I am brand new to the pool world and the site, and have been doing a lot of reading and research, lots of great information here!
I have an intex metal pool setup (12' by 30", approx 1800 gallons). I have the SWG and upgraded to a 2500 GPH intex filter pump (both maybe overkill relative to pool size but I don't know how to do anything half speed
Filled pool yesterday, added 50 lbs of salt, and turned on the filter pump. This morning I turned the SWG on to the Boost cycle, and plan to test water tomorrow.
As suggested on the forums I purchased a Walmart 6 way tester (not strips), and I watched some videos on using it, looks fairly straightforward.
Stopped at the pool store yesterday to grab a few things, and asked what other chemicals I would need to keep the pool happy. Guy said Algae control (said initially add 8 ounces then 3 ounces per week thereafter). Also said Soda Ash and Alkalinity plus, and add those as necessary based on tests. I mentioned stabilizier, and he said no don't get it as you will be taking the pool down in 3 months anyway.
I don't want to mess with the chemistry of the pool if not necessary. Do I really need the Algae control as a preventative measure?