Before I found this site, I did a mustard algae treatment on my pool using sodium bromide. I added a total of 24 ounces of granular 99% sodium bromide in two dose (12 oz) 12 hours apart then shocked with cal hypo 1 lb after each dose. Both the pool store and the company, Poolife, tell me it does not convert my pool to a bromine pool.
However, Chemgeek and other knowledgeable experts on this site inform me that is not true. I trust this site and Chemgeek.
So i have a few questions.
1) I have read here that the chlorine I have been using is converting the bromine and the only way to get rid of it is to drain the pool. I have also read that the bromine will eventually go away, especially in full sunlight. I am confused, which is it?
2) how do I test to know whether or not I really DO have bromine in the pool. My Taylor 2006 will test for both chlorine and bromine but does not tell you which it is. I am assuming that I need to first confirm there IS bromine in the pool.
3) if I do indeed have bromine, what does this mean as far as balancing my water? Should I be adding bleach? What level should I keep the bromine at? Am I also testing for FC/CC.?
4) how can these pool chemical manufacturers get away with no warning on the labels that you are converting your pool to bromine? Isn't this a safety issue if I think I'm maintaining a free chlorine level that is actually a total bromine level, which is entirely different for sanitation purposes?
heres my current test results:
FC 5.5 or if it's bromine 11
I do not want a bromine pool! Does this mean I need to drain and refill?
Thanks for all your help, as always, love TFPC and appreciate your time and expertise.