Hello everyone, this definitely appears to be the very best place to come and learn more about pool care, as the pool store no doubtedly is just trying to upsell the daylights out of us. We have moved into a home in Florida with what appears to be a very clear and clean pool. It has 3 (normal I guess) sized floater feeders and one (small) one with the stabilizer tablets in them, which I have been replacing each time they ran out until I found this forum and learned they can become more of a detriment to the pool than a help. We have been swimming in it with no adverse effects thus far and I have added liquid chlorine at one point as per store employees direction/suggestion. With no more than 6way test strips for initial testing, though I do intend to purchase the K-2006 test kit everyone is speaking highly of throughout the forums. So, without further blathering on my part, this is what I am seeing on said strips:
*If fields were not labeled the same on these strips as they were on this website, I used my best guess as to what it meant in ()*
FC - appears on strip to be (very high)20ppm
CC - (total chlorine?) appears on strip to be (between ok-high) 3-10ppm
pH - appears on strip to be (low) 6.8
TA - appears on strip to be (very low)40ppm
CH - (total hardness?) appears on strip to be (very high)1000ppm
CYA - (stabilizer?) appears on strip to be (very low)0-50ppm
Borates - Unknown if these were used prior.
Was just hoping to see some initial responses from those much more experienced than myself, who's main goal is to get a buck out of my wallet one way or the other.
Thanks in advance!