New to board and this is my first attempt at BBB and I'm getting discouraged. I'm on day 3 of "turning my swamp into a sparkling oasis". The bloom was only about 4 days old when I started this process but still nice and deep green. No solids in pool and I've kept it at 14 FC for 2 full days now pump running 24/7. It started at 1.2 and after one good dose of 10% liquid chlorine it was up to 14. Tested every half hour first day and kept it at 14 but it never lost more than a few PPM each time. (k2006 kit) Even over the first night it only lost 1.5ppm. Day two i tested every half hour for a while but it wasn't losing FC so I changed to every hour and each check all day it never went below 12. Brushed day 1 and 2 and ran sweeper this morning for 3 hours to get it all waterborn. Water is still really green and algae settles on everything overnight -- nothing whitish or grey at all. Can barely see the sweep at the bottom when I start but after stirring it up for only a few minutes can't even see that. Ran out of regent for checking last night so don't know what it was at this morning but added 3C chlorine until my new supply arrived and it tested at 12. I realize I need lots of patience but I was at least hoping to see some change and it makes common sense to me that high dosage of chlorine should be killing something! It isn't following the flow of what "sparkling oasis" says should be happening at all. Last year I used pucks and granules and had lots of algae blooms and paid lots of money for chemicals that killed them. Endless cycle i'm hoping to avoid this year but its taking alot of self control not to go buy a $40 bottle of chemicals - let them kill the bloom - and then start the BBB :0) I think I'm going to do that till I get back on this board and start researching (i've spent HOURS) and get encouraged again!
Normal gauge reading is 21 psi and after 3 full days of running it is still at 21 psi. Backwashed this morning for first time since starting process and the water in bubble wasn't much dirty at all and still ran at 21 afterwards. I noticed last week (before I started BBB - right before the bloom :0) when I added granulated shock into my skimmer I could actually see the shock shooting out the return which leads me to believe maybe something is up with my filter? It was just installed and had new sand 3 months ago. That would stink but I would think still wouldn't explain the chlorine not killing the algae?
Alkalinity 151 ppm
Copper,iron, nitrate 0
water temp 72.
So am I on the right track or missing something significant? With all the reading I've done on here I want to say I appreciate y'all's patience with all us newbies!!!!!! All of your friendly advice and info provided in pool school is awesome! I'm sure this time of year makes you crazy!