Q. How does the FLOATRON work?
A. As atoms of the FLOATRON's special mineral electrode are ionised, they scatter throughout the water. These ions exert a lethal influence on microscopic life forms. Experimentation by the University of Arizona proves that mineral ions, in conjunction with trace chlorine are 1,000 times more effective against algae than chlorine alone. Once these minerals are dissolved into water, they remain for extended periods. Similar to salt in the ocean, ions do not evaporate, even under extreme, hot conditions. Chlorine, however, is a very light element which tends to evaporate rapidly, especially in hot weather. This being the reason for larger chlorine doses in summer.
Q. What is Ionisation?
A. Ionisation is the taking apart of a material, atom by atom. This process occurs in nature at all levels and is how water accumulates trace minerals which help maintain its purity. Water purification by ionisation has been practised for thousands of years. By storing water in copper and silver containers, ancient Romans kept it fresh and free from algae and bacteria. With the FLOATRON, a small electrical current supplied by a solar panel energises the electrodes creating the electrochemical reaction.
Q. What is wrong with chlorine?
A. Chlorine, whilst it can be effective, evaporates out of water quickly & requires constant replenishment to maintain a protective concentration. Sydney won the Olympic bid with the promise of a "chlorine-free" Games. As a result, the Homebush Aquatic Centre (the Olympic swimming venue) has had ozone systems installed (expensive to install and costly to run) just so the athletes will not swim in heavily chlorinated water. Chlorine and its effects are proving similar to DDT and Asbestos, which were also initially thought to be harmless.
Q. Are the minerals from FLOATRON safe?
A. The recommended concentration is about 1/3 the amount allowed by the American EPA for drinking water. Essentially, safe enough to drink!
Q. What is the life of the FLOATRON?
A. This product is designed to last about 10-15 years. The sacrificial mineral electrode can be replaced as many times as necessary over the years.
Q. Does the FLOATRON stay in the water all the time?
A. For pools over 50,000 litres and/or conditions which necessitate adding new water due to excessive evaporation, float the unit full time in the pool. Use the mineral ion test kit to determine floating times for pools under 40,000 litres. Swimming with FLOATRON in the water is perfectly safe. It only measures 1 foot in diameter, so goes virtually unnoticed in your pool. You choose whether to tether it, or let it free-float.
Q. What if my pool is covered?
A. Simply fold back a corner, or cut a small cross to sit the electrode through. The Floatron works the same, whether it is stationary, or floating around.
Q. Is any chlorine necessary after ionising the water?
A. A trace amount, (0.2-0.4 ppm - barely detectable on a chlorine test kit) should be maintained to burn off contaminants such as dust, suntan oil, body fluids, etc.
Q. Will other chemicals, such as algaecide, clarifier, stabiliser, etc. be necessary? Also will shock treatment be required?
A. No other chemicals are recommended, and your pool will not need to be "shocked". The FLOATRON works best with trace chlorine only. pH becomes very stable, and we recommend testing every couple of months. It is recommended to get a full test done every so often for calcium hardness, TDS etc (we like to do ours before the swimming season) to monitor levels and adjust if necessary.
Q. Do I still need to add chlorine every day?
A. No. Once a week, or if you notice the pool beginning to cloud, add some chlorine. An easy way to maintain the trace chlorine is to leave one or two tablets in the skimmer basket.
Q. Is FLOATRON safe for ponds and fish?
A. The FLOATRON works well in a pond environment provided circulation exists to mix the ions thorough the body of water. The low concentration of minerals has proven to be completely compatible with all well known varieties of fish.
Q. How does FLOATRON compare to other ionisers?
A. FLOATRON is a finely tuned device which introduces ions slowly and steadily into the water. This constant trickle allows water to accept and react completely with the minerals. This is technically superior to any other ioniser in the world, all of which generate large amounts of mineral ions in a short period of time. Not only are these expensive units overpowered and bulky, they require professional installation and servicing. Additionally, complex electronic controllers can add to their unreliability and cost. Compactness and portability are unique to FLOATRON.
Q. Why aren't there FLOATRON in every pool store?
A. A lot of myth surrounds ionisers, FLOATRON included. Since ionisers drastically reduce chemical sales, and incur a one-off cost, most pool stores are reluctant to stock them. If an ioniser is ever recommended, usually it is a very costly system... the motive being profit. FLOATRON is not your average, run of the mill ioniser. It is the least expensive, most effective ioniser available in the world.
Q. Will FLOATRON work in my SALTWATER pool?
A. Yes! The FLOATRON is totally compatible with "salt" pools. In fact, the most effective way to operate the FLOATRON in conjunction with your salt chlorinator is to reduce the salt chlorinator operating time by half as soon as your pool has achieved a level of .2PPM copper, as indicated by the FLOATRON test kit. When the optimum operating level of the FLOATRON has been achieved (ie .3 to .5PPM of copper), reduce the salt chlorinator operating time by half again. Adjust the salt chlorinator operating time up or down to maintain a chlorine level of .3 to .5PPM in the pool - water clarity being your guide. Refer to switching off chlorinator, below.
Q. Is there any chlorine in a "salt pool"?
A. Yes! There is as much chlorine present as there would be in a normal pool. A salt chlorinator is simply a means for making chlorine!
Q. Can I switch my salt chlorinator off altogether when I begin to use my FLOATRON?
A. Yes! However, chlorine levels should be maintained until 0.3ppm copper is achieved, then the chlorine levels can be reduced. You will need to maintain a trace amount of chlorine (0.2-0.4 ppm) to burn off" the contaminants (such as suntan lotion, body fluids etc.) that can cause your pool water to appear cloudy. Whilst your water clarity is good, you need not use an oxidiser.