Hello. New to the site but this is the third year I've owned a pool. The first year I did great the water was clear all summer. The second year I couldn't seem to keep the algae from blooming and this year I opened the pool and it took less then a week to get my water clear even without a proper test kit. I super shocked the pool, vacuumed, and cleaned until I could see the bottom. The pool looked great but to be safe I finally broke down and purchased a Taylor K 2006 kit just so I wouldn't have any algae problems like the previous year. Here to find out I wasn't doing as great as I thought, my water seems kind of unbalanced to me.
CYA- I'm assuming 0 because even all the way filled up I could see the black dot
My temp readings say 63-65 degrees F
Now I'm sort of at a loss on how to properly balance the water. If I am understanding correctly I need to raise the ALK first. To do that I'm assuming I need to add baking soda to the water? Or am I missing something else that needs corrected like the CYA. I really appreciate any feedback as I have two young kids who are dying to swim in the pool but I'm unsure on whether it is safe or not.