First off, my pool is still filling. It is around 8200 gallons according to the volume calculator.
I added some bleach yesterday while filling just to keep the water chlorinated as well as to help get the rust to precipitate out of the water so I will be able to filter it. I have a well so my water is VERY high in iron.
Here are my numbers: Keep in mind, the only thing I have added at all to the water is bleach so far.
I do have a water softener which is likely why my hardness is so low. I do have a vinyl liner so does the hardness matter? Should I go ahead and increase it to the recommended level of 260?
Also my TA is VERY high. Reading the website it recommends in order to decrease the TA I need to use acid to lower my PH to 7.0 and then aireate the water until TA drops.
So is this what I should do? Just keep aireating the water until my TA gets to around 100 and then bump the PH back up to 7.5?
Also the water is not full enough yet for me to be able to run my sand filter. It is not to the intake yet. In the meantime I am running 2 homemade filters to remove rust. Bleach jugs filled with polyfill and pumping water through them with fountain pumps. It is doing a good job so far.
I am going to attach a couple pics so you can see my water right now. The second pic is of the rinse water from my homemade filters after about 2 hours of running. I will keep posting updated pics.
Thank you for any assistance.