I've been trying to make sense of everything on the forums... and I think I'm getting there. I believe I have one of the only In-Ground pools in Japan, and am trying desperately to get it up and running and safe.
It's in ground, concrete, approx. 14,000 gallons. No skimmers (aargh! dead bugs everywhere!). The pump is in English- Posi-Flo Model # 50TXRJ, and it also has an automagic liquid chlorine dispenser pump thingy.
It's been a challenge with the language barrier, and no one in Japan seems to know how to take care of a pool or where to buy supplies. Unfortunately, I can't just order stuff from Amazon or pop down to Walmart. I can't even find a proper test kit. I have some strips, but they only tell me FC, Alk, and pH. It sounds like I also need to know about CYA though? The realtor is going to buy me a digital test kit, but it only tests pH from best I can tell.
So it's been on for about 4 days now since the pool was emptied, cleaned and filled back up and pumps turned on, and my ph is 7.8, Alk is OK (sorry i forgot the number) but my FC is 0. I'm using bleach- it's what they said to use, but I also have some chlorine tablets, but to be honest I have no idea what exactly is in them. Last summer the owners turned it on for us, told us to put 1 or 2 tablets in the pool (Just toss them in the deep end) every day. Needless to say, that method turned the pool green after 2 weeks.
How can I raise the FC without the pH getting too high? What other products do I need? I'm glad it sounds like some simple grocery store items like Borax and Baking Soda may do the trick... I'm not sure I can get Stabilizer like they have the US or half the other chemicals. Certainly they MUST exist in Japan, they have plenty of public pools here. I just can't find anyone who knows anything about pools! I'm pretty sure my head is going to explode trying to figure all this out!
Thanks for the help and advice =)
(I know I need to have all that info in my sig) ~14k gallon, IGP, Posi-flo Model 50TXRJ, crazy Japanese pool