So I'm one month into owning a pool. After reading everything on here and watching my CYA level climb with the trichlor, tonight I took out the mineral cartridge and trichlor cartridge out of the Aqua Smarte. I will only use it if I go on vacation. So at this point I guess I'm now using the BBB method. So do I have to check the chlorine level everyday, or is every other day good?
Also, I have been running my pump 24/7 since it was installed. How much do the rest of you run your pumps? I have no idea yet how much electric it takes to run it 24/7. Mostly I'm concerned with keeping the pool water nice. I also don't want to have to worry about turning it on so many hours a day and with the twist plug, I doubt I could use a timer.
I'm starting to feel fairly comfortable with the pool. Although the chlorine level hit 12 yesterday. That Aqua Smart thing is hard to regulate, but that won't be a problem anymore. The thoughts of winterizing are a little scary at this point, but I have a couple months before I have to start that. I'll be doing lots of reading on here about that when the time comes.