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Thread: Which vacuum cleaner is best to clean algae on walls?

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    Apr 2015

    Which vacuum cleaner is best to clean algae on walls?

    I have a 3-10' deep gunite pool with rounded corners and vacuum port on the side. I need to keep my chlorine level low for medical reasons so I get a bit of algae that I need to manually sweep the walls and bottom regularly. I had a Hayward Navigator and it helped keep the bottom fairly clean, but it died and I replaced it with an Aquanaut 200. Although this unit may do ok picking up large leaves, it does next to nothing in sweeping or picking up sand or algae. I need something that actually disturbs the sand/algae before sucking it up. I was thinking about the Pentair Kreepy Krauly. Also their Great White has actual brushes, but reviews sound a bit sketchy on performance. The Barracuda sounded good but everyone I talk to says it's too complex and high maintenance.

    Can anyone make a recommendation for a low maintenance unit with ability to sweep sand and algae from bottom and sides?
    30k gallon pool w/spa. iAqualink IQ20-RS, Jandy All Button +Spa control, Pentair IntelliFloVS plus 1hp spa booster, Hayward Navigator poolvac.

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    Jul 2013
    Northern Howell, NJ

    Re: Which vacuum cleaner is best to clean algae on walls?

    I've had a Shark, a Polaris and a Robot (Dolphin). The Robot is far my favorite of all the cleaners. Polaris ok for picking up leaves. And the Shark was such garbage I sold it for 50 bucks on Craigslist.

    But nothing beats a good old brushing of the walls with a stainless steel brush in a gunite pool and then let the robot pick up what you brushed.
    25 + year pool owner. Current pool (going on 11th year) - 38K gallon in ground Gunite/White Plaster, Spillover Spa, Hayward Cartridge Filter, Hayward 450k BTU NG Heater, Hayward Goldline Aqua Logic control with T-Cell-15 Salt Water Cell, Dolphin Explorer.
    You Need: Bleach, a A Test Kit & a Bookmark to "Pool School". Now what's your question?

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