Hello all, Im new to the hot tub world here. I've got a 500 gallon tub that I use Bromine in. I've had it for 3 months, still cannot get the strong smell to go away. I just drained the water and refilled. I've read both articles on Water Balance and using Bromine on the sticky tabs. I put in a packet of HTH Brom Start and was trying to put in a half packet next and it all fell in. I then put in 2 cups of bleach like the directions stated to. I also tested TA and was around 240(on a test strip, my Taylor kit got here today), the Ph was 7.8 and CH was 0. I put in the amount of Calcium Up the bottle said to, and on the TA the Pool Math said to lower the Ph to 7 and the TA would come down, so i added the instructed amount of Ph down. I aerated during all of this. I have no floater or tabs in the water yet. I still have a strong smell(chlorine like, but assuming Bromine). I got the Taylor kit today and the Bromine is coming in at about 35 still. This seems to be throwing off all the other measurements. On the strips I was showing a CH of around 200, and a TA of 0. With the drop kit Im still showing a TA of 0 and not showing any CH at all. Ph on the strip appears to be around a 6.8 but just turns purple in the other kit. This is what Im thinking, so please tell me if Im wrong...
1. I put in way too much Bromine. How do i get it to go down if so?
2. testing the other 3 things is useless until I get the Br down? Should I go with the strip for now and try to raise Ph or wait for the Bromine to go down?
My tub doesnt get much use, about three-4 nights a week with 2 people for 20-30 min. and sometimes the kid will get in with friends for an hour or so.
Gotta get this thing going again. Thanks in advance for the help..