I am new to the site and to being a pool owner! Since everybody here seems to love details, this may be a little long...but please bear with me! I just bought a house in NJ that has an indoor SWG pool. Pool is about 10x20 free form oval, I think about 8,000 gallons, and I think fiberglass (by process of elimination). I got the house through foreclosure and thus had no means of asking the seller, who was the one who installed everything, any questions about the pool or systems. And Amazingly, I cannot find a single pool company in NJ who is willing to come help me out - it's either too far, or they only work with vinyl pools. So, I came to this website and read everything in pool school three times...and commenced opening the pool myself. After several obstacles, which I won't bore anybody with, the pool is finally filled, SWG running, salt added. I do not put CYA in because the pool is indoor. I bought the Taylor Testing kit as recommended here, and I tested the water for the first time Two days ago. TA 50, Ph at least 8.0, FC 3.5, CC .5 . Did not test for CyA nor calcium yet. Added about 3 lbs of baking soda to increase TA, and shocked the pool with calcium hypochlorite to get rid of the CC. The PH I didn't have anything to bring it down with, and I thought I should wait to retest it anyway since the baking soda would affect the Ph levels. The FC I see was the one good number. Ok. Yesterday I used the Taylor test again and got some wacky numbers....I really hate the dipper for the powder reagent, it doesn't tell you how much to put on that little flat surface, so I think I messed up the test. But it appeared that the FC had shot up, the. CC had shot up, the Ph shot up, and the TA shot up more than I was aiming for. Ok, pushed the boost button on the SWG to purify it at 100% capacity for 24 hours straight. I am questioning that move as I write this, can't say why I did that but I did. Ok, came home from work today to see what all my work has done. Since clearly I am incapable of using the Taylor tests, I decided to use the aqua check strips I had bought, which tests for Ph, TA, and FC only. According to the strip, which I don't even know is trustworthy, my Ph is higher than 8.4, the FC is at 10 (!!), and the TA is at 120. I don't even know if I managed to get rid of the CC because I can't do the Taylor test correctly. But why is the FC so high? Is the pool even safe to swim in? What am I doing wrong? How much powder exactly do you put on the taylor FC test dipper??Any help would be greatly appreciated!!