I have a new AG Bestway 18' pool that I have setup with a SWG (finally starting to get some of the lingo down). Initially, I only had test strips to determine my levels and have since bought a testing kit from a pool store. The kit is sold as a Competition kit here in Canada and says it is a "deluxe 4 in 1 test kit". I can test CL, PH, Acid Demand and TA.
One of my questions is that the kit registers CL from .3 to 3.0 and the kit suggests that CL be between 1.0 and 1.5. The forums and the pool calculator suggests CL should be between 3 and 5. How do I reconcile the two values?
Next, I find that the CL levels will be high in the morning and then quite low in the evening? Is that normal? Currently my TA levels are out of whack as I made the wrong adjustment (added baking soda when I should have added Muratic Acid). Initially the level was quite high (1100) which actually matches the tap water used to fill the pool. I think I've figured out how the use the pool calculator so I'll have to start adjusting that back down.
Here are the normal levels
Since I can't or don't know how to test for CYA (the test strips I have say that the level is fine) what are my options for that?
Thanks in advance for your help.