Hello, there. I am a new pool owner. We have an Intex Easy Set 15'x48" pool. We've had the pool for about a month and everything has been fine. I'm probably borderline OCD about keeping the debris out and usually cover every night and so far our water has stayed nice and clear. My question is concerning pH testing. I started out using a basic HTH test kit but then realized it did not test for FC, so I've also started using Aquatech 7 Way test strips along with the kit. For all of the tests, except pH, the two test methods are agreement. However, when it comes to pH, the test kit always seems to read higher than the strip. For instance, my strips have consistently been showing a shade that's seems very close to 6.8, or at least in between 6.8 and 7.2. The kit has consistently shown a shade that matches the 7.5 color mark, or possibly a hair lighter, but definitely not as light as the next color mark down, which is 7.2. My alkalinity was dead on the first couple weeks but has started to rise and currently is testing at about 100. Since the recommendation is to lower pH and aerate, I'm not sure what to do since I don't know which test method is giving me the most accurate pH reading. So, I was wondering if some of you more experienced pool owners could chime in on which test method usually yields the most accurate results in regards to pH (kit vs strip)? At this point in the season, I don't really want to invest in a more expensive test kit. So far, I have just figured my pH was probably somewhere between the two and left it alone. I'm having to add about between 8-12oz daily of 10% bleach to keep my FC levels up...not sure if that is in line with what to expect or an indication that my pH levels are such that the chlorine is not working effectively. The pool is in full sun from about 11a-3p, so I would expect to have to add some chlorine daily. Any thoughts would be appreciated!!