Morning all! Or afternoon, as I can hear the bells chiming
Boyfriend had a pool for years and could never get it un-green, despite many visits to the store. He stopped opening it maybe 5 years ago. I came along about 3 years ago and begged to open it. He agreed (I paid half and agreed to be the primary maintainer) and we had the worlds worst experience with a pool company (yes, I'm exaggerating I'm sure but I pretty much hate pool companies now - sorry!). Because of that, we absolutely refuse to ask them for any help with water stuff.
Then you came along!
We decided to go the BBB route and cross our fingers. The pool was filled early last week, we *may* have had a pool party on Sunday with no chemicals in it, and then shocked it by throwing in an undisclosed amount of liquid chlorine (as in he said "I just dumped a bunch in." This is obviously going to go well...).
We have one of the recommended test kits on the way, but in the mean time we got one of the "lesser" ones to start off.
FC was off the charts, like probably a 7
TC was the same color
pH was off the charts, so over 8.2
Did that overnight testy thingy (OCLT) and the chlorine was the same last night and today. Brought a sample to the store and here were the numbers this morning:
FC - 5+ (I think that really means more like 7, as in what I got)
TC - 5+ (same as above)
pH - 8+
TA - 90
CYA - 20
CH - 80
TDS - 200
Phosphates - 0
So we threw in about 32oz of muriatic acid...not sure if it was needed but hey, I wanna go swimming darn it! Two hours later, new levels (oh and we took the solar cover off to burn off some chlorine):
FC - 5
TC - 5
pH - 7.2
TA - 80 - 90 (I may have lost count...I think it's 90 though)
Next steps...I'm thinking...it would be nice to get that CYA up to at least 30 and the TA maybe to 100, especially since the pH is lower than 7.5. Here is my plan (and where you come in!)
Borax - 64oz (is this necessary? Or is the pH ok at 7.2?)
Baking soda - 48oz
Stabilizer - 28oz (is there a preferred brand? and is raising it to 30 ok or should we aim for 40?
In my "happy world" the FC would be as low as possible - like 3 - but I'm pretty sure that's just my "chlorine bias" still leftover
Oh and it's nice and clean and sparkly, nothing visibly wrong at this point.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations!
ETA: Oh and do i need to worry about the CH level? or does it not matter much if it's lower?
Also edited my numbers! The pool calculator was set at 10,000, my bad