I've been lurking on the forums here for a couple of weeks now soaking up some information. I ordered my first test kit, the K-2006, and ran my first test (results below). I've owned the pool for a few months and have foolishly taken the shotgun approach to algae control and sanitation. I have been using dichlor granules and triclor tabs for my chlorine. I have tons of the stuff after buying in bulk to 'save money' ... whoops! Anyway, my pool is somewhere between 30-35k gallons (diving pool) with a connected, but separate spa. I have a DE filter. I think I'm in ok shape overall considering, but one thing is off and I'm not sure if I messed up the test or not for the Cyanuric Acid. Also, my pool is in ground and has pebbletec walls/floor, so I'm guessing I should be using guidelines for plaster pools, as opposed to vinyl or fiberglass.
FC = 5.2ppm
CC = 0.4ppm
pH = 7.4 (a little lowish?)
TA = 110ppm (high-ish, but since I've been using di/trichlor it's supposed to be higher, right?)
CH = 270ppm
CA = ???
When I ran the CA test, it says to add the cloudy liquid until the black dot at the bottom of the test beaker disappears. The first graduation is 100. I only filled the thing up to about half way towards 100, so I'm guessing that isn't good, or I did the test improperly.
Thanks for any suggestions on how to approach my levels and what I may have done to the CA test.