Hi all! I'm a single mom and bought the following for my 5 year old- bit off more than I could chew.
Have Intex 15x48 ft Above ground metal frame w/ roughly 4440 gal, krystal clear filter pump @ 1000 gph, and a krystal clear sws.
I set the pool up Friday, 5 days as of now. It's been crystal clear the entire time. No smells, etc.
When I first took readings (after all this, I really don't have money for a good test yet, so I'm using what came with it and what my cousin gave me) they were as below...
2nd day readings-
Copper PPM strip- 0
Intex 3 way strips- FC- 0
PH- 8.4+ (very high)
TA- 40 (low)
Drops test- CL BR- clear (no reading)
PH- dark red (high)
Now that I'm more informed and know what everything is thanks to this board...I added one gal of bleach to the return over yesterday's time and this is what I got this morning. (taking water at least 12 inches away from side and 12 inches deep)
Copper PPM strip- 0.1 (says ok)
Intex 3 way strip- FC-5 (ok for spa, but high for SWS pool?)
PH- 7.2 (says ok, midrange)
TA- 180 (still wet) 240 (completely dry)
Drops test- CL BR- bright yellow...(looks to be between 2-4
What do you think? What should I do about the high chlorine and and TA, if anything?
Until I get the decent test kits, do I wait until the 3 way test strip is completely dry to read...because the readings are vastly different.
Thank you so much!! I'm so grateful that I found your site...I couldn't have done any of it without all of you and I was having some serious anxiety!!