What are the electrical requirements for an Aries Spa?
- Aries Spas requires 220 volt, 50amp., dedicated GFCI circuit breaker and 6-3 wire with ground which might vary depending on length of run or other unforeseen factors. We ask that you or your electrician run the line out to the future location of the spa and then leave an additional 10 or more feet of slack to facilitate the connections. Aries Spas will make the connection at the spa only if GFCI service and adequate wire are provided.
Do I need to install a GFCI breaker for my spa?
- It depends. If your spa was ordered prior to August 2007, the Aries Spa comes complete with a built-in GFCI breaker. If you add another one, your spa may not run properly. If your spa was ordered after August 2007, your electrician will need to install a GFCI breaker for your spa.
Does my spa need to sit on a concrete pad?
- It is essential that your spa rest on a solid, fairly level foundation. A concrete pad is excellent, as is a well-constructed wooden deck or wooden and concrete sub-frame (see "What is a subframe" below). A foundation of hollowstone blocks or stepping stones is not sufficient, as the intense weight of a water-filled spa will push the center-most stones into the ground, causing stress on your spa and its frame.
What is a subframe?
- A subframe is a little pier-and-beam foundation. The piers are concreted into the ground, and the beams are attached to the piers, giving uniform support. A 2' x 2' concrete pad is poured in the center to help take the weight of the spa.
How many gallons of water does my spa hold?
- The amount of water your spa holds will vary according to how high you keep your water level. The following are approximates:
- Grand Bahama: 700 gallons/2650 litres
- Canyon Lake: 600 gallons/2270 litres
- Monte Carlo, Montego Bay, Del Mar: 550 gallons/2082 litres
- Coronado, Key Largo, Galveston: 500 gallons/1893 litres
- Mystic Bay, Martinique, Freeport: 450 gallons/1700 litres
- Catalina, New Orleans, Aries Clover: 375 gallons/1420 litres
- Roman Double, Tropic Isle, Santa Cruz: 300 gallons/1135 litres
- Rum Cay, Bikini: 250 gallons/945 litres
I have an ozonator but sometimes add bromine. Why does my bromine test strip always show that I have no bromine in my water?
- Your ozonator cleanses the water with ultra-violet rays, which quickly deplete your water of bromine. You can use a shock treatment to quickly raise your bromine count as a sanitizing aid, if needed.
How do I clean my filter?
- To understand the basics of removing the filter cartridge, please refer to your owner's manual. To cleanse loose dirt and debris from your filter cartridge, remove it from the filter housing and hose it off.
When a more thorough cleansing is needed, as when the cartridge has become imbedded with lotions or body oils, you can put the filter on the top rack of your dishwasher (no dishes in this load, please) and run it through a cycle with no detergent. Make sure your heat-drying feature is turned off, as this would warp the cartridge.
Occasionally, it may be necessary to soak your filter cartridge in a solution of filter cleaner (available from Aries), diluted according to directions or swimming pool acid, diluted 10 parts water, 1 part acid. Many spa ownes purchase a spare cartridge, so that they can soak one while the other is in the spa.
How often should I drain my spa?
- Aries recommends draining and cleaning your spa once or twice a year, unless there is a specific reason to drain it more frequently.
How do I keep my spa's acrylic finish looking beautiful?
- Just wipe with a mild detergent, such as Dawn® dishwashing liquid. Do not use any abrasives on your spa's acrylic finish. Don't use excessive detergent on your cloth or you may have quite a bubblebath-effect when you next use your jet pumps.