As usual, I took my pool water for analysis to the nearby store, which has always been reliable and trustworthy. They told me I needed to buy alkaline, which is their word for "your ph is low"; I also needed a little chlorine, so I bought a 2.5 gallon jug. SInce their prices for alkaline is a little high, I bought Home Depot's product, Pool Time pH Up, which contains Soda Ash (sodium carbonate). So I poured the chlorine and the 6lb container of soda ash in my 16k gallon pool, and let the pool vacuum circulate. Within 2 hours, my water became cloudy to the point that I cannot see the main drain; before the pour, it was crystal clear.
Am I reacting too quickly? Is the cloudiness normal? No, right? Did I buy the wrong product? The store's version of "alkaline" is sodium bicarbonate, so since ph UP contains sodium carbonate, I figured it was the same thing.