My setup in my Sig. Just setup the pool up last week, been about 6 days since I added 120lbs salt and 4-5 days since I added just under 1.2lbs of Cyanuric Acid per Intex 1% CYA recommendations for start (my water level is a couple inches lower).
SWG/Pump is running 4 hours per day in between 8am-Noon.
Taylor K-1766 Salt Test at 17 drops, 3400ppm / hth Salt Test strips show around 3000ppm. I was shooting for 3000ppm (but in Pool School I read "Salt 200-400 ppm ABOVE recommended optimum level").
Taylor K-2006 CYA Test: 45ppm
I did the Taylor K-2006 Chlorine Test, use 0.2ppm scale (and filled to 25ml). 28 drops = 5.6ppm FC
After 5 drops of R-0003, the sample did not turn pink immediately. I wanted for 30-60 seconds and left. Probably 4-5 (maybe more) I came back and the sample was pink.
I notice in a youtube video for this test, his sample immediately turned pink after adding the 5 drops of R-0003. Mine did not.
Question 1 - Do I assume my Combined Chlorine level is 0 or near (I ignore the sample turned pink after several minutes)?
I did add the next drops after I saw it pink (after several minutes), took 3-4 drops to turn colorless, 0.6 - 0.8ppm CC - Not sure if I can or should rely on this one.
Question 2 - For this pool and SWG setup, I should increase CYA per the Pool School's recommendation to adjust CYA to between 70 and 80 (not Intex's), is that correct?
Question 3 - It seems like I may need to reduce the operating time of the pump/SWG to get my FC down between 3-5 (but this may depend on pool usage), is that also correct for me to assume?.
Perhaps I should wait a two more days since I read that CYA can take up to a week to dissolve.
Question 4 - Should I just add more Cyanuric Acid today since I'm low from the Pool School's recommendation? I'm not even sure how much more to add.
That's all the tests I have done at this point, I want to get the Salt, CYA and Chlorine levels correct first.
Thanks in advance - what a great forum.
EDIT: I should note our city water is chlorinated, not fluoridated.
Also added current equipment in signature to post for future reference in case I change my equipment
Intex 16' x 48" Ultra Frame, Intex 1600 GPH Saltwater System & Sand Filter Pump Set 56677EG (Copper Unplugged), Gorilla Pads (2), Keeper 03622 Camouflage 27' x 2" Ratchet Tie-Downs (2), Taylor K-2006 and K-1766 Test Kit, hth 6-way and Salt Test Strips