Finally got around to getting a good test kit.
SWG with Auto Pilot. I have read the suggestions here for SWG chemistry. I believe salt is around 3000ppm, but don't have an accurate test (yet.)
I added 6lb of stabalizer to socks in the skimmer last night with a target of 75 for CYA. I understand that is expected to take a week to show up.
I also already lowered my pH to 7.1 last night wit muriatic acid (confirmed with test this morning) and started aeration...as pool math and pool pal requested ph of 7.0-7.2 to lower TA.
A few questions:
1. Yes, I know FC is high. I was surprised. Shall I ignore that for the next week until CYA is up? It was also at the end of a no sun day with the (blue) cover never removed.
2. I don't fully understand the pH/TA relationship. Will aeration lower my TA and increase my pH, or is lowering pH part of lowering TA? How long should aeration take to lower TA? Hours/days/weeks? I turned the two returns up to break the water surface.
3. Should 80 be my TA target, since that's the point of overlap between AutoPilot recommendations and TFP SWG target?
I think my targets should be:
FC 4-5? AutoPilot wants 1-3. I want a TFP
CH [don't care a lot, as long as it's not super low or super high]
Borates - sounds interesting, but I figure I should get everything else in balance first.
Reasonable targets? Am I on the right track? Suggestions? Course correction?
As always, thanks. You guys rock.