Hi guys, I've tried and tried on my own, but I think it's time to ask for advice. I can't seem to keep my bromine levels up. I use bromine tablets 1" (Bromochloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin|65% bromine, 29% chlorine) in a in-line feeder by Pentair. I have the settings for bromine set on max (5) and usually fill the entire feeder with tablets (I make sure the air is removed and water is slightly overflowing before I re-cap. I used an entire 4lb canister of bromide when I fresh filled.
During the day, my chlorine levels read 0. During the night, my chlorine/BR levels read only 1. The only way I can increase it is to add calcium hypochlorite I have, but it doesn't last long.
I was wondering if anyone knows what could be happening. I understand bromine can't be kept during the day, but it refuses to rise on tablets even late in the night. Am I using the wrong type of tablets? Should I switch to another bromine tablet, or maybe even trichlor I have?
My chemistry: 7.8 PH, 0 BR, 40 Alk, 200 CH, 0 CYA. 8000 Gallons, jets and pump on 24/7.
A week ago, I shocked my pool with calcium 3 times a day and had 8-10 BR level, but my PH tested extremely high (~9.0/10.0), while my alkalinity was really low (~20). I stopped shocking with calcium and tried to rely on tablets, ph is back to normal, alk is lowered, but no BR/CL.