Ok, I have my test kit set to arrive monday, so right now I am relying on pool store and guess strips. Pool is 30' AG, 1.5hp pump with cartridge filter. yesterday the pool store tested my sample and told me everything was good, just need to shock and increase CYA, and then add a little chlorine. My FC was .2 and my TC was 2.2, my CYA was 20.(my FC was not showing up on guessstrips at all) I put in 2.2 lbs of GLB Oxy Brite and 1 gallon of Natural Chemistry Pool Conditioner per his recommendation and then added 121 oz of 8.25% chlorine bleach.
I ran my pump all night and this morning I tested with strips and now my FC level shows up but it's only .2-.5. My CYA is still reading 20, and the PH appears to have possibly raised slightly.
other readings: ALK 180 HRD 250
Question is what do you guys recommend i do??
Also, do these test strips have an expiration, mine are from last season. I can't wait until I get my TF-100 monday!!!
Do you guys pull a sample from bottom/middle of pool and test that or just pull off top of pool?
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oh, and pool water is clear...