First post here. We bought an 18' x 48 " Intex Ultra Frame and I finished the install about a week ago. I bought the 2650 sand filter along with the SWG and so far everything is working perfectly! The most difficult part of the install was the leveling of course. The ground was off by 10" in the location I selected. After reading all of the warnings about making sure it was level, I really tried to get it perfect. So far it is remaining that way so that's great! Anyway, that's for another post.
I used the included strips initially until my TF-100 kit arrived. I tested on the day that I received it and made a few additions. Also note that I did not fill to capacity. I filled it to the bottom of the 2nd square from the top on the liner so it would be up to my son's chin. Filled from the hose with town water (no well). The water is sparkling clear and seems perfect to the eye and to swim in! I really want to learn to keep it this way.
I used 7200 gallons (7600 full I believe) on the pool calculator but don't know how accurate that is. Here are the results after my first "true" test:
Salt was just below 3000 ppm with stick test
What I'm thinking is that my TA is a bit high and I need to bring the CYA up a bit to about 70. Am I on the right track? Any recommendations?
Thanks a lot!