Hi everyone. My wife and I just purchased an 18x34 oval Doughboy to be installed within a couple weeks. The supplier I went with is a distributor for the PristineBlue products, and I'm glad I found this forum and researched that topic as I told them to keep their chemicals and credit me instead. However, now I'm stuck with having a 18,000 gallon pool installed and I've never maintained a pool before.
My first major concern is filling this beast. I have a private well and boy does the water suck. Raw water from it is quite visibly discolored (I believe iron) and smells a bit (I believe sulfur). I do have a nice softener and filter system installed, but even after that the water is still slightly discolored, although the smell is gone. My two main concerns here are, I want a crystal clear pool like everyone else, and I don't want to burn up my well pump. I contacted my well guy, and he recommended I fill the pool while periodically shutting off the water, and if I leave it running over night to just have the spigot on partially so the pump can cycle. He also recommended I put my filter system in bypass, so that I'm putting raw water into the pool.
From what I've read on a few threads here, the general process is to fill the pool and then address the iron content before trying to balance the water. Any recommendations here? I've also seen where people have attached a sock or paper towels around the hose end to help catch some of the iron.
I've read up a bit in the Pool School, are the recommended testers listed on this page still relevant? Any particular recommendation of those?