I hard plumbed my intex ultra frame with a through wall skimmer and two returns (I have a second port for vac that I have not plumbed to the pump yet). The 1/2 hp 2100 GPH pump is not taking care of circulation well. I have a dead zone that collects dirt, grass and leaves that becomes an ignition point for algea if I don't get the bot in the pool every 2-3 days. SWG runtime in this Texas sun is 12h/per day right now, 8h for the shoulder months. Time to upgrade!
Before you ask, I have done the standard eyeballs angled down (4 o'clock), 3/4 pipe with dual 45 degree elbows, pointing one down at 45 degree and underwater by 12 inches, the other just down at 45 degrees.
I read the thread by jeffchap (link) with interest but the Pro is a 1hp single speed, no timer so I'll need to wire one up (or home automation socket?).
We are considering a sunk in abg in a year or two when this Intex fails, likely nearly the same size. I know at that time, I would want a two speed pump for power savings, skimming more often, etc.
Doing the $200 marginal upgrade with just a timer added to it would buy some time. A two speed would likely need my power wired in, timer system, and perhaps new SWG.
Thought I would ask for opinions and any threads that apply.