Hello! I just bought a wee Intex 8-foot easy set-up pool. I was a bit overwhelmed with the process of adding chemicals (should have spent more time researching first!) and now I'm afraid I've started off on the wrong foot. We filled it yesterday but didn't add anything until today. I first added stabilized chlorine, and then algicide liquid (I believe I should have done the reverse - oops?).
We are using the HTH 3-step liquid test and some strips, for good measure. Every time I test (which I did before adding chemicals two hours ago, and a few times since then) I get wildly different results on the strips and the HTH test. On the strips, everything is too low, and the chlorine is non-existent. On the HTH liquid test, everything is off the charts. I tested my tap water for kicks, and I get virtually the same disparate readings (for example, a PH level of 8+)
The kids are yelling at me to go swimming. I have no idea what to do. Can I let them swim? When and how do I try to balance the chemicals? What is going on with these tests? Please help...thanks so much!