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    opening my pool--guidance on water balancing

    Was a new convert at the end of last season, and just hoping to get guidance to start out right this year. Uncovered the pool, and filled the water on Sunday. Turned the filter on, did our first water test yesterday afternoon.
    FC=0
    CC=0
    TC=0
    pH=7.8
    TA=160
    CYA=15? (husband did testing and said it may be a bit higher but gave me this number???)

    My husband insisted we needed to shock, so he added 288 oz. bleach last night, to raise FC to 10, and ran pump all night.

    Tested at 10:40 AM:
    FC=6
    CC=.5

    I know we need to lower total alkalinity. I don't have muriatic acid, but I do have some dry acid. It says add no more than 2 lbs. at a time. So do I gradually decrease pH to try to lower my TA?
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    Re: opening my pool--guidance on water balancing

    Alkalinity is fine for now. Work on pH and chlorine until those are where they need to be and are stable. When you bring your pH down, your alkalinity will come down.

    Your CYA could very well be very low. Mine is usually unmeasurable in the spring due to rainwater dilution over the winter. Stay after the chlorine, push th epH down to 7.4 and run the pump 24/7 until the pool is clean and clear. You'll be ready to swim as soon as it's warm.
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    Re: opening my pool--guidance on water balancing

    When you say "stay after the chlorine", just keep bringing it up to what level?
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    Re: opening my pool--guidance on water balancing

    Quote Originally Posted by daniym
    When you say "stay after the chlorine", just keep bringing it up to what level?
    Try to stay at the target level on the Chlorine/CYA chart in Pool School here: pool-school/chlorine_cya_chart_shock

    That will vary as your CYA is increased.
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    Re: opening my pool--guidance on water balancing

    Yes, your CYA is low - the recommended level is 30-50. If you do add some, remember that it takes about a week for the granules to dissolve and register on tests, so don't retest and waste reagent.
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
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