the pool, which I did yesterday. Was able to lower the CYA to 95. Naturally my stupidity permitted me to do the second round of metal out prior to fresh water addition, and now after spending $40 on metal out I have again increased the copper reading to 1.29 after successfully lowering it. Duh, realize I should have waited on that one.....(tired of the green haired 6 year old who is my son, and was trying to get the copper out).
Here's the questions, thanks for sticking with me.....
Is 95 still too high for the CYA? and since I added my third bottle of metal out today for another $20, I really don't want to drain the pool anymore....my blond hair will be green soon, yes? feeling particularly ditzy these days....
I have 2 packages of Cal Hpyo to add (later/tomorrow?) to increase the chlor. Will not use the "frog bac pacs" for a while until my CYA is acceptable levels, I've 3 pacs on hand for the remainder of the season. Headed to the grocery store later, as I will only abide by BBB from now on.
Are my other numbers okay, do I need to worry about them right now? This has been the worst year (out of 6) for water problems.
Any advice pool geniuses, my heros, lifesavers.....