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    Balancing our new IG pool...

    Hello All,
    I think things are going well with the new 26k gallon IG maui gem quartz pool.....but do have a question about a few things.

    first, here are my numbers...
    Chlorine: 1.0-1.5 (using the cheapie pentair test kit)
    TA: 80
    CYA: 20
    CH: 260-270
    PH: 7.2*

    So it is a SWG pool...but since it is 12 days old i don't have Salt in yet (16 days away still).
    the pool frog (Cl bacpac) and a (~daily) 96oz bleach have been the source of chlorine.

    added 5lbs of stabilizer ~ 1 week ago but backwashed after 2 days so think i lost a lot of it.

    brought TA up ~1 week ago from 50 to 80. it has held steady since.

    was instructed by local chemical company to also add Calcium Chloride ~ 1 week ago when CH was 120...so brought that up to ~200 (with ~14 lbs Ca) and it has naturally risen to 260ish.

    So.....in order to keep the pH at 7.2 i've had to add ~1/2 gallon of MA every other day. it creeps to 7.4-7.5 and i knock it back down. Seem about right for this "new" of a pool?

    I've been sweeping 2x/day for the first 10 days and daily since. residue was present for first 7-8 days and is basically non existant now.

    water is clear and approx 80 degrees.

    filter runs from 6am to 10pm.

    Everything sound ok? Anything else i should be doing? Anything I shouldnt be doing?

    I really want to make sure i do this right!!!

    thanks so much.

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    Re: Balancing our new IG pool...

    Ditch the Frog...he's got copper and/or silver....you don't want metals in your water.

    Increase your stabilizer and then, increase your FC.

    You'll want stabilizer at 60-80 for SWG so get started that direction...raise it up to 50 or so.

    Next increase your FC to around 3-6ppm never letting it get below 3.

    That should keep you in good shape until you fire up the SWG....Everything else your doing seems fine.
    Dave S.
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    Re: Balancing our new IG pool...

    thanks Dave!!!
    added ~5 kbs of cya to the skimmer (2.5lbs in each) using skimmer socks.
    i also backwashed before to prevent washing it all away after.
    should i also keep the pump on 24hrs to ensure good circ?

    to get those 3.0- 6.0ppm levels, liquid bleach is ok i assume? best to add daily in the am?

    also, alkalinity dropped today before doing anything to about 50...a sign of anything?
    PH was right at 7.2....

    thanks all!

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