So the long and short is I just don't have the time to devote to the BBB method to do it in the way that I needs to be done, daily. The result being I have periodic algae blooms and end up wasting a lot of time and money on getting things back into balance.
So this year I decided to give SWG a whirl. The attractiveness being less money being spent on bleach and not having to deal with the testing/adjusting daily.
Anyone have any experience with the Intex Krystal Clear SWG for 15000 gallon? I'm having a ***** of a time getting it setup. I think I have to order an additional adapter part to get it setup with my pool but I'm confident I'll get it licked this week..
Currently I'm SLAMing to get my swamp cleaned up (left over winter without chems or cover...long story) but I'm trying to get things balanced up as I go.
So far I've been adding stabilizer to bring my CYA up to the high level needed for SWG. I added the salt yesterday...around 360lbs.
My measurements before I started were as follows:
CH: 70 (vinyl)
I guess my questions are how to best approach my next steps. I very stupidly continued SLAMing at the old values I needed (12 FC because CYA was <20) since then I've added stabilizer so I need to shock at a much higher level (FC 28) which I plan to start tomorrow. I literally spent a day dumbfounded as to why it wasn't improving before I remembered the CYA change. I've added stabilizer to bump it to 70 but it hasn't quite been a week so I haven't tested again.
Assuming I get this thing cleared up what's my next step? Getting PH up? I feel like I read somewhere that the PH being low would help the SLAM process but I might be misremembering. I guess if I had it to do again I should have done the CYA last since it would have saved me on how much bleach I need.
Does TA matter much? I figure since I've added salt that it pretty much takes care of itself. I'd like to get around to adding borates later this year.
As for CH. Previously I didn't need to worry about it since I have a vinyl liner but I assume it will cause deposits on the cells if it's too high, right?
Back to the Intex SWG. It had really really good reviews on Amazon and has a two year warranty on the cells. I figure if it lasts two or three years I got my money's worth ($120). A lot of people reported it lasting in upwards of 4-6 years. Anyone with experience with this unit on a larger AGP?