Have been reading forum for days, but since I'm so new at this I'm not sure what applies to my specific pool. (intex vinyl 16' x 48" approx. 6000 gal) Took forever to get my TA in check, and my FC had gotten to 2 (using 3" tabs with stabilizer) until it rained. Ugh!
Shocked last night with Chlor Brite as per pool store advice. CYA was very low and FC was at 0. I would rather keep my numbers in check so I don't have to shock at all, but I may sometimes have babies in the pool so I may be forced to from time to time. If you catch my drift.
Now my numbers are as follows:
TA - 90
Ph - 7.6
CYA - 30
FC - 5+ (think it would have been closer to 6 if my tester went that high)
Is it safe to swim yet? Do I need to wait till it gets down to at least 4 with the CYA so low?) Kids will be swimming and I Don't want the bleach blondes to get green hair.
Also, pool people said don't worry about low CH because my pool is vinyl. Is this true?
What is a good test kit at a decent price range? Something off the internet is fine. I'm using HTC 6 way which mostly jives with the pool store tester, but some things are a bit off (like CYA) and I don't know whether it's us or them.
Do I sound like I even have a clue what I'm talking about?
Thanks in advance,