The FROG Serene Floating Sanitizing System is an excellent alternative to regular sanitizing methods. It uses both minerals and bromine to kill bacteria in the water resulting in the use of 50% less bromine than traditional sanitization. Bromine dissolves more slowly in the water than chlorine and produces less odors. It is also less affected by swings in pH levels. Using the FROG Serene Floating Sanitizing System Results in softer water and less water maintenance.
To begin, water should be at least 85 degrees Fahrenheit. When adding chemicals into the tub, dilute them first in at least 1 gallon of water directly from the hot tub. When solution is fully diluted, pour into the hot tub with jets on high. Chemical granules that are allowed to settle at the bottom of the tub will damage and stain the acrylic.
1.) Fill your hot tub up with your garden hose. Remove the filters and place the hose directly in the filter housing. This will help prevent an airlocked pump. An air lock is the restriction or stoppage of water flow caused by air being trapped in the pipe system. An airlock will prevent the pump from operating.
a. Depending on the water quality in your area, you may need to use a pre-filter. Bring in a water sample to determine if a pre-filter is needed.
b. Well water mineral levels may vary. Bring in a water sample to determine what extra steps may be necessary to get started.
2.) Mix 1 bottle of the Amerse Metal & Stain Control into at least 1 gallon of hot tub water and dilute. With jets on high, pour this solution into the hot tub. This removes excess magnesium and iron that causes bodies of water to turn cloudy and green.
3.) Remove one test strip from the FROG @ease Test Strip container and dip into your hot tub water. Remove and read immediately, basing the color off the range provided on the side of the tube. Each test strip reading is valid for up to 30 seconds after dipping the strip in water.
4.) Your Calcium level should be between 150 to 200 ppm. While the jets are still on add ½ oz. of Amerse Calcium Increaser to increase the hardness level 7 ppm. Continue to add until you reach the optimum Calcium Hardness level.
5.) Test the pH and alkalinity range. Your pH should be between 7.2 and 7.8. Alkalinity should be between 80 to 120 ppm.
a. If the pH and Alkalinity level is too high, above 7.8 and above 120 ppm, add ¼ oz or 1 ½ teaspoons of Amerse pH & Alkalinity Down. Let jets run for 30 minutes and test with test strip again. Repeat the process if the pH and Alkalinity continues to be too high.
b. If the pH level is too low, below 7.2 and below 80 ppm, add 1 oz or 2 tablespoons of pH and Alkalinity Down. Let jets run for 2 hours and retest with test strip again. If the pH and Alkalinity level continues to test too low, repeat the process.
c. Note: If your pH level is within the optimum range and your Alkalinity level is still low, you can use a separate product that will raise the Alkalinity level alone.
6.) Add the FROG Jump Start packet. Use 1 packet for every 600 gallons.
7.) Set the Blue FROG Serene Mineral Cartridge to setting number 6. No further adjustments are necessary for the life of the cartridge.
8.) Set the Yellow FROG Serene Bromine Cartridge to the setting according to your tub:
a. 200 Gallons | Setting #0
b. 250 Gallons | Setting #1
c. 300 Gallons | Setting #1
d. 350 Gallons | Setting #2
e. 400 Gallons | Setting #3
f. 450 Gallons | Setting #4
g. 500 Gallons | Setting #5
h. 550 Gallons | Setting #5
i. 600 Gallons | Setting #6
9.) Place both cartridges in green cartridge holder and place in tub
10.) For one week test the water daily with Frog Test Strips to ensure the range of bromine levels are 1.0 to 2.0 ppm. Adjust setting on bromine cartridge 1 setting per day until optimum bromine levels are reached.
11.) FROG Serene Mineral Cartridge should be replaced every 4 weeks. Replacement of the FROG Serene Bromine Cartridge depends on the size of the tub but is typically changed every 2 weeks.