So, fairly new pool owner, and still struggling to figure out the chemicals. Last summer I had an algae explosion, thought I licked it before winter, opened up a clear pool this summer, and it stayed so, until a week ago. Shocked it, cleared it up, now three days ago cloudy again. Shocked again, but this time no progress. To give an idea of water, I can see the bottom in shallow end, but at about 6 ft. I can't see bottom. CYA was nothing, so added. Also added algaecide two days ago. Vacuum with a dolphin. My numbers this a.m.:
ALK - 180
FC - 1.5
CC - .5
CH - 200
CYA - 25ish
So, I start reading, and it looks like the cloudy might be algae? So I read about the SLAM - If I understood pool calculator right, I added 3 gallons of 8.25 bleach -how long do I have to wait before getting readings? I checked at an hour, and got 22 FC!!! CC up to 1. So the questions - first, am I on the right track? Second, do I worry about TA being high? Mur. acid? How about calcium being low? And lastly, I'm supposed to be hosting a pool BDAY party saturday afternoon - will it be terrible if they swim with a little cloudy/algae? and what if my chlorine levels are still high from slamming - at what level do I keep them out of the pool? Should I save the slam process until after pool party? I bought a bottle of HTH super concetrated clarifier - should I skip this, or can it help? Do I need another trip to the pool store right away for CYA, or if I get there in two days, is my current 25 ok for now? I will do whatever I have to do, if there is any possibility of clear water by saturday afternoon (it is thursday noon right now)
Have I asked enough to have everyone completely blow off my post? Sorry, I'm stressin out here!