I setup our new pool, filled it with water and successfully set up and started the filter - that was the easy part. I went to the pool store yesterday and asked for help because I don't know the first thing about adding chemicals to the pool. The lady at the store gave me a test kit, a container of Blue Shield Jumbo Slo-poke Chlorine Tabs and Safe T Shock Chlorine Free Oxidizing Agent and told me this is what I need and that it should last me the whole summer. Sent me home with a checklist that is very vague. I ran the water tests and received the following results:
FC - 0
TA - 80 ppm
pH - 7.2
Cya - 0
Now this is where I get a bit confused. Based on the results, I believe I need to get a Conditioner/Stabilizer, can anyone confirm this? And if so, recommendations - my handy checklist says Blue Shield Conditioner/Stabilizer.
Also - I understand I need to add Chlorine and I believe the shock but I have no idea how much. The tabs I bought indicate that one tab is sufficient for up to 10,000 gallons, if I put this in my small 2822 gallon pool - this seems like major overkill. Should I break the tab into a smaller piece based on the size of my pool i.e. 2822/10000 = .28 of a tab in a floating feeder? Or does the one large tab in a floating feeder regulate itself?
Lastly - the shock I purchased says to use 1 pound per 8,000 gallons so I'm assuming for the size of our pool I'd use approximately 4 oz? My checklist also says to add shock weekly, what exactly is the shock for - just out of curiosity?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!