I recently purchased a house that has a pool. I lurked here for a while, and started my conversion on Saturday. Two weeks prior I'd taken a sample to the pool store; they said the BAQ level was 30. However, when the pool store opened and shocked the pool on Saturday, it turned a cloudy gray. The guys said it probably had little BAQ remaining as it would have turned tan. It quickly went to cloudy green, then cloudy blue. By Sunday noon (after repeatedly testing and adding chlorine from Aldi), I could see the bottom. It held 15 FC last night but dissipated today (very hot, sunny day). I added more chlorine. Current readings are 7.2 PH, 15 FC and 10 CC and can see all the way to the bottom. Water was pretty clear, so I'm doing great.
I brushed the sides today, so now there's a lot of dirt in the water and there's a lot of crud on the bottom. I netted the stuff that was floating. I've bumped the filter twice and it's back to 10 psi (it didn't move from 10 psi until I brushed the sides). What can I do to get rid of all that crud on the bottom? I have a Hayward Perflex filter EC65. If I vacuum, even if I open the valve on the rear, apparently it will go into the filter and clog it up. The former owner said to take the fingers out and vacuum without them but it's supposed to be a pain to put them back in. The guy from the pool store said that there's something I can attach to my garden hose with a leaf trap. Any other ideas?
BTW, thanks for the idea of the Skim Vac -- I'll purchase one of those tomorrow. The former owner screwed the vac hose directly into the skimmer. He also told me that if I used chlorine I'd ruin the pool liner but I didn't like what I read about BAQ. He used to partially drain the pool a lot apparently, so didn't have much mold, and ran the DE filter a lot.