Are you using the right test strip for your water care system? In most instances, if you are getting an extremely low or off-the-chart high reading, it could be because you’ve got the wrong test strip – using the wrong test strip can lead to inaccurate or misleading results.

Serene® is a low-volume bromine system used in conjunction with the inline system for certain Marquis hot tubs. This means that 1-2 ppm (parts per million) is the optimum reading for a Serene® water care system. Standard bromine test strips do not begin registering until 2 ppm. Because the system is low volume, the sanitizer may not register on a standard test strip.  This means you should always test the Serene® system with a Frog® bromine test strip.

@ease with SmartChlor™ chlorine is made up of two molecules, one of which remains in reserve in the water until needed, when it then converts to usable chlorine. SmartChlor™ has its very own test strip because there are two molecules of chlorine in the system, therefore if you use a standard chlorine test strip the reading will be abnormally high. Always use an @ease test strip with the @ease system.

A 6-in-1 test strip is the most commonly used test strip for testing water. If you are using granular chlorine or Marquis®1-Step Brominating Granules, you’’ need to properly balance the water and test for either bromine or chlorine. However, a 6-in-1 test strip cannot read accurately if used with Serene® or @ease with SmartChlor™.

Have questions? Want to learn more about what system is best for your Marquis® hot tub? Head on over to your local Marquis Dealer!