Just received my taylor K-2006 yesterday and took my readings. Before I list those let me give you a few stats about my pool. I am a new owner and the pool has been in a little over two months now. Some spec as follows:
IG, gunite/plaster (lagoon (darker) blue color), 18,000-20,000 gals, SWG (with inline chlorinator), spillway from spa to pool that runs with the pump on, waterfall feature, bubbler on tanning ledge, 2HP Jandy motor on pump, run pump everyday from 10AM-6PM, automatic cleaner runs from 12PM-4PM everyday, pool is in full sun all day (Texas/DFW area).
I have been reading on here for a month or so and love the advice and forum. That is why I bought the taylor because I wasn't sure about my chlorine levels etc...Let me get to the meat of my questions. I started having trouble with "boatman/backswimmers" bugs and wasn't sure what to do. I have read on here that if chlorine was right the boatman would have nothing to eat which would eliminate them thus eliminating the backswimmers that eat the boatmen. My issue was I never knew my CYA because I couldn't test for it. After reading on here I realized that CYA was important and kinda figured mine was low. However, just for facts in case it matters I bought Biogaurd Back-Up and put the start up dose in pool and the bugs were gone for a few weeks, then last week I saw another boatman. I realized I bought the foaming kind and with my water features that makes it foam up so then bought another bottle of the nonfoaming (Biogaurd all 60) and put the 6 oz maintenanace dose in Saturday.
Anyway, am I right in thinking that if my chlorine is correct that I don't need the algacide? I struggle to understand the difference bewtween FC and CC as well. Clarification would be great?
Also, my water looks great, it is clear and sparkling, but I have heard with darker color pools that it may be harder to see algae.
Readings from last evening 8PM:
FC = 5 ppm
CC = .2 ppm
PH = 7.4 (just put 1 pint of muriatic in the night before last was at 7.8 but acid demand called for 1 pint)
CYA = < 30
CH = 490
TA = 100
my salt is at 3200 on my handheld (Jandy)
my SWG runs at 95% right now
I just added one 3" puck of trichlor to the inline for the first time two night ago (don't know if that is needed or not)
Help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!