My levels using test strips:
To begin-My pool is surrounded by corn fields and I know that has to make a difference with alll the pesticides and dirt that are probably floating in the air. Upon initial fill, my ph measured above 8(bright pink on the strip). I add muratic acid to drop my ph, but the ta never seems to budge and the ph tends to slowly rise,even if I'm not adding more water. I use the Nature2 strictly as an automatic chlorinator, do not intend to replace the mineral cartridge because of the reviews on this site. Upon opening the pool, the water was green, could not see the bottom. After a week of running the filter and multiple vaccuming rounds, I got the water clear, but it looks very hazy and swimmers feel dirty after exiting the pool. We use well water to to fill which has a very high iron content. I used a product called Revive-which is sprayed onto the waters surface and vaccum up the rust 2 days later. My question is-does my high ta matter? And if so, how do I get it to drop? Also, how can I get a softer, cleaner feel to my water? How do I get rid of the haze so my water will sparkle? Do I need to add any algae product or is shocking the pool alone enough to keep algae away? PLEASE HELP!