After a LONG month of elevated CYA, algae, 3 occasions of draining/refilling then full blown BBB + OCLT, I'm just astounded by how awesome the pool looks. Even my wife commented that she hadn't seen the pool look the color it is now is in a long, long time. She still thinks I'm obsessed by my (almost) daily chem test with my new toy/test kit. I tell her I'm just still figuring it all out and, at least right now, it's just cool to "play" mad scientist.
Couple things though:
CYA: My CYA still seems high (90-100). I'm watching the CYA/CL chart and maintaining levels between target and shock, at the "target" end of the range, of course. Depending on the Houston sun/heat, I'm losing 3-7 ppm of CL a day. Should I eventually address the high CYA? Maybe I'm mis-reading the test. Whatever the actual CYA is, it seems to be working well with the CL as far as timely dissipation of the CL.
CH: Has been in the 150-160 range since the BBB process. As that's well below the recommended levels, should I go ahead and add some calcium chloride or calcium chloride dihydrate? If so, which one is recommended?
TA and pH: These have both been on the high side (160, 8.0-8.2). Have been adding muriatic acid per the pool calculator. Any other thoughts on this?
One other thing: is it just because I've actually never seen it so clean or its been so long, but why does my pool just look better with the BB method than I can EVER recall? Is it truly "cleaner" than even in the best "dark side" situation? Just curious.
Thanks to all on the TFP site.