Just set up a brand new Intex Ultra Frame 18' x 48" AG pool w/ fresh fill 2 days ago (roughly 6500 gal). Tested fill water using a hth 6-way test kit from wal-mart and got the following results:
So... based on what I read in pool school and calculated in the pool calculator(I'll admit I may have skimmed too quickly), I know that I need to lower my pH, lower my TA, increase everything else. On first night, I added 8oz of 31.45% muriatic acid, which would lower pH to ~7.8. After running pump for about an hour, I also added ~12oz of dichloro powder, hoping to lower my pH some more while increasing TC and CYA. On second night (no new test), I added another ~12 oz of dichloro powder (with the intention of doing this for 4 nights as recommended in the temporary pool section of pool school). Today (3rd day) I tested everything again and got the following:
Am I approaching this wrong? Should I focus on lowering pH to ~7 with muriatic acid FIRST before trying to get my CYA/TC up?
I should probably mention that the water was a little murky (local water) before adding anything; it is currently crystal clear blue but has a pungent chemical smell.