I've been using the test strips from my PB until I got the awesome TF test kit. I don't know what it is, but I just can't tell the readings on test strips. My wife and I can look at them and come up with totally different numbers! Kudos to Dave on such a great product. On to my readings -
FC - 3
CC - .5 (probably less, barely any coloration to begin)
pH - 7.8
T/A - 120
CH - 180 (vinyl liner, so no issue here)
CYA - 30
Water Temp - 79
I have a SWG and will be putting another 4 lbs of CYA into the pool tonight in order to get my CYA up to 50 or 60. I gather that this will lower my pH to some extent. Other than the slightly high pH and borderline T/A, it seems to me that I'm within acceptable ranges. Is there anything I should be addressing immediately?
Based on what I've been reading here, I want to add borates into the mix. Bought all of the 20 mule team that Meijer had in stock today! I would assume a new pool would have close to 0ppm borates to begin with. PB and I have added some chemicals to get the numbers close as the pool has been filled since last October, though it didn't function until this spring. Would certain pool chemicals add borates into the water? I have borate test strips on order, but would like to get things moving while I wait. Would it be safe to assume a 0ppm reading and put maybe 75% of the borax into the water and get the pH back down while I'm waiting?