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Thread: Bromine = Baquacil?

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    Bromine = Baquacil?

    Is Bromine basically the same as Baquacil?

    If so then just follow the same procedures for conversion to chlorine?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Bromine = Baquacil?

    No. Baquacil is biguanide. You really can't convert from bromine.
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    Re: Bromine = Baquacil?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    No. Baquacil is biguanide. You really can't convert from bromine.
    So there is no conversion short of draining the pool?

    Our pool was drained about 1/2 of the 25,000 gallons this winter. So I can't believe the concentration of Bromine is very high.

    Is there any other alternatives?

    What would be the worst that would happen if I tried the conversion?

    Just looking for alternatives to the pricey bromine chemicals.
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    Re: Bromine = Baquacil?

    Switching from bromine does require a complete water replacement. Trying a baqua conversion would simply have no effect (other than to waste chlorine). Bromine does not need to be expensive. Once you have an appropriate bromide level you can simply use chlorine to reactivate it back to bromine. You will use somewhat more chlorine than you would without the bromine, but you don't need to buy any expensive chemicals other than recharging the bromide bank once or twice a season.
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    Re: Bromine = Baquacil?

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    Switching from bromine does require a complete water replacement. Trying a baqua conversion would simply have no effect (other than to waste chlorine). Bromine does not need to be expensive. Once you have an appropriate bromide level you can simply use chlorine to reactivate it back to bromine. You will use somewhat more chlorine than you would without the bromine, but you don't need to buy any expensive chemicals other than recharging the bromide bank once or twice a season.
    So I should continue with the bromine tablets and use chlorine as a booster/shocker when needed to raise the levels appropriately?
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    Re: Bromine = Baquacil?

    You can probably cut way back on the number of bromine tablets you use and use chlorine day to day to reactivate your existing bromide reserve to maintain your bromine level. You will still need to use the occasional tablet to make up for bromide lost to splash out or backwashing, but for the most part you can use chlorine.
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    Re: Bromine = Baquacil?

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    You can probably cut way back on the number of bromine tablets you use and use chlorine day to day to reactivate your existing bromide reserve to maintain your bromine level. You will still need to use the occasional tablet to make up for bromide lost to splash out or backwashing, but for the most part you can use chlorine.
    Thank you sir!!
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