I'm having monumental issues getting my pool chemicals balanced this year. Things were good two weeks ago after having added Cyanuric acid, Calcium, Chlorine, and eventually and anti-metal solution to lower the Copper levels. Two days ago the pool started getting algae green but my test strips showed the Chlorine levels as stable. It turns out the test strips were moldy and none of the numbers were accurate. Today, after buying fresh test strips:
pH = 7.8
Free Chlorine = 5
Alkalinity = in the 180 territory
Stabilizer = between 30 and 50
I'm not sure of I have an algae bloom or another surge in metals. I've already spent $200+ in chemicals and was hoping for some advice as to what this may be so I can avoid buying way more than I need. Any input is greatly appreciated! Thanks!