Hello, and first - thanks to everyone for all the great info on this site! I'm very happy to be a part of this. I've researched this a lot on this site, and haven't been able to find any clear information on why my pool water has gotten cloudy.
We just got the pool (12x24 oval AG) filled with water for the first time on 07/01/14. We then put in 2 small bags of gravel that had been previously used in a pool, to hold down the base of the ladder that we have inside the pool.
The sequence of what happened is: I had been adding 8.25% bleach as the sanitizer, but hadn't added any stabilizer yet. I had been checking the pH and FC levels as I was going along the first day. I began adding baking soda/sodium bicarbonate to the skimmer to start to raise TA, and within about a minute, the water coming back to the pool from the return was milky-looking. I presumed that it was just some fine particulate, but over the course of about an hour, the entire pool had clouded up.
Readings at the time of my adding baking soda:
I have removed the gravel bags, which had a good amount of brown, silty water coming from them when I pulled them out, and have been letting the pump run continuously. I performed an OCLT with 0 loss. I've begun adding CYA at this time, the filter pressure has been unchanged since startup, and my current readings are:
My assumption is that the cloudiness has something to do with the gravel bags, although I'm not sure why the water clouded immediately after adding the sodium bicarbonate. If this is just dirt/silt, will it just clear on it's own? I have a robo vacuum that I have just started using, but haven't hooked it up today. The liner isn't gritty or slimy at all, and the water feels fine, just looks crappy.
Thanks in advance for any help.