I think I finally have my TA lowered and stabilized after a verrrry long battle. It has consistently been in the 70-90 range for a couple of weeks now. The pH still rises every other day. I add acid, get it back down to 7.5 and then 2 days later it's back up to 7.8. Hopefully this will level out a bit more in time. Here are my numbers today----are phosphates seriously something to not even worry about as long as the other readings are in check? I stopped buying the PhosFree stuff at the recommendation of everyone here and now only buy acid while at Leslie's until I can come home and put the numbers in the pool calcuator.
CH 230 (Pool Calc tells me this is too low for the first time ever)
CYA 30 (have conditioner to add today)
TA 80 (yippeeee!!!)
Phosphates 800 ???? (down from the 2500 they told me a few weeks ago....said my new landscaping/fertiziler may have thrown off numbers)