Well, it's back and forth between snowing here, but I am in the process of trying to get my water cleaned up well in advance of the swimming season. This is my second year of pool ownership, and first did not go well at all.
I had attempted a SWG system, but I believe the generator is dead (no mater how much salt I added, it registered low). So here I am, referred here by a member of another forum, and I aim to get this right without the use of the SWG. I received a sandfilter with the pool, and have found that to be 100 times better than the B cartridges I was attempting to use with my well water.
All that stuff said, my water is currently green. It's a simple Intex 24' x 52" round pool. We left it half filled over winter (Nebraska), and I have since drained to the last 2-4 inches, and refill to get rid of most of the salt. I am currently hanging a sock near the skimmer basket with CYA, I have add PH reducer a couple of times as I had high PH (8.5 I guess but it was off the scale). The PH was down to 8.0 after the first application, and I have since added a bit more to hopefully get that closer to 7.5 or so. The PH should be under control, or at least at the right number, in the next day or two.
My problem now is alkalinity. I have tested it several times, and it is at 300 and I have tested it a few times. For the PH, I simply grabbed some HTH PH reducer from the local wally world, but I find nothing that will will reduce my alkalinity. I guess I need to head to pool store that carries pool products exclusively?
Just looking for any suggestion on what a guy should do to get the alkalinity down. Also, anything else I should look to check/do before the CYA dissolves?
Since the water was fresh, I went ahead and added a bit more bleach than was called for to get the sanitizing process started. At this point, it's been green a few days, and doesn't seem to be improving much yet. I suppose the algae or whatever is killing off my chlorine too quickly, which will likely be the case until the CYA dissolves. Ugh. This is why I am starting early so I have a sparkling clean pool come swim season.
Lastly, I have added a couple of boxes of Borax per some of the stuff I have read here. My pool should be about 15000 gallons, and it seems to call for a LOT of Borax to get it to 50ppm (something like 11 boxes). I have currently added 2, and have one left to add, but don't want to throw it in if it is just going to get abused before the other numbers get to good levels.