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Thread: Which sand for Triton II?

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    Which sand for Triton II?

    I'm changing the sand in my Triton II and I'm struggling to find sand which meets the requirements from the owners manual:

    * Sand to be No. 20 standard silica (uniformity coefficient not greater than 1.75) .018-.020 in diameter particle size.
    Home Depot/Lowes sells 'Quikrete' which appears outside of that range "US Sieve Size 20-40, Particle size (0.85-0.425 mm)"
    Leslie's only seems to sell Zeolite

    Any suggestions what to do? Do I really need to worry about this?

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    19k IG Pebble Tec, SWG Hayward Aqua Rite, Pentair Triton II Sand Filter, 3HP EVSS3-NS Motor, Tempe AZ

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    Re: Which sand for Triton II?

    I just found the Aqua Quarts #20 at Ace's which is $12 for 50lb. More expensive than Quikrete ($7) but appears to be what the manual is asking for...
    19k IG Pebble Tec, SWG Hayward Aqua Rite, Pentair Triton II Sand Filter, 3HP EVSS3-NS Motor, Tempe AZ

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    Re: Which sand for Triton II?

    I read a review somewhere that the quikrete pool sand was not graded correctly for pool sand. That could have been an isolated local problem as that stuff is probably manufactured and bagged regionally.
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    Re: Which sand for Triton II?

    You should use #20 play sand. The Quickcrete brand wasn't effective at al I got that at Lowes.

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    Re: Which sand for Triton II?

    DO NOT USE PLAY SAND!!!!! GO WITHOUT BEFORE USING IT!!

    I sure hope you heard that. Play sand is NOT made the same as pool filter sand. We had a cloudy pool go for months before it was found to have play sand in the filter.

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    I PM'd tetlee. I sure hope they get the message before they fill their filter with the wrong stuff!!
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    Re: Which sand for Triton II?

    You want the correct grade of sand for the filter. #20 silica sand is the standard for sand filters. Play sand is usually not labeled by grade and it is best to just avoid it. Quickcrete bags labeled as pool sand have performed inconsistently by reports on our forum. Why that is the case we don't know, but for that reason I would look for a different brand of pool filter sand if there is one available.
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    Re: Which sand for Triton II?

    Since the OP is in Tempe AZ, maybe a short drive to Corson's A&M or NPS would result in a better grade of sand for the pool filter. Both should have it in stock or can get enough within a day - Call them first for price and stock on hand.
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