I need to know if I really understand Bromine. Can somebody check me out?
1. My "Bromine" spa is really a "Sodium Bromate" tablet-dissolving, 450 gallon pool, of 101-104 degree chemicals, mainly H2O, with a bunch of other stuff dissolved in it. Some good. Some bad. I don't put Bromine in it. I put Sodium Bromate in it.
2. Sodium Bromate, somehow, is buffered Chlorine. What that means, I don't know. But, Bromine is supposed to be more stable in hot water than Chlorine and needs less attention. You don't have to babysit Bromine daily like you do Chlorine. I'm away from my spa for a week. Bromine is a better choice.
3. Bromine, the element Br-, is kinda nasty. So, instead, I use Sodium Bromate. The Sodium Bromate (tablets) spend their life dissolving in my spa. Where they go, and what they become, I'm not positive, but I'll guess they let go of each other and find different things to combine with--my only real concern is the Bromine finding the bad guys, like algae, and sticking to them so they die. Sodium Bromate, loosely referred to as Bromine, is my sanitizer. It kills stuff. It's my hired gun.
4. Then, once a week, I'm supposed to toss in Chlorine to "shock" my spa. Yes, Chlorine goes in a Bromine spa. I'm still in denial on that one. I could use non-chlorine shock, but it contains other stuff that affects the water chemistry.
6. Chlorine "shock" is my Oxidizer. I must "oxidize" the spa in order to make the dead things that the bromine killed big enough for the filters to catch. If I don't "shock", then all the dead things just circulate through the pumps and filters and my water turns cloudy and stinky. It might be "safe" and measure correctly on my tests, but it's like swimming with the dead. Cloudy and stinky, but nobody can hurt me. Like my spa is right now, because I didn't know I had to shock weekly.
7. The bromine from the sodium bromate "kills" bad things by joining with it to make it into something that isn't bad--something that won't grow in my spa. As the bromine "kills" stuff, it is then "stuck" to the dead and useless to me. So, I need a "reserve" of bromine floating around looking for bad stuff to attach to and "kill".
8. I release the bad stuff from my bromine with the chlorine shock, called oxidizing, which somehow lets the bromine let go of the dead thing it killed so it can find something alive to kill. The chlorine gets the rotten job of taking the dead things that the bromine killed to the filters where they are too big to pass and they get stuck. Since they get stuck in the filters, the water turns clear and the stink goes away. Or not. I'm not sure if I am getting "used" bromine back when shocking. Maybe the whole mess, bromine, chlorine, and the dead thing all go to the filter to get stuck.
9. I could use a mineral stick inside one of my filters to supplement my Bromine system, but it has to be designed for a Bromine system. There's only one I'm aware of...
10. If I used a mineral stick designed for Bromine, it is doing some sanitizing, which saves the Bromine from doing all the work, so I can use less Bromine.
11. If I use less Bromine, I won't stink for hours afterwards and my skin won't dry up and make my hands useless to the touch.
12. I don't want a bromine container bobbing around my spa, so I put the bromine tablets in the filter area to dissolve.
13. I don't want any other contraption floating around my spa, so I put the mineral stick designed for bromine inside one of the filters.
14. Mineral stick spas, with the stick in the filter, don't need a 24 hour pump. Or, they do need a 24 hour pump. I don't know if I have a 24 hour pump.
2007 Artesian Island Spa, 450 gallon, Bahama 52, 2-pump, Serial 75777, Build date 2/27/2007.
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