I want to start by saying how wonderful this site is! I stumbled upon it last week when I hit a peak frustration with my new pool. I've decided to post after reading numerous other posts and still not finding a solution.
I bought and intex pool from walmart. It is a metal framed pool. So it's got the grey poles and exterior. It's 16' x 48"
Our water is high in iron so when I filled it with well water, it turned yellow. I took a neighours advice and ran the water through a 5 gallon pail will many holes in the bottom filled with pillows to rid the yellow iron. It worked! My water was beauttiful, crystal clear. So I took it a sample to the pool store, they checked my levels and gave me a step by step paper to get it ready with chemicals. I spent close to $400 on chemicals and followed the paper. Over the week of adding what the paper said, my pool turned cloudy. I believe it was the algecide.
Then I found this site. I've ready some responses to other people who have had the same issue and I just wanted to post my water test results to find out if I can fix this or if I should drain and start over. Honestly I am so frustrated because I have so much $$ into this pool in chemicals and it's grey as can be!
Here are my readings from yesterday afternoon and I welcome any insight. I'm willing to start over if it would be easier I have my niece and nephew coming over in 14 days and I really want to swim with them! Thank you.
tot chlorine 5
tot. alk 133
adj tot. alk 124
cal. hardness 490
cloudly no (YEAH RIGHT!!)
all algeas listed no