So we are now in a home that came with a hot tub outside on the cement porch. It's a Tiger Spas Sumatran model. I got a flyer in the mail addressed to the previous owners from a local spa store. I went into the spa store to get some water tests done, from the well & afterour water softener, and talk to them about starting it up.
Well, I found out the previous owners also purchased the hot tub from them and it has an ozonator in it.
The tub is currently empty and the shell looks fairly clean when checked under the cover. I had been reading about bromine on here because of a friend & his success with bromine, but the spa store had a different recommendation.
The spa store recommended a set of various items for start up which included a Fresh Water brand Continuous Silver Ion Sanitizer cartridge that goes in the middle of the filter and then an non-chlorine shock product and a chlorine shock product. My understanding of what they were stating is that that the mineral cartridge & ozonator serve as the continuous sanitizer and the non-chlorine & chlorine products for a after soak type sanitizer/weekly shock.
My gut feeling was not too good that an ozonator and mineral cartridge were enough to keep things clean but wanted to ask the knowledge of this forum for an opinion.
They also recommended Silk Balance. Some initial search on TFP and I did not find many hits so I'm still on the hunt for info on this one. Update: This post by chem geek refers to silk balance and gives some explanation and also seems to describe what the spas store was recommending.http://www.silkbalance.com/customer-...e-bottle-19799Some variants of the system use Nature2 with MPS to minimize the amount of chlorine that is needed, dosing with chlorine about once a week and using MPS after soaks (the Nature2 provides silver ions).
So think of the product as an add-on to an existing regimen of either chlorine or Nature2/MPS.....
They had some test strips picked out asll well but I'm already committed to ordering Taylor kit, the Taylor K-2006 if I go the Bromine route.
I'd appreciate any feedback on the above and other things I might check and do before starting up the spa.