Intex unltraframe - 14' x 48"
1000 gph Krystal Clear pump w/Type A paper cartridges (Sorry, but can't find the hp)
Just learned the water company uses a well (booo!)
Temps normally between upper 80s and low 90s.
Pool is in full sun.
New to all this, so don't hate me when I write something asinine, please. : ) I've been reading posts here for the past few days, but none seem to address my problem, specifically, so if I missed something, please forgive me. Set up the pool and began filling with a water hose. Halfway through the fill, the water looked clear, but green. Has stayed clear consistently, but also consistently green. Used a 6-way test kit the first day and found that my chlorine was .5, CYA didn't even register, TA was at 300, and pH was between 7.6 and 7.8. As per Walmart "expert's" advice (ugggh, I know), we used pH Minus, and lowered TA to 220, and pH down to 7.5. We shocked the pool - again using "expert's" advice - with hth super shock. Nothing. And by the next afternoon, the chlorine was back down to 0. Also Used chlorine tabs, which did absolutely nothing, and there are gobs of reddish, dirt-looking junk in the filter every day when I change it. Three days after setup, we shocked again, but only slightly clearer, with reddish brown patches at bottom of pool. We vacuumed them, took a sample to Leslie's Pool Supply (don't hate) and these were the results:
Iron: 1 (she used test strips for both the iron and copper, and frankly, the copper didn't seem to register at all, and the iron look more like between 0 and 1, closer to the former.)
She suggested I use Metal Free, (7 ounces) and bring back a sample in 48 hours. I didn't use it, after reading all of the posts here, and tried filtering it to death, socks over the return, constant filter changes, sock in the skimmer, etc... Even though I continue to do this (five days now), it's not getting any clearer, though there is less sediment at the bottom of the pool, whether the pump is running or not. I leave it running continuously, though one night I turned it off to see if anything settled. It didn't. However, shortly after I turned the pump back on, settling began to occur. Weird. I finally broke down yesterday at sundown and added 7 ounces of the Metal Free. Still the exact same shade of green and almost nothing at all on the bottom of the pool. I've shocked a total of three times. Could there have been algae in the city water and I haven't shocked enough to remove it? Perhaps it's not metal, but dirt in the lines? I don't want to keep adding chemicals without knowing what the problem is. I'm worried about the chlorine and TA levels, but was told not to address those issues until the metal is removed. That makes no sense to me, as it seems the TA should be within range for the chlorine to hold, and as long as I have no chlorine I risk an algae attack.