I didn't open my pool last year and I'm considering converting from Bromine to Chlorine.

StevePupel

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I'll get right to my questions with more explanation below if you've got the patience to read it ...

1) I didn't open my pool last year and I'm considering changing from bromine to chlorine. I understand the pool will behave like a bromine pool (which means I shouldn't add CYA and I should use the bromine target levels) until the bromine levels get low enough. How can I tell if the bromine levels are low enough?
2) If I buy a new dispenser (I need one anyway) and just start using chlorine, is this dangerous in any way? I presume not, but seems reasonable to ask.
3) The pool is very cloudy. I suspect there are still significant leaves in it. What's a smart course of action from here? I feel like I need to get 99.99% of the solids out, but at this point I can't see them.

Thanks! Here's my story:

I opened up the pool, added water, and my daughter added the opening chemicals I bought from the pool store. I think it included an algicide, stabilizer, and super chlorinator. There were three bottles, all about 32 ounces of stuff. The pool had some leaves on the bottom and algae spots. I was afraid if she added the chemicals I'd have a cloudy mess and I'd never be able to get the leaves out. Now I have a cloudy mess, and suspect (because I can't see the bottom of the pool) leaves in the bottom of the pool.

I do have a special net type of thing that attaches to a hose that catches leaves fairly well. Trouble is, without being able to see anything I think it'll be near impossible to get all of the solids out.

I've used bromine in the past. But I never opened the pool last year, and I have no bromine now. I'm considering using chlorine instead. I understand that bromine changes to bromide when it gets used up and turns back into bromine when chlorine is added.

I found this here: What you can do right away is stop using bromine tabs and start using chlorine to reactivate the bromine. You will still have a bromine pool, but it won't cost nearly as much. The key is that there is bromine in the water, so it will behave like a bromine pool and you should use the bromine target levels and not add CYA.

Eventually someday the bromine level will get low enough so you can start treating it like a chlorine pool, which means different target levels and less total chlorine added. But that will probably be a year to three years from now.

Thanks for your help!

Steve
 

mknauss

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Unless your water is prohibitively expensive, a full drain/refill or water exchange would get rid of the bromine. Otherwise, to my knowledge, it will be tough to manage.
 
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