Hi, I've been reading your forums for over a month now since I got a pool for the first time. It is extremely helpful and I'm glad I found you guys.
Everything was ok at first until I got an algae outbreak. Foolish me, not knowing better thought that the chlorine tabs were enough for the pool. Boy was I wrong.
I left for the doc on a Thur. morning and pool looked good and arrived back home app. 5 hours later to an extreme shock. My pool was emerald green! Had no idea it could turn just that quick. It was a pretty color but it had to go. I immediately started working on it. All I had was pool shock that I got when I bought the pool so I added a pound of that. The next morning I began my websearch and found you guys. On the way home I stopped for bleach, borax, baking soda and extra filters. I worked my butt off for 3 days getting the green out then I noticed the milky color. My test kit was **** so I ordered the T-100 everyone suggested and while waiting on it to arrive I continued my vigil. I added lots of bleach, cleaned filters, etc for days. The pool finally starting clearing enough that I could see sediment on the bottom so back to the store for a vac. Pump by this time has been running for 7 days straight. Finally got my test kit in and started making adjustments. Water is now clear and clean and you can see the bottom but things are still a little off so I need recommendations from you guys please. I want clear sparkly water!
Keep in mind, I'm at work right at the moment and have limited info on my pool but this is what I have so far.
Pool is 17'x48". Holds a little over 5700 gallons of water. I know the pump is a Skimmer Plus but not sure about the gph. I think maybe it is 1000 but will check tonight to be sure. Took readings last night and made some adjustments but didn't check this morning.
Last nights readings are:
I added Borax to bring up the PH and added bleach to bring up the FC. Had some chlorine tabs so I added them to try and add some CYA since I had no stabilizer at the moment. I made my additions based on what the Pool Calculator suggested. I'm pretty sure the TA is to high and the FC not nearly high enough. Can't figure why my FC and Chlorine had different number so I may have done something wrong. Can someone please point me in the right direction so I can get this under control. Also please recommend a schedule or routine that I could follow so I get in a groove.