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    Checking in

    Hi. Y'all were so helpful to us as we were getting set up. I wanted to post again with our weekly test results. They've been pretty consistent the last 2-3 week.
    FC 2.5, CC 0.5, TC 3.0
    CH 400
    TA 170
    CYA 35 (down just this week, had been holding steady at 40)
    pH 7.8 (our well water is slightly alkaline and tests at about 7.2-7.4)

    How do these numbers look? And how often should I expect to be adding bleach to the pool? Is there a frequency that would be concerning, or is it just, do it as needed and keep TC in the right range?

    Thanks so much!

    Natalie
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    18,000 gallons, above ground pool, vinyl liner. Swim Pro SW256T Sand Filter, 80GPM, 35 GMP/ftsq
    More than 3 years old
    Well water

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    Re: Checking in

    More chlorine!! Everything else looks fine, but with a CYA of 35, you should never let your FC get below 3. I'm conservative, so if I were you, when the FC gets to 4, add more so it goes to 6. It's important, so I'll say it again....never let the FC get below 3.

    Plan on adding bleach every day until you get the feel for your pool.

    Did I mention that you should do whatever is necessary to keep your FC above 3 at all times?
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    Re: Checking in

    It's all right here. Saves me some typing.
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    Re: Checking in

    Richard,
    Unless I'm missing something, did you post the wrong link?
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    Re: Checking in

    That's the basic schedule. You asked how often you should be chlorinating.
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    Re: Checking in

    Natalie,

    Even though this thread is a few day's old, I'm not sure that all your questions have been clearly answered. As Smykowski stated, you're low FC level is putting you at risk for algae to form in your pool. Keep your chlorine levels above 3 at all times. I'd personally suggest at this point aiming for a 5ppm level. This allows for some normal FC lose, however will always keep you above the 3ppm level. You should be testing your chlorine and pH levels daily and adjusting as needed.

    How does your water look?? Can you post a photo???

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    Re: Checking in

    As Leebo said...at least the FC and Ph should turn into "daily" test numbers instead of weekly until you get a feel for what your pool requires. Summer heat changes everything!
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    Re: Checking in

    We do test the chlorine and pH daily, I merely posted the weekly numbers because they have been pretty consistent. Thank you for the chlorine advice. I raised it to 6 and will aim to keep it in the 5-6 range on a daily basis. Our water is clear, though we continue to have issues with stuff on the bottom of the pool, but our property has a lot of trees, so this may just be a constant battle for us. I will post a picture later today.
    Supercal
    18,000 gallons, above ground pool, vinyl liner. Swim Pro SW256T Sand Filter, 80GPM, 35 GMP/ftsq
    More than 3 years old
    Well water

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