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    Whats wrong with the water

    Neighbor has a custom hot tub and has had problems keeping the water nice.
    I finaly helped him to get it cleared up with some good shocking and Ph control.
    He called me a couple days ago and said the Ph was down a little bit, and I said that was normal when you use trichlor tabs in a floater, and told him to get a box of borax and that would bring it up, and then keep a close eye on it everyday. Today I went over and used the taylor 2005 test kit and got something weird. The fc test looked good for a few seconds and then the purple just vanished to clear. So I did the cc test and the water in the tube turned a brown rusty color.
    what the keck is going on. Ph was right on 7.5 but I couldn't even get the alkalinity test to show up right. HELP!!
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    Re: Whats wrong with the water

    Hi I have some questions...

    Is this the FAS-DPD test? If so, how many scoops of powder did you add?

    Or is the DPD chlorine test from the K-2005 kit?

    What did you use to shock the pool and how much did you add?

    How many gallons is the hot tub?
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    Re: Whats wrong with the water

    The K-2005 uses the DPD drops.
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    Re: Whats wrong with the water

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulR
    The K-2005 uses the DPD drops.
    --paulr
    Having never used this particular test, is it likely to "bleach out" or react strangely if the FC is thru the roof? He mentioned the TA test being odd too...
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    Re: Whats wrong with the water

    FC is very high. You witnessed classic DPD colof flash and bleachout.
    I bet the TA test was blue instead of green and turned yellow instead of red.

    Trichlor is not o good choice for a hot tub because it dissolves too fast in hot water.

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    Re: Whats wrong with the water

    Thanks for confirming that Evan.

    How many gallons is the hottub? You may be better off just draining it and starting over with fresh water.
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    Re: Whats wrong with the water

    He might have use MPS to shock the water with, would that cause it to do that?
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    Re: Whats wrong with the water

    What realy concernes me is that the cc test turned brown..
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    Re: Whats wrong with the water

    I thought I read MPS registers as high CCs..that could explain the brown, couldn't it?
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