Hello everyone! This is my 1st post, but I've studied the forum for weeks. Now I need your help, please.
I'll apologize upfront, because I'm going to stop using complete sentences.
Sorry, but I have OCD. If I do my usual proof-reading, it will take me an hour to post this. :-/
new 16x32 oval vinyl w/10 solar sun rings to warm water
6000 gal water hauled in on Fri. (2 days ago)
approx. 8000 gal total using water hoses with about 1 1/2 inches of rain
(tap water is very hard water & had problems with high pH in our fish tank)
using basic test kit supplied w/pool CL <0.3 & pH 8.0
no attempts to balance
about 4 hours ago pool company added 2 gal 10% sodium hypochlorite & 2 1/2 pounds CYA
also put tri-chlor tabs in auto feeder (I know... bad idea. My husband ordered it without talking to me. I did keep them from putting in algaecide though!)
pool lady used same test kit (& her fingers) CL was low (don't remember what she said) & pH 8.0
got FC test kit from pool lady (Pentair 78DPD "all-in-one")
also got test kit from Wal-Mart (hth 6-way)
after pool people left, started testing... & re-testing :-/
using 6-way kit TA 240ppm
using all-in-one CL >3.0ppm
using 6-way kit CYA <30ppm
using basic kit CL >3.0 & pH 8.0
using 6-way kit TH 300ppm
using all-in-one TA 330ppm
(The 200 & 300 readings don't surprise me. It's been some time since we had the fish tank, but that sounds familiar.)
Could the CL have gone up that much that quickly?
Could the solar rings be helping maintain that level even with very little CYA dissolved in the water?
Do I need to start with adding muriatic acid to lower TA?
I think we should, but my husband doesn't want to put anything in the pool that doesn't say it's intended to be used in a pool.
(He really didn't want to use chlorine, but thankfully the pool store recommended it instead of Baquacil!)
Okay--got to go.
I'll check back soon.
Thanks in advance!