Ok.. So, this is all new to me. I was a pool store newbie 3 years ago, and was set up with pristine blue. It sounded great. This is going on our fourth summer of having the pool. It has stayed clean and sparkling until this year. When I opened, it was cloudy and had algea growing on the stairs. I started using the pool store recommendatations and ended up really cloudy and dirty looking. So, I started research and stumbled across this site. I now see the error of my ways. I have read everything I can and I started the conversion to chlorine using bleach and a little dichlor. The problem is that it is sucking up chlorine like I you cannot imagine.
Let me start at the beginning.. I purchased the recommended kit. I started testing and using pool calculator to "SHOCK" the pool based on recommendations. To date, I have added about 6 gallons of bleach and 10 lbs of dichlor. Last night, I added the dichlor (enough that should have raised me to FC of 24, because i had very little CYA. Two hours after adding My FC was 17, CC was 1.4. At 630 this am (just as the sun was rising), here are my numbers
CYA 60-70 (hubby and I couldn't agree on the number)
Calcium - unknown because I cannot get the test to turn blue, just purple.
Prior to adding the dichlor last night my alk was 100 and ph 7.2. So, I realize I need to correct those. No problem. I am worried about the amount of chlorine and it not stabilizing. I was aiming for a higher CYA (as recommended on here) because we are in Northwest FLORIDA and have solid sunshine on the pool most days from 630a-630 p. Also, I am not sure what my copper is right now, but it has been a month since I added any BLUE. I can get it tested if you need it.
Anything advise is MUCH appreciated. I forgot to add that I have 17100 gal.