Hello, I'm a newbie, too!!! I am so glad I found your site. We installed a new above ground pool last month, we last had a pool about 6 years ago and we used baquacil. We have hot and humid summers and I was always fighting algae. I'm now trying chlorine and I can't get my chlorine and ph levels to stay balanced. The pool store started me off with the tablets in the skimmer and the granular chlorine and algicide.They also had me adding Alkaline and calcium.We filled our pool from our well. No metals. Every time I test I've had to add Muriatic acid to get my ph lower, and it is always high even after adding the acid. I have decided to use bleach and forget all I've been told by the pool store. When I did my cya test my sample does not get cloudy at all. Here are my test results I am using the TF-100 test kit.
I am not sure what I am doing wrong and I don't want to screw anything up, so before I go out and buy the bleach and baking soda I wanted to see if you guys could guide me along.Please help me the water is getting warm and we want to get in the pool!!