I'm sure y'all probably get tired of so many questions and I've been reading everything that I can get my eyes on, but I feel like I'm seeing a lot of conflicting advice. The more I read, the more I feel confused. I've read Pool School until I feel like I can almost recite it word for word! LOLOL
I can post my test results (using my TF100 kit) but that's not really my problem. My problem is that I keep seeing different target goals and I'm not sure where to set my goals since there seems to be a lot of variance in "target goals".
Pool School's recommended levels for chlorine for fiberglass/SWG is 3-5. These same figures are in the "Water Balance for SWG". Yet, I've read countless postings that say 3 ppm will not hold off algae blooms in a SWG pool. I've read recommended levels of 5-7 and 7-9.
Pool's School's recommended levels for pH say pH 7.5-7.8 (seems standard for all pools, really) but on the page for "Water Balance for SWG" it says "Adjust your pH to 7.5-7.6 and not any lower. Monitor your pH and when it climbs to 7.8 add acid to lower it back to 7.5-7.6 (This is also IMPORTANT!)" Yet, I keep reading (over and over and over) about getting the pH down to 7.2 when TA is high. (Mine is very high and I cannot seem to get it down. My fill water is very high in TA too - about 210) If I'm constantly reducing it to 7.2 like advised on the "Reducing TA" page, then I'm not following the "Very Important" part about not letting it fall below 7.5.
Both pages agree TA 60-80, with the "Water Balance for SWG" page saying "(This is IMPORTANT!)" This is important? I keep reading other posts that say not to worry quite as much about TA and it will eventually fall into place. Or....I'll read something else (like pool calculators) that say adjust TA first, pH second. Which is right?
CH figures about the same in both places except SWG page says 250 in the description but 220-320 at the bottom.
See? Here's the thing: I'm not trying to be snarky, but I want to set up true and accurate goals in my pool calculator and know exactly what to add and when to add it. I want to know if I should be adding muriatic acid (in little bits here and there for the slow process of getting this down). Or? Should I be raising this pH to get it back up to at least 7.5? (I'm at 7.4 as I type this.) My water is aerating in an attempt to keep pH up and not let it fall while hoping the TA comes down (it isn't). I'd really love to be able to stop aerating the water and be able to put on my solar cover so that I'm not losing any chlorine to the sun and can actually work on warming up my water.
See my dilemma? Have I just read waaaaaaaay too many postings? Am I on TFP overload?