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    Aqualoon Filter Balls

    Has anyone used these instead of sand in their sand filter?
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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    Have never heard of them and there are no reviews.........would be interesting to see if they would be willing to help you with the price for them to do a review on their site to them.

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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    I was just about to post about this!! My pool guy insists it is far better than sand, and that's what we're going to start out with in our new sand filter. I can barely find them anywhere online and I sure would love some reassurance.
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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    I'm sorry, this is nothing but a product looking for a problem IMHO. Sand has been around for millions of years and unless you use something else silly in the water to actually damage it, sand will last forever. The only people who say you should replace sand on a regular basis are the folks who sell sand of sell the replacement service.

    They claim "longer life", but how do you have anything longer than forever?

    They claim "Polyethylene is a 100% recyclable material, which means that AQUALOON has added an ecological aspect to its technology", so again we are going to replace a 100% natural product with a petrochemical product?

    They claim "Easy disposal, non toxic" which tells me they want you to replace it on a regular basis. Yearly, every other year? Who knows, they don't have anything in their advertising.
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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    So you want to fill your sand filter with pillow stuffing in a fancy package.

    Will it work? Yes it will work as a filter, Polyethylene has been used as a filter media for many years in many different forms
    Does it have the same particle size retention? They claim retention down to 1 micron, Sand is effective down to ~40 micron
    Will backwashing be effective to clean the media? At first yes but over time the fill will compress and become harder to backwash which will lead to the need to replace the media.
    Does it last longer than sand? No not even close.
    Is it better than sand or will it have better performance than sand? It depends on how you spin the numbers. Cost wise it looks to be reasonable at ~25USD for the equivalent of 50lbs of sand.

    It looks like a neat product that promises a lot. I'm doubtful that it will live up to all its claims. Let us know how your experience goes.
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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    I would definitely stick with the sand. Many thousands of people here are successful using sand in their sand filters.
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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    Appreciate the opinions, all!
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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    Hey everyone! I just wanted to post an update, 3 months later...

    Long story short: GREAT filtering from the Aqualoon! Now I can only compare it to cartridge filters; it's been a dream in comparison.

    Tons of use, construction in the neighborhood (so dust, dust and dust)... and my pressure gauge didn't budge for the first six weeks or so, and my water was LOVELY.

    It finally inched up a bit, and I tried to backwash... Here's the thing. I don't know if my filter is crappy at backwashing, or if it was the Aqualoon, but when I backwashed (you're supposed to go until the water is 'clear').... the water was clear the whole time. I'm new at this, so I shrugged and let it go.

    By 4 weeks later, my pressure was barely higher, but the pool was also not as clear, and dirt, etc was accumulating in the corners making me believe the circulation was deteriorating. Sure enough, the return jet seemed a bit sluggish.

    Anyway, tonight I just opened the filter (I'm kicking myself I didn't take pictures). The Aqualoon was grey and swimming in murky gray water.... but they were still fluffy, not compacted. I fished some out, easily rinsed them clean back to like-new whiteness.

    Hmm.

    So I dumped them ALL out, rinsed them all by hand with a hose, and put the unit back together. Essentially, I manually backwashed them.

    WOW!

    So my conclusion is: Aqualoon does a GREAT job of filtering, but either it doesn't backwash well.... or my filter is crappy at backwashing. I suspect the latter.
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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    You put them in the filter in place of the sand.
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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    Eeesh, scary stuff. I know how clogged a skimmer sock gets, I can only imagine these things being polluted with algae and or pollen. No way a backwash will clean them off. They would need a good amount of pressure and water. Yet another company trying to reinvent the wheel. A wheel (sand) that does an adequate job, never wears out and if it needs to be replaced won't ruin the environment or pollute our landfills.

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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    Hi,

    Started using aqualoon also in my filter. Filters great, but indeed, backwashing does not work properly. It is a brand new filter, and only clear water is coming out when i do a backwash. I also open my filter and clean them by hand by rinsing them with the hose. And they were really dirty. I do have a lot of micro biological stuff in my water, and with sand it took me always over three weeks to get clean water, now, after a couple of days, it was almost clear already. But nowhere to find a link to the firm making them, so I could ask about the backwash stuff. So by now, I will do it by hand.

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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    Quote Originally Posted by JohanDW View Post
    Hi,

    Started using aqualoon also in my filter. Filters great, but indeed, backwashing does not work properly. It is a brand new filter, and only clear water is coming out when i do a backwash. I also open my filter and clean them by hand by rinsing them with the hose. And they were really dirty. I do have a lot of micro biological stuff in my water, and with sand it took me always over three weeks to get clean water, now, after a couple of days, it was almost clear already. But nowhere to find a link to the firm making them, so I could ask about the backwash stuff. So by now, I will do it by hand.
    I just watched a video on youtube that shows them in a laundry bag being placed into a washing machine. Do the directions mention this?
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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

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    I just watched a video on youtube that shows them in a laundry bag being placed into a washing machine. Do the directions mention this?
    Just came across these yesterday. Love the idea of more effectively filtering the small particles. Hate the idea of cleaning them by hand and backwashing being useless!

    Any new experience or feedback from the manufacturer?
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    Re: Aqualoon Filter Balls

    Quote Originally Posted by Jcgage0 View Post
    Just came across these yesterday. Love the idea of more effectively filtering the small particles. Hate the idea of cleaning them by hand and backwashing being useless!

    Any new experience or feedback from the manufacturer?
    I never had a problem with my sand filter keeping the pool sparkling clear with just pool sand. Twice a year or so I would just polish the water by using a little DE to filter the really small stuff.

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    I just don't understand the idea of switching out the sand, that never has to be changed to something that you need to take out and run through the washing machine and then also replace very 4 or so years.

    Not very Trouble Free in my book.
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