OK....First off I want to really thank you guys for gathering all the content, hosting, as well as taking time to monitor and admin this site. I have been using the Pool Calculator and attempting to perfect the BBB method in my pool for about 1 month. Now to my issue/question....I have been using what I believe to be WAAAAAAY too much liquid chlorine in order to keep my FC at a decent level. For instance my numbers 3 days ago were. These numbers are pretty indicative of my pool on a regular since starting BBB.
FC - 0.5 (If even that much. It wasn't as pink as the .5 - 1 color on the test kit)
PH - 8
TA - 150
CH - 375 (I have dumped my entire water out and learned the hard way that AZ has hard wather)
CYA - < 30 (I don't really know what this number is I just know that I can pour the solution all the way to the top of the test kit and still see the black dot pretty clearly. When I first started BBB a little over a month ago my CYA was EXTREMELY HIGH much more than 100)
I didn't see anything on the calculator that says which numbers are the priority to get under control first so for the first 3 weeks or so of trying to follow BBB I just dumped the said chemicals, drained water and did whatever the calculator told me to do all at the same time. Now I'm starting to realize that wasn't the right way to do it. I assumed getting the chlorine level up was the priority and just from the 3 weeks experience that I have with my pool (Adding the suggested "Pool Calc" chlorine amount and next day testing to find my chlorine levels to be low) on top of seeing the bottom of my pool had a thin layer of algae starting I decided to dump in 384 oz's of clorox instead of the 152 oz's suggested by PC
FC - 5 (whoohoo no "." in front of my FC number!)
PH - 8
TA - 175
CH - 375
CYA - < 30
This felt great! A crystal clear pool with some actual chlorine in it! I read somewhere on another site yesterday that my priority should be getting the TA under control. (If this is not right please let me know.) With this being said I attacked the TA yesterday dumping the correct amount of Dry Acid into the pool which brought my PH down to about 7.2 last night. Then I airated my pool for about 15 hours.
PH - 7.2 (I only tested the PH to see if I got that number down to the right number)
FC - 0.5 UGGGGH!
PH - 7.6
TA - 150 (Still freaking high )
CH - 375
CYA - < 30
This mornings numbers brought me out of my shell and I decided instead of banging my head against a wall to write you guys. HELP! Thanks