We recently had a cement, inground pool installed in our yard. We live in Marathon in the Florida Keys and everything is very expensive here. So we decided to do the pool maintenance ourselves.

I have some questions:

1. We use salt to clean the water and not chlorine.
2. Can anyone give us some pointers on testing the water quality? We bought a bottle of Pool and spa test strips from Aqua Ace.
3. The instructions say to dip the test strip in the pool for 2 seconds with gentle back and forth motion. Then there is charts on back of bottle that display different results. This is very confusing to me. Can anyone explain?
4. We also bought a 40lb bag of salt.