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    Newbie pulling out her hair...again.

    After problems with frogs, algae, broken saltwater pump, etc. I've finally refilled the pool I hope for the last time. The new saltwater system has been running for about 36 hours.

    I am waiting on my test kit but these are the levels with test strips:
    Free Ch - 3
    Ph - 8.4
    Total Alk - 180
    Stabilizer - 30-50
    Copper - 0
    Salt - 2300 (low but saltwater system is not reading low)

    These results with a test kit with drops:
    FC - 3
    Ph - 8.2

    What would be my next step? I am totally pool challenged.
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    Re: Newbie pulling out her hair...again.

    You should lower your ph and I would up your fc
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    Re: Newbie pulling out her hair...again.

    Adjust pH, definitely.

    FC is in the safe zone for a SWG, but I'd be more comfortable personally with a little more of a safety margin.
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    Re: Newbie pulling out her hair...again.

    Yep lower PH and raise FC up.


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    Re: Newbie pulling out her hair...again.

    I hope you have really thick hair!........but hang in there and we'll help ya' fix it.
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    Re: Newbie pulling out her hair...again.

    Thanks for the quick replies gentlemen. Now how do I go about lowering my Ph and increasing my Ch? With stabilizer (cyanuric acid)? I know...I am a pool dummy.
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    Re: Newbie pulling out her hair...again.

    You lower your PH with muritic acid. To raise FC turn your SWG up a bit.

    Spend some time reading in pool school. Tons of good info there. It's a must read.


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    Re: Newbie pulling out her hair...again.

    Quote Originally Posted by hdleono13
    Thanks for the quick replies gentlemen. Now how do I go about lowering my Ph and increasing my Ch? With stabilizer (cyanuric acid)? I know...I am a pool dummy.
    pH adjusts with acid.

    You don't need to worry about CH with a vinyl pool liner - there's no concrete to etch.

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