Hi, I need advice. Used a Taylor 6000 kit last night and here is what it came up with: FC 2.5 Ph 7.4 Those were the two tests we had been doing and thought the chemistry was ok, but the constant issue with algae made us get the
more complete test kit to do further testing. Alkalinity came in at 175 and Calcium is ungodly at 750 and the CYA was off the chart. Even doing the test over again with the 1/2 pool water and 1/2 tap, it still would not even register
close to 100. The black dot was hidden by the milky water way down about 1/2 inch up on the vial (so far below the 100 that I have no clue what the reading would be)
The kit did not have a way to test phosphates. I have a feeling that is part of our problem also because we fight oak leaves and oak blooms really bad in the fall and the spring. I have been reading about CYA and Calcium and realize that the Leslies pucks we have been using are elevating those while not allowing the chlorine to do it's job with the Algae. We have been brushing the pool and backwashing weekly to no avail. It keeps coming back. What should we do?
We are also on well water so our water is not going to be the best. It is very hard water (Texas hill country) and probably alkaline so even putting fresh water in will not be an automatic fix.