I have a 16' round 48" deep Intex Easy Set Pool. I'm using a 1500 gph filter/pump and after lots of rain and wind blowing junk in my pool, my crystal clear water is now a murky mess. I had lots of junk at the bottom that I tried vacuuming but that wimpy thing that came with the pool just stirred it into a soup. Now I can't see the bottom. I bought new filters and have been running the pump now continually for 48 hours and it's looking a little better but still can see the pole I dropped on the bottom. I've been changing and cleaning my nasty filters now for 2 days. Here are my numbers:
FC-10+ (shocked twice now-is that why it's so high?)
CYA (is the same as stabilizer?)-100
I put in a couple oz. of clarifier to help. I usually run my pump for 5 hours everyday and keep a leaf net on to help but dirt still gets in and I don't know the best way to get it out. I bought a better vacuum head with hose that I attach right to the intake of the pump (since it won't fit on the one to the pool). I'm almost ready to say the heck with this thing if it's going to be this much trouble.
Here are my questions....are you ready?
Is my pump adequate?
When the pool is looking and acting right is 5 hours each day enough or should I be running it more??
How often should I test the water? Shock?
My PH tends to be very low so it seems I'm always adding PH increaser. Would something else be causing it to be so low?
How long does it take for the water to clear up again running the pump constantly? My electric bill is going to be outrageous!
Does anyone recommend an inexpensive yet reliable vacuum that will fit my pool?
Thanks much. I've been searching and reading and have found tons of great information and answers to some of my questions but I'm hoping someone can address all of my concerns.