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Thread: I'm lost - Green on my test strip for pH

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    I'm lost - Green on my test strip for pH

    Yes, already reading that you shouldn't use test strips... it's all I have til Saturday.



    So, you can see #2... it's pure green.

    These are Hth 6-way strips from Wal-Mart; I'm afraid to even use the spa until I figure this out.

    The strips have worked fine previously....I'm at a loss.

    <----new guy crying for help.

    ps - thanks for guides on site... happy to have found site also... lots of good info i didnt know

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    Re: I'm lost - Green on my test strip for pH

    Bromine system on indoor spa (this is in my basement)

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    Re: I'm lost - Green on my test strip for pH

    Welcome to TFP...depending on where you live TFtestkits.net (same owner of this forum) could get you a TF100 rather quickly. A taylor K2006 would be good too. The issue though is they are rarely available in local pool stores, even the larger chains, and when they are they are likely a return from internet orders.

    OK...in the mean time...do you have a walmart or HW store nearby? They sell those little Yellow OTO (total Chlorine) / Phenol Red drop based (PH) drop test block comparators for around $5-10. That would be a good double check on the PH...you are wise not to enter the spa, until you can confirm...but in case that is an extremly low PH, I would not wait till saturday to confirm.

    The Phenol red/yellow OTO test block looks like this
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    Re: I'm lost - Green on my test strip for pH

    I'm close to everything...i will pick one up today

    Thanks

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    more photos... a bit of a funk smell out of the spa this morn

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    Re: I'm lost - Green on my test strip for pH

    Your numbers are plausible except for the PH. I have no idea what green means on the PH test.
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    Re: I'm lost - Green on my test strip for pH

    Drain and restartfor now...gonna hace to scrub sides...found nice film on water line.

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    Re: I'm lost - Green on my test strip for pH

    It's your pool.... but I don't think I'd do anything as drastic as a full drain based on a test strip.

    Are you absolutely certain nothing strange has been added lately? No algaecides, no laundry detergent thinking it was borax?
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