Getting started with a SWG


May 23, 2020
Overland Park, KS
Hi everyone!

I just set up an Intex 15' diameter, 4' tall pool and filled it with water. We added 100lbs of salt as per the pump's instruction manual (Intex Krystal Clear 1500 GPH Sand Filter Pump & Saltwater System) and have gotten it to dissolve. I have a couple of questions:

1) Should I add chlorine to get the levels up to help the SWG?
2) When should I add the CYA?
3) When opening a new pool for the first time, should I SLAM the pool?
3b) If I SLAM a pool, when is the chlorine level safe to swim in?

The pool manual had no direction on when to add the CYA, and I don't know if I should be adding it until after I get the chlorine levels situated?

Thank you so much for your help!


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Bronze Supporter
May 3, 2014
Laughlin, NV
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Welcome to the forum!
FC at or below SLAM level FC based on your CYA is safe to swim in.
I suggest you read ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry.
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