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    New pool owner

    I just set up a 20x 12x48 easy set up pool and purchased the saltwater system. I filled the pool up with city water and then proceeded to run the filter for. 24 hours after adding salt. Then I started the saltwater system and my salt was not too low or high and the water is clear. But my copper level is. 0 and my ph and alkalinity is low. But my chlorine level is great. It has been around 4 days since I started the whole process. Should I wait to let the kids swim since my ph is low or is it ok??and should I wait and let the system fun in boost mode for another day or so before adding any increaser to help ph? This has been a stressful process for me. I like to have things perfect. But I want it safe for my kids.

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    Re: New pool owner

    Welcome Melissa

    Can you give us some test results please? We can't say if it's just "great" or "low". We really need solid numbers to make a call.
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    Re: New pool owner

    Welcome to TFP! As Patrick said we need solid numbers from a reliable test kit to better help you help your pool. No copper is good!
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    Re: New pool owner

    Welcome to TFP!

    Here is a Test Kit Comparison, I recommend ordering a TF100 test kit from tftestkits.net, that's what I have.

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    Re: New pool owner

    Free Chlorine is 1 ppm and ph is 6.2 and alkalinity is 0 and copper is 0

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    Re: New pool owner

    Those results are with the test strips that came with the saltwater pump.

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    Re: New pool owner

    Welcome to the forum!

    If you do a little reading of other threads, it will be become pretty clear pretty quickly that we don't trust test strips. They don't give the accuracy nor precision necessary to properly care for a pool.
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    Re: New pool owner

    As stated, you need to get a good test kit. But until it arrives, since you filled it with the same water your kids bathe in, let 'em swim.

    I doubt your ph is really that low. I question the accuracy of the strips, which is why we don't use them here.
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