So I just bought an 15x48" above ground pool with a SWG. Here is what I have done so far:
I filled it up with water.
Added 100lbs of pool salt.
Turned on the regular filter that the pool came with.
24 hours later, I turned on the SWG and set it to 5 hours.
Last night, I added 1lb of cyanuric acid to the pool.
I tested the Copper and it said 0, so I started the Boost cycle at about 4 today.
I tested the other chemicals before starting the boost and just confirmed them now for writing this post-6pm (listed below):
somewhere between the 0 and the 30-50 mark-CYA
Here is what I am confused about:
There are so many test strips. My pool/SWG came with a 3-way test kit (FC, PH, TA) and an individual strip for Copper, but I keep reading that I needed to add CYA, so I bought a 5-way test kit. If the original stuff only came with a 3-way test kit than is it good enough to just balance those 3 and swim?
THIS IS MY BIGGEST CONCERN: I have no idea how to balance my pool. What is the order of things you balance in a saltwater pool? Copper, CYA, PH, TA?
I am assuming that after the Boost system (which should be done in 40 hours I believe), the Copper might be okay and from what I have read, I think I'll need to increase the number of hours that the SWG is running so it will increase my FC. The manual said to run the SWG for 5 hours, but the test strip is reading at 0-FC.
Also, when is the best time to run the SWG. Right now it has been running from about 4pm-9pm and I have NOT turned off my regular filter yet because I wasn't going to be home today when the generator started and I wanted to make sure the filter was on first....Is the filter on too much? Is that messing up any chemical levels?
I appreciate any help! Thanks Dawn