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    Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    My pool is 33900 gallons. I have been using BBB method for over a year, but testing today my CYA = 0 and FC =0. (Lots of sunshine and high temps this summer, plus I haven't been as obsessive about monitoring).

    Not a problem , I added bleach to bring CH = 12. Let that swirl around.

    How long before I can test reliably for CYA?

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    Re: Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    You lost me. You tested CYA at 0 and then added bleach for a target of 12ppm??? That is awefully high. If you did not add any CYA, then it will be 0 whenever you test it again.

    Also, all the CYA does not simply dissappear. When was the last time you tested for it and had a reading?
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    Re: Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    2 weeks ago CYA was 40.

    I thought that the lack of chlorine would skew the CYA readings. Its that mistaken?
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    Re: Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    Add CYA to raise your level to 30. See the chlorine cya chart in pool school to see what your MINIMUM FC is for that level. CYA might not show up for a week on a test. From 40 to 0 in two weeks sounds like a testing error unless you changed out MAJOR water.
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    Re: Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    I was leery about adding CYA, only because I thought that it should not leave the pool.

    There has not been a major change of pool water. Some rain, some refill after backwashing.

    That's why I was concerned about whether the CH level affects CYA readings.
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    Re: Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    CH = calcium hardness
    FC = free chlorine
    Do you have any CC (combined chlorine)? And what are you using to test? {please do not say test strips }

    The chlorine level does not affect the CYA test result.
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    Re: Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    Ok I made a mistake in my abbreviations. I am talking about chlorine. and CYA.

    I use the daily test kit first, then the TF big test kit.
    I added the powder and the color did not change at all.

    I did not test for combined chlorine.

    I realized that the CYA should not have leached from the pool, so I added enough chlorine to raise the FC to 12.

    I just want to know when I should test the CYA level again, after adding chlorine.

    Does the chlorine level affect the CYA test at all?

    I have liquid conditioner here already...in the closet.

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    Re: Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    The chlorine level does not affect the CYA test result.
    Check the CC ... really should do that every time you test.

    The CYA should not have disappeared. On the rare occasions that it happens (usually over winter or in a swamp), it is sometimes converted to ammonia which results in high CC readings.
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    Re: Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    CYA might not show up for a week on a test.
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    Re: Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    Something isn't adding up here. Please re-test CYA. It should NOT have all disappeared based on the water change you mention. As for testing after adding Chlorine, get enough sample to test everything when you pull a pool sample. If you are concerned about getting a high Chlorine slug in your sample after adding bleach...or whatever, this will prevent any issues. Or run all your tests, then add accordingly.
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    Re: Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by cram
    2 weeks ago CYA was 40.

    I thought that the lack of chlorine would skew the CYA readings. Its that mistaken?

    In the friendliest tone: Sorry but yes it is. Lack of Chlorine does not affect CYA either. Not the level in the pool, and not the test in any way.
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    Re: Question about timing of tests and adding stuff

    Okay...Thanks I'll get on with it then.
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