I'm so lost! My phone doesn't let me access the school portion of this so I apologize if these questions are repetitive but I need help, I'm so frustrated!!!!
I know my pool is nothing like the pools you have but here it goes.
I have an above ground Intex pool, its 18' x 48" and hold 6,423 gallons at 90% capacity. I was told that instead of shocking the pool to add bleach and baking soda instead. So upon filling I dumped in 4 gallons of bleach and 8lbs of baking soda. I failed to test my water out of the hose to see what I was starting with in the first place, it is well water, not city water so there is absolutely no chlorine in it. So of course once the pool was full the pH and chlorine levels were through the roof! Not even a number that matched the color on the test bottle. And the water is soooo green and has white particles!!!! Everything I read says that green =algae....so i shocked it. And it didnt get any better. The chlorine level was so high there is no possible way algae could be living in that. I did buy the acid to bring the pH down and it is dropping but the green color and white particles are not improving at all. The chlorine and pH are getting close to where they should be but the clarity is terrible, I can't even see the bottom.
I'm trying not to start over because trucking in water seems pointless because they just get it from the river and I feel that I will be battling algae then. Also, where I live for whatever reason, we run out of water quite often. I would hate to run the well dry.
So I'm trying to fix the water that is in it.
1. Why/how is it green if there is not algae in it??
2. What do I do if pH and chlorine are balanced and it hasn't cleared up?
3. I tested the tap water and the pH is naturally high-ish (approx 7.8-8) so if I were to start over....how in the heck would I add chlorine without freaking out my pH level again and ending up in the exact same boat i am in now?
I am fine with not having crystal clear water, I can't expect perfection when I am using hard well water....but poopy green is ridiculous! And it became that color in less than 2 hours, so again I really do not believe algae has anything to do with it. Help! I'm so frustrated and my kids and I want to swim so bad!!!!