First, I'm a pool newbie - just had it installed 7 days ago and trying to learn from Pool School and everywhere else! I'm sorry for not posting my intro yet in the proper thread.
Pool is above ground, outdoor, 24' round, vinyl liner, about 15000 gallons, cartridge filter, 2Hp pump with hi/lo setting (Waterways). It is located in a spot that should have sun all day unless it is raining ; )
We've had a hot tub for 11 years and use bromine in it. We understand the importance of testing the water, but are learning more from your site every day.
10yr old daughter has very sensitive skin. Hasn't had an issue in our hot tub, but did have severe case of contact dermatitis after swimming at a public pool. Took literally 12mo of seeing the dermatologist and trying different prescription creams to resolve it for her. I gather from various posts & people we've talked to that the public pool chemistry maybe harsher than what we'd do in our new pool. Also, to be fair, of course I didn't take water samples from the pool and CSI the case to prove that it was their pool water that caused her issue.
My question is - can we use bromine in the pool? I understand it is more expensive. I understand that pool chemistry is key no matter what even if we use "regular" chlorine or SWG or BBB. What I don't understand yet is if the bromine will be broken down so much by sun that we'll be throwing too much money at it. Or, worse, will we have to put so much bromine in that it will be more of an irritant than a properly maintained chlorine pool. But we know that she has never had a reaction to bromine in our hot tub. And, frankly, it would be nice to have the same test kits and products to add to our 2 separate water bodies.
If it matters, we are in New England, and expect to have the pool open for about 16wks a year.
Looking forward to input, experiences, etc. Would prefer not to hear the "chlorine works best" message because I've gotten that message loud and clear in all the posts I've read. But I also read that the EPA has approved bromine as a sanitizing agent so I'm just trying to learn more about whether I can go that route for an outdoor pool : )