So I had the pool plaster guy do the startup the first week... My test kit arrived end of the week but we went out of town for the weekend and I just tested the pool the following week for the first time. Our regular pool guy appeared to SKIP this week too... Complicating matters. The PH was off the charts above 8.2.... The CYA was 70-80. Which I am shocked was so high so soon since I didn't even put in any tri-Chlor tablets yet. Which leads me to problem #3... Chlorine level was basically non-existent. I put my floater in with tri-Chlor today... But I fear using them with the high CYA. My pool does get full sunlight ALL day.. So CYA can be a little higher.
Today I just added a conservative amount of acid... About 50 fl ounces... To see if I can take the PH down. I was going to add some liquid chlorine too... But read I should add it slowly with new plaster... And some recommended just tablets for 4 weeks. But since my CYA is high and chlorine basically non-existant... I figured adding liquid chorine is better.
Not sure what type of start up the pool guy did... Imagine it was a traditional start up. Frustrated my regular pool guy decided to skip this very important second week.
My TA and Calcium levels were 100 and 300... So they both were good at least.
Any advice moving forward.... Pool and plaster at least looks all clear!