Ok, this is my very first post with results. I am using the TF100 kit.
I posted previously basically just introducing myself.
Again, I am new to this whole thing, so please forgive me ahead of time if I ask stupid questions. I have read the guidelines and all of the articles a few times.
We just opened the pool today. The water looks great. However, there are clumps of what looks like dirt at the bottom (see pics). I could easily assume this is dirt, but we did have an algae problem last summer that was totally cleared before closing. I do remember this stuff last year too though and recall being told it was dead algae., but not sure. Can you tell from the pics? What a headache that was last year because if I remember correctly, it kept coming back and back until I finally somehow got it all gone! This stuff didn't show up at first but reared it's head after the water circulated an hour or two and finally settled at the bottom.
Anyway, as for the results:
(Have not added anything to the water at all...Wanted to get my results in first):
TA: 70/80 (this actually states it should turn red in the directions but I actually stopped when it made a color change to pink...was I to keep going until it turns a deep red?)
CH: 300 (again, rather than turning blue like it said in the directions, it turned a shade of purple, which is when I stopped since it was a major color change).
Now, I am confused by the pool calculator, so I may need your help at first.
We use liquid chlorine, so is this the same as trichlor? I notice that is what is under the chlorine section on the calculator. (Again, forgive me for my questions. My husband probably knows the answer but is not home at the moment.) I rather use the liquid chlorine than bleach.
As for everything else, we are looking pretty good, correct? From what I see, everything else is in within range but you may still suggest adding other things since we just opened it. I think my husband normally adds liquid shock after opening. Is this what we should do?
Besides having 0 chlorine and whatever that is at the bottom, everything is in at least acceptable range from what I can see, but then again, this is my first time.