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    New to pools and SWG and need advice please

    I have a 24' round above ground pool that I just converted to salt water. Been running about a week now. I did a check with the test strips and the results were :

    Total Hardness: Very Low (Less than 100 PPM)
    Total Chlorine: OK (3 PPM)
    Free Chlorine /Bromine: OK (2 PPM)
    pH: Low (about 6.8)
    Total Alkalinity: Very Low (40 PPM)
    Stabilizer: Very Low (0 PPM)

    My questions are:

    Do I use the same chemicals at he same rates (always guessing with chlorine) with a SWG as I did with Chlorine, or is there different chemicals required for salt water pools?

    Any suggestions on what and how much to add without affecting the numbers that are in line?

    Thanks

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    Re: New to pools and SWG and need advice please

    Welcome To TFP! You'll Get a lot of good advice here from some very knowledgeable folks! First, read/study Pool School, then, you might consider getting a good testkit; they recommend the tf-100 here: tftestkits.net that will give you much more accurate numbers than the test strips can. The only good thing about test strips compared to getting your water tested at a pool store is the test strips wont try to sell you chemicals you don't need.
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    Re: New to pools and SWG and need advice please

    If those results are accurate (which I doubt) the pool is very out of balance - just about every parameter needs adjusting. But follow timerguy's advice and read Pool School - order the kit. You won't regret it.
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    Re: New to pools and SWG and need advice please

    Same chemicals yes. Get your PH, Alkalinty and CYA----- UP! Recommended levels in pool school. And you didn't list a salt level btw.

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    Re: New to pools and SWG and need advice please

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    Same chemicals yes. Get your PH, Alkalinty and CYA----- UP! Recommended levels in pool school. And you didn't list a salt level btw.

    Welcome to the forum.
    SWG is showing that Salt level is OK ....... do I trust it?

    Thanks for all of the answers so far.
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    Re: New to pools and SWG and need advice please

    If the SWG is happy----you should be too! It has the level it's looking for regardless of a salt test.
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