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    Spa help....

    Ok, here is the situation! We bought a Caldera spa - Niagara model. I'm going to write out everything that I did so there is a clear picture of whats what.

    It was hooked up on Friday and filled that same morning. I took my water sample in, they gave me all my chemicals to balance the water. So I following their instructions which were :
    2 cap fulls of Metal Guard
    4 cap fulls of Non- Chlorine shock ( Brand name Spa Magic )
    2 tsp Bromine Granular
    Run the clean cycle
    Add 1 capfull of PH Down ( water test showed slightly high PH)
    Run the clean cycle again
    Test with strip
    The strip comes back with low bromine ( didn't seem to register on the strip at all, and I'm told to add an extra tsp of granular bromine and I"ll be good to go).

    That night my son takes a look and says he thinks it has a green tinge to it, I didn't see it, we use the spa, and when done for the night added 2 tsp of bromine granular. The following morning the water is green but clear.

    I email the spa guy and he says its algae so to do the 4 cap fulls of shock and 2 tsp of bromine again. Says I should see an improvement in a couple of hours and to test a little more often to make sure the bromine is at good levels and to shock once a day to clear up the algae. So I do this. Since we're out and about and near the spa place I bring in a sample just to be sure. Water lab test comes back with 40ppm bromine, and my water is still sporting a lovely St Patricks Day green colour. My test strips aren't showing anything still although perhaps it was bleached by the high levels. ( As an aside I did a little experiment just to see if perhaps the test strips weren't working and dissolved 1/2 tsp of bromine into half a cup of water, the test strip came back as dark purple..so I don't know )

    The spa people tell me to drain the pool as those high levels of bromine may damage the shell. So, ok I drain it, wipe it out fill with new water, follow the same start up chemical process as before. Water looks great!

    Because I"m paranoid, I take a sample in the next day ( yesterday ) just to be sure before I add bromine and to grab new test strips figuring the others were crappy. Water test comes back, shows .75 ppm for bromine and PH a litle high..everything else is great. They gave me a different brand of shock to use as well as the other was a new product they started carrying.

    I go home, take a new test strip and test the spa water before I treat it and the test strip reads high bromine. And to add insult to injury the water is green again. So I email spa guy and tell him the strip is showing high bromine but I haven't added any since the day before and its turning green again. So he advises to just shock it ( 2 cap fulls ) and skip the bromine for now if the strips are showing high levels. So I do this. They are now thinking its high mineral levels turning the water green and advise to take the mineral cartridge out. So I do.

    I went back today with a water sample and both brands of test strips. They run 2 separate water tests which come back with consistent readings of 1 ppm of bromine give or take,I have them do the test strips there out of the same water sample but my strips show high levels 10-20ppm. They even opened a new package of strips and got the same result again.

    They gave me metal remover, which could take a couple of days to work and advised to just use the 2 tsp of bromine daily assuming the spa is also used daily.

    Sorry this was so long, but I wanted to be clear about whats going on. I'd be grateful for any thoughts or suggestions?? So far this spa is not very
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    Re: Spa help....

    Ahh-some plumbing and jet cleaner. You've got stuff growing in your lines somewhere that the bromine is struggling to wipe out. This stuff works and you'll be amazed how much gunk you'll remove.

    Amazon.com : Ahh-Some Hot Tub/Jetted Bath Plumbing Jet Cleaner (2 oz) : Bathroom Cleaners : Office Products


    15000 gal in-ground rectangular concrete/pebble-tech pool. Hot Springs Prodigy 325 gal spa.

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    Re: Spa help....

    Then read up on simply using 6% bleach and a good test kit. It's SO easy once things are clean and balanced.


    15000 gal in-ground rectangular concrete/pebble-tech pool. Hot Springs Prodigy 325 gal spa.

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    Re: Spa help....

    Here is how we've been maintaining our tub for years. Easy and works great! How do I use Chlorine in my Spa (or pool)?
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    Re: Spa help....

    Quote Originally Posted by floridarandy View Post
    Ahh-some plumbing and jet cleaner. You've got stuff growing in your lines somewhere that the bromine is struggling to wipe out. This stuff works and you'll be amazed how much gunk you'll remove.

    Amazon.com : Ahh-Some Hot Tub/Jetted Bath Plumbing Jet Cleaner (2 oz) : Bathroom Cleaners : Office Products


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    Thanks so much for taking the time to read all that! I'll check those out.

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    I"ll definitely be reading that! Thank you.

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    So after reading the advice here yesterday I started going through my paper work from the spa store. One sheet was the stores recommended chemical start up procedure and another sheet was the hand written instructions the spa guy gave me. When I compared to the two the numbers for bromine were way off!

    The hand written instruction advised 2 tsp of bromine to start, and the stores instructions were half a cup of bromine for each 1000L, my tub is about 1900L ( about 500 gallons ) So the advice we were given was to us was .5% of bromine than what the store itself recommended. So little wonder we didn't kill off the algae, nowhere near enough bromine!


    So last night after my reading and researching, I adjusted my chemicals closer to what the store recommended and woke to a beautiful non green spa

    I think we got a faulty water lab reading of 40 ppm because if I didn't even put in the recommended amount of bromine to begin with I can't imagine exceeding ideal levels let alone achieving that high level. And had it been 40 ppm I'm pretty sure the algae couldn't survive.

    Anyhow..so far so good, spa is looking lovely. I'm so glad I found this forum, lots of great advice here!

    Thanks!

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