OK I need some help, been fighting algae for a over a week now.
I bit of history, had some pump issues toward the end of summer, in the form of leaks.
Finally resolved the input leaks and the bubbles at the returns are most eliminated, I still got bubbles every so often coming out of the returns.
I then discovered a broken 1/4 inch flex line on the output side of my auto-chlorinator (which I keep set at 0) I replaced that and no more bubbles.
I first noticed a bit of green algae on Monday the 16th.
I added a bunch of bleach to raise the FC (slammed the pool)
I brushed and added chlorine the next coupe days, on 9/17 I noted the Algae was gone (in hind sight this might have been in error not sure)
On the 21st I noted the algae was back
Slammed the pool again and added 1/2 cup dry acid (twice this day) to lower the pH FC 25.5 that night
I began to notice if I let the Taylor pH test site for 30-60 seconds the color would get very pink - I think perhaps my earlier pH reading were wrong because I did not wait long enough. How long should you wait to read the pH?
on 9/23 I recorded :
pH 8.4 (best guess sine it is off the chart)
Added 1 cup of Dry Acid to lower pH
Added another 1/2 cup of Dry Acid and some bleach
9/25 pm: More green spots on the pool walls
pH 8.4 (a guess since it's over 8.2)
CC .5 or less
I added 2 cups of Dry Acid tonight to try to get ahead of the climbing pH
Pump has been back washed several times during this to help make sure no algae is living in it.
What am I doing wrong??? Need some direction from the experts please.
Not sure why the pH keeps climbing...
Pretty much when I brush the pool (usually twice daily) I brush up a "green cloud" from the bottom of the pool, how much green does vary from time to time.
thanks in advance for the help and advise.