Back on July 6th my pool would have measured something like this:
(didn't own a real test kit, that's why I say would have measured)
FC - 3.0
CC - 0.5
pH - 6.8
TA - 20
CH - 130
CYA - 250
I was still listening to pool stores a few days earlier and they told me to add 33 lbs of Baking Soda. I added (3 lbs at a time over a period of about 4 days) and after adding 25 lbs I saw that my TA was almost 100. That is when I turned to the internet and found this forum. I joined July 12th and today (Aug 24th) I finally feel that my pool chemistry is under control:
FC = 10 (and falling, just coming out of a SLAM)
CC = 0
pH = 7.6
TA = 110
CH = 120
CYA = 38
The TA is a bit on the high side, wish I hadn't added quite so much Baking Soda.
Here is what I am thinking, please tell me if I am on the right track!
I shouldn't tinker with my TA yet, but rather wait and see what my pH will do during the next week or two. If it tends to drift up, then it may need some attention. Would I want to add acid to lower my pH all the way down to 7.2 and aerate? Or would I not need to lower the pH that much? It seems that the adjustment I need, if any, is small.