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    Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    Hello!
    I have a 13,000 gallon above ground pool with a sand filter. Our cover didn't last and our pool was green when we opened it. Tested and pH high, TA low and CYA low. Use muriatic acid to bring pH down (brought it too far down) used soda ash to bring it back up. Put 2lbs of stabilizer in.
    Got levels to:
    pH: 7.2
    FC: 3
    TA: 120
    CYA: 30-50

    The water is still cloudy. You can see the bottom, but it's not clear. I have been running the filter 24/7. What is my next step?
    Jennifer

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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    Welcome to TFP!

    Your TA is fine, but your chlorine is too low for your CYA if it's really 50ppm. You really want to be holding it at shock level, but without an accurate CYA level that isn't easy to do accurately.

    Adding 2lbs of CYA to your pool will put you up on the high side at close to 70ppm if your 30-50ppm was before you added it.
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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    I am guessing your next step should be ordering one of the Recommended Test Kits, reading through Pool School, and then following the Shocking Your Pool PROCESS.

    Did you use test strips for those numbers? That is a huge and not useful range for CYA since the required FC level is dependant on the CYA number.
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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    I was using the strips. The cya level was after 24 hours of putting in the stabilizer.

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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    The stabilizer level wad in the second square. ..is that the same as the cya level?

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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    Did you use liquid stabilizer? If not how did you add the granuals? Because cya won't show up on a test for 4-7 days after it is dissolved is why I am asking
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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    I sprinkled it around the pool

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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    Quote Originally Posted by jenniferangel81
    I sprinkled it around the pool
    If it was granules, hope you did not just cause faded spots in the liner. I suggest you brush and brush to make sure nothing is sitting on the bottom.

    See all the links in my previous post for your next steps.
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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    time to break out the vacuhm, but don't backwash for 5 or 6 days to let it dissolve......Mike
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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    I vacuumed today and will again tomorrow and hope for the best! My FC level is 0 now...how much should I put in?

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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    Input your pool numbers here and it should get you close.
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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    I would add enough to get you to 6 ppm.....Mike
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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    With a cya of 50 I took your high reading but never let your fc drop below 4 ppm.....assuming your cya test is accurate......Mike
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    leslies DPD test kit + fas-dpd chlorine test kit + borates test strips
    thru wall skimmer,hard plumbed with 2 returns 1 1/2 sch 40 pvc
    1 large fountain 1 inch sch 40 pvc,shut off ball valves on all

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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    Bought 6 way testing kit

    My numbers are:
    pH - 7.5
    FC - 5
    CYA - no reading
    TA - 150
    BR - 10

    Water is cloudy, can't see the bottom. Have ran filter non-stop for 3 days and vacuumed each day

    What's next?

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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    Read the tip sheet on TA...it's just a waiting game huh?
    Should I make sure I keep the FC in normal range or at shock level?

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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    Pool School shock process. As quickly as you can get a good test kit that will read FC and CC, meaning the TF-100 or Taylor K-2006.

    In the mean time, you need to get some CYA into that pool. Walmart, or your local hardware store with a decent pool section should have it. Usually labeled conditioner or stabilizer. Last resort, pool store.

    Use the Pool Calculator to find out how much you need. Shoot for an initial level of 30 ppm, and later when you have a clear pool that has passed the OCLT (also in the Pool School) you can bring it up to around 50 ppm.
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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    I put 2 lbs of stabilizer in it 2 days ago...someone said that the reading wouldn't show up for 4-7 days...should I put more in?

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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    No. At this point you treat your FC as if you are already at your target CYA level. It does take several days for the compounds that react with the reagent to show up.

    Sorry, I missed where you had added the dry already.
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    Re: Testing levels on spot, water cloudy

    That's ok! I really appreciate all of your help!

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