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    Both my total alkalinity and my pH seem unstable to me (they're moving around a lot).

    too bad i didn't have time to swing by Walmart and Costco today .. i could have run the gamut of soulless big-box stores. i picked some of the HDX Germicidal bleach .. totally appreciate the recommendation.
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    Both my total alkalinity and my pH seem unstable to me (they're moving around a lot).

    I went to both Home Depot, Fred Meyer, and Lowe's and found the following: any/all "Clorox Germicidal Bleach" has Cloromax Technology in it (see image), so i can't use that. the closest i got to a candidate for "pure bleach" was "Clorox Splashless Formula" (see image) .. but "formula" suggests...
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    Both my total alkalinity and my pH seem unstable to me (they're moving around a lot).

    it does, on the side. (see attached image) the image of the bleach that's the target of your "Clorox Germicidal Bleach" has the Cloromax logo on the front ... but when i look at it on amazon, it doesn't (the label on the bottle is totally different) .. it says "Now concentrated" with a yellow...
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    Both my total alkalinity and my pH seem unstable to me (they're moving around a lot).

    this is really helpful. my pool is small, indoor, and has almost no direct sunlight exposure .. and my sanitizer is clorox. so i'll let TA fall until it's more like in the 50-60 range and see if that stops my pH drift. i'll also add in a little CYA to stabilize the free chlorine .. but i'll...
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    Both my total alkalinity and my pH seem unstable to me (they're moving around a lot).

    this is incredibly helpful. i included that Sat. Idx. number for a reason .. i've been paying close attention to it, because as my pH rises, i get closer and closer to the high end of the recommended saturation index range - and that's allegedly where scale will form. that's my underlying...
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    Both my total alkalinity and my pH seem unstable to me (they're moving around a lot).

    here's the thing: my pH isn't stable .. it's continually moving up. and so that's sort of the core question .. either (1) why is it moving and/or (2) is there some combination of CH/FC/TA/CYA that'll settle it down? (it sounds like the guidance is: let it move up .. even to the low 8s .. which...
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    Both my total alkalinity and my pH seem unstable to me (they're moving around a lot).

    thanks Jim, i appreciate the guidance. three questions: 1. isn't the "ideal" range of total alkalinity 80-120? (and if so, isn't 60 a little low?) 2. isn't the "ideal" range of pH 7.2-7.8? (and if so, isn't 8.0 a little high?) 3. does it matter than my CYA reading is close to zero? (my pool...
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    Both my total alkalinity and my pH seem unstable to me (they're moving around a lot).

    See attached image that shows my test results for the past few days. A couple of things to note: my pH keeps drifting up .. such that I'm averaging ~3 TBSP of "pH Decreaser" per day. my Alkalinity keeps decreasing. Prior to the results I'm attaching it began at ~110 and gradually fell to 80. my...
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    How do i prime my Hayward C2251540LSS Micro StarClear 40 GPM Above-Ground Pool Filter Pump System?

    Okay - I took a couple of photos. It's a DIY / temporary / portable pump & filter housing that I can set up next to my pool and run for a few hours, then set it aside until I'm ready to run it again. The water bottles are just serving as weights to keep the hoses in place. The pool pump is on...
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    How do i prime my Hayward C2251540LSS Micro StarClear 40 GPM Above-Ground Pool Filter Pump System?

    The pool is mostly below ground. About 1' of water is above-ground, the other 3' is below-ground. I did not. Can you tell me what this is, conceptually ... meaning, does it go before the pump or after? And what is it's function? From what I can tell, it goes before the pump, and it's job is to...
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    How do i prime my Hayward C2251540LSS Micro StarClear 40 GPM Above-Ground Pool Filter Pump System?

    I bought a pool filter system: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002EL40FO/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza It doesn't come with particularly helpful setup/installation instructions ... so i did my best and put it together. When I turn it on, the motor whirs, but there's no suction (and hence no water...
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    How Do I Know My Filter is Big Enough For My Pool?

    If i took a picture of the Gecko & associated hardware, would that allow me to clarify what I have in terms of hardware? I had to do a hard reset of the Gecko - and to do so, I called the pool company and they were the folks who said "single pump system"... but (theoretically anyways), they...
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    How Do I Know My Filter is Big Enough For My Pool?

    The pump is a Gecko Aeware / ink200 .. "single pump system". Gecko: Model: IN.XE-5-11-H4.0 Options: 1-2-K-K-D-60K-V2-EP1 Heater: WAV-XE-4-240-2-INC-IF-T Controller: in.k200 main keypad LED display, 4 keys Does that tell you what the pump is? The recirculation pump is definitely...
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    How Do I Know My Filter is Big Enough For My Pool?

    When i first got my pool, i received a lot of contradictory information from (a) my local spa company vs (b) the manufacturer of the pool itself. Among the "who's telling the truth?" is the following, which I'm hoping you guys can help me settle: (a) the spa company said my pool filter is of...
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    Pool can't hold chlorine

    I had similar discoloration in my pool. I drained it and used an acid-based cleaner (sulfuric acid i believe) and hand-scrubbed the entire inner lining of the pool. I did this for two reasons: 1. my algae appeared to have "roots", meaning, it was rooting itself the pool lining, and so i wanted...