I am the mother of 6 and we decided to save a little money this summer and get an Intex AG pool rather than pay for local pool membership..... long story short, we put the pool up a week ago and I'm ready to cry or pull my hair out, or both. The kids were able to swim for the first few days, then it got what looked like some algae here and there on the bottom (spots of greenish brownish stuff sitting on the bottom). I shocked it and added algaecide and have spent days trying to get the chemical levels right and the water cleared up. It's very cloudy. Unfortunately, I didn't find this site before spending a bunch of money on Aqua Chem testers and products. I've never owned a pool and don't have many friends that do, so I bought the stuff they were selling right next to the pools at the local department store..... I use the 6-way strips everyday and they tell me to add this and add that and the levels never get right and the water is so cloudy. I can't afford to keep this up. My kids are so disappointed because I won't let them in it and I'm about ready to throw in the towel. Literally. I don't mind testing each day and throwing a little something in and changing the filter cartridges, but I want clear water and to be able to let them swim! Six kids means I don't have time to spend hours a day trying to figure this out and fix it. Can anyone help me? Before I lose my sanity?
My Pool Chemistry
These are ish numbers based on the 6-way test strips.....