I now hate our pool. It's a money pit.
We have old Islander inground pool with vinyl liner and 23000 gal of water. We use a cartridge filter system. It was a money pit last year. Kept adding chemicals but it was always cloudy. Leslie's would always tell use to add more shock and sanitizer. Never looked good.
We decided to convert this year to chlorine to hopefully get back to being happy people who entertain. To top the pool off this year we have been filling from our tap which is well water.
Our first chemical check on May 5 said we were starting with the following levels:
Calcium hardness: 70
free and clear of baquacil chemicals...
We've been following what Leslie's has been telling us to do. This Saturday, our numbers were:
Calcium hardness: 120
We were told to add 8 oz of ultra brite (which we did on Saturday night) . Today we added 4 lbs of granular chlorine and 20 mins later added 4 oz of algeacide. To our surprise, the pool which was blue but cloudy on Friday and Saturday is now pond green.
Off we went to Leslie's. Not much help there but to say to start with 4 lbs of fresh and clear ( oxiding shock). A fellow standing in line shook his heads and said he had converted his pools twice from baqaicil to chlorine and urge us to use you as a guide. He told us to add 8 gallons of straight bleach and to maintain the levels. Now we aren't sure what to do and hope for some guidance. I have a child turning 13 yr who is hoping for a memorial day bday swimming party and this doesn't look good.
I've read your site and am not sure what we should be doing...
Our numbers now:
ph: 6.2 ( it was 7.2 six hrs ago at Leslie's so is dropping)
chlorine:3 ( it was 5, six hours ago at Leslie's so is dropping)
alkalinity: 50 ( it was 120, six hours ago at Leslie's so is dropping)
CYA: 30-50 ( same six hrs ago)
Should we go with the Leslie's recommendation or with bleach.
Guidance is greatly appreciated.