When we put the pool in during the summer, we ran the pump 24/7 for the first four months. Water chemistry and everything were great.
We put up a leaf net tent for mid-Oct to mid-Dec and cut back pump to about 10 hrs/day. No problems at all.
I've since cut pump back now to about 7 hrs/day and everything is still great, other than the near daily pool vacuuming needed because of spring debris (but that's another topic I'm researching on the cleaners forum 8) )
So how long do people usually run their pumps? Is six enough....12 overkill? 24/7 needed in summer? or is it the standard consultant answer....."it depends....."