Let me start be saying that I'm new to the forum so I I'm posting this in the wrong section, I apologize.
I have a 6300 gallon inground fiberglass pool that has had the chemical levels neglected for the past six months. Other than throwing in the occasional chlorine to keep the algae from growing, no other chemicals have been added. Recently (4 days ago) I decided to get serious about the chemicals to prepare for summer. So, for the last four days I have been adding ph minus and MA to lower the ph level, however, after approx. 3 pounds of ph minus and half a gallon of MA the ph level is still very high. Also, my chlorine level is high too. I know the chlorine level will diminish with time, but I'm not sure if it has an effect on the ph level as well? Let me finish by informing that I am using test strips to test the water, so I don't know what the exact numbers are, but the ph is at least 8.6 or higher.