My pool was bought as a foreclosure.
The pool had been sitting un-cared for, for at least two years. It was a green swamp.
I've had it at shock levels for at least a week, and it has gone from bright green to a lovely shade of blue. But not a clear blue, more like a milky blue. I can see down 1.5 steps (which is an improvement).
It has a 420 sq ft CARTRIDGE filter, that I've rinsed 3 times so far, the last time it only went 2 hours before needing cleaning. So, I'm not getting as much filter time as I'd like. Boy what a pain.
Here are my numbers right now:
T/A = 50
pH is about 8. I've used 2 gallons of Muriatic Acid (about a half gallon at a time), and it comes down then goes right back up.
CYA was 0, but I've added 4 pounds of CYA directly to the pool. I think it may be getting sucked up into the filter, because I've seen white granular stuff in the filter the two times I rinsed after adding the CYA. That amount of CYA should have brought me up to 20, but I'm not counting on it.
I've used 2 packets of HTH shock (cal-hypo) and two 3inch Trichlor pucks to maintain the shock levels. Along with almost 20 gallons of bleach. I think I've won the algae battle, but don't dare let the chlorine levels fall.
I know I still have some leaves in there, but I've already fished two garbage bags worth out already (prior to shocking), and I'm sure their aren't THAT many left. The in-floor cleaning system brings them up every now and then (when the filter is newly rinsed), so I fish them out as I see them.
I know my T/A and CH are low, and I plan on fixing that, eventually. What should my major priority be right now?
This is turning into a full time job for me. Any helpful hints would be appreciated.