you definitely need to follow the proven TFP ways. You need to get yourself a good test kit to start with.Latest update.
I have followed the guidelines from the forum
I lowered PH to 7.4 and this also lowered TA to 80
I added Chlorine to bring FC to 3
CYA is about 50 but my test strip is not that accurate it seems.
SWG is working and producing Chlorine.
I think the main reasons I was having problems was staying in the guidelines of the test strip. Which conflicts what TFP people say.. So im following TFP now ..