Is there ever a day (or 2) when you don't have to do anything?


Apr 28, 2016
millington, NJ
Very new to this. Pool got installed last week, filled it up. And being the mean parent I am, wouldn't let anyone touch the water until I got everything looking really good.

Right now:
FC 4.5 (same as yesterday, and the day before)
CC <0.5 (saying less than because the solution barely turns a tinge of color and takes less than opening the next reagent to clear it up).
TA - 70
CYA - 30
PH 7.5

Pool temp - 89 (no idea how that happened)

Water is so clear and actually soft to be in, almost like it is a SWG pool.

With results looking good, do you (or should you) add a little little chlorine for good measure? With 3 days of use, I added a cup of bleach 2 days ago, but everything is maintaining.



Gold Supporter
Silver Supporter
Nov 7, 2018
Oklahoma City, OK
I would recommend testing at least FC and PH daily for a couple of weeks until you start "feeling" out your pool. After a while, you will be able to really see what it needs and your testing may only need to be every few days. Currently, I will check the FC/PH every 3 days and do a full test every couple of weeks. If we get a LOT of rain and/or a LOT of usage (with a lot of people), I will run the full test the day after the madness is done. TFP doesn't really go by the "a cup of chlorine here and there" method..instead use the app (web based or iOS/Android app) to figure out EXACTLY what you need to add and when.
  • Like
Reactions: Wobblerlorri

Jeff J.

Well-known member
Aug 6, 2019
Staten Island NY
I try to do the OTO and PH test every day. I do the others once per week. I don't add chlorine every day. Since I put borates in, the chlorine seems to hold longer (and the PH is very stable, staying between 7.5 and 7.6). I love the pool since I added salt and borates!


Bronze Supporter
Jun 1, 2018
Hernando, Ms
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Intex Krystal Clear
Welcome to tfp! Great job on getting a good test kit @ the start!
Did u add alot of chlorine when you filled ?
You may be riding that down. Definitely test & add lc daily for a while to get a feel for how much it uses per day. You want to target the higher fc for your cya in the FC/CYA Chart for each dose. In your case that’s 6 - otherwise a sunny day & alot of swimmers could tank your levels & put u @ the minimum.


TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 6, 2010
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
Many days I just dump the usual amount of bleach in without testing. That's as close as it comes to doing nothing. Except in winter. My pool isn't closed, but it's too cold to swim in and I'm too cheap to heat it so it often goes 4 or 5 days without anything being done.
Thread Status
Hello , There was no answer in this thread for more than 60 days.
It can take a long time to get an up-to-date response or contact with relevant users.