New to site and a spa noob. Lets start by saying this site is welll appreciated and enjoy learning from the experience of others.
Other than this site, I haven't found anyone locally that really seems to know spas. It seems like everyone has a different opinion on how to properly sanitize and their opinion correlates to the directions of the product they are trying to sell me, but not their experience.
I have read the chlorine article by Nitro and can attest to the method of reducing TA as of last night when I changed and refilled my spa because of an overreaction to high combined chlorine, which caused CYA thru the roof.lol No worries, the learning part is fun as long as no one gets itchy or sick. Without knowing, I had allowed my free chlorine to get to 0 for too long. Since then, I have purchased a Taylor kit, read everything I could, and feel that I have a decent grasp on water balance and sanitization. I haven't figured out what saturation has to do with it all yet or that dial that came with the kit, but will find something to read on it when I get the chance.
My Spa: is a 485 gallon Master Spa with ozonator and 24 hour recirc.
Usage:We are starting out as weekend warriors in the spa with exception to my son getting in several times a week after hockey.
I would really like to use the dichlor/bleach method, however there are times that I travel a lot and would struggle to keep the FC up during non-use. I noticed that chem geek has posted several times that the combination of ozonator and low use may make this method too much maintenance.
Now to the question,
Is it possible to be a hybrid,
1 add borates to balance ph
2 use dichlor or 1" trichlor floater until CYA gets to (X)
3 then use clorox on heavy use or when I am available to check and maintain FC every day.
3 go back to dichlor or 1" trichlor floater when the spa will sit for traveling / vacations etc.
4 Side note, do you still shock with oxidizer with this method or can you still.
I figured, since I had just refilled and balanced, this might be a good time to develop a strategy this time.
I have a feeling that my responses will be to go to bromine, but I don't like the smell of it.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.