I bought a house last september and with it came this pool. Made a rookie mistake and didnt close it before the leaves fell(thought I had some time). Got most of it out and closed it up. I've spent the last week or two on off days cleaning it up, skimming /vacuuming the whole nine yards. Even went and had to download a manual for the filter as I was left no instruction manual. After I took the cover off the water was clear for about an hour then went to a nice green pool, added some chemicals to clear up the green then it went to a murky blue color and now I am finally just about crystal clear. (Filter has been running 24/7 a week now)
So far I have put in chemical wise about a gallon of clarifier, a gallon of liquid chlorine, 1/4 gallon algaecide and a little bit of PH plus(all products used are HTH). added a packet of super shock last night as its been a week since I put that other stuff in. Ive been reading alot of the posts on this site as well as the pool school postings. I feel like I understand everything that is being said but being a first time pool guy I guess I lack the experience to be able to just get it done so to speak.
Using a 6 way test kit by hth from Walmart I yield the following results.
CL/BR maxed out on the color tube at 5/10
using a test strip(I know none of you like them) .5 FC
So I guess I am just looking for some feedback from some people that have been looking at these numbers for a while now. From what I can tell they look alright, although I realize I need to raise that FC level up a bit. Also should I have added more chlorine or something at the begining. Even if numbers look good do you still have to overload when you first open to make sure all the winter nastiness is dead? Not sure that I've actually "shocked" my pool here. I feel like its about ready to be enjoyed but as I have 2 young children I want to make sure I am doing everything right.
Any advice/feedback is appreciated.