I have never been able to figure out why we get sand in the pool. Lots of sand. We had bought a sand filter for the smaller intex pool before we eventually upgraded to the 18' x 52". I thought maybe it was the sand at first, so I removed the sand, inspected the fingers and found nothing wrong with them. I went to the pool store and got the sand this time. Followed all instructions and when I started it up, blowing sand again.
I finally got mad and got out the smaller sand filter (brand new) that came with the 18' pool. I have had the exact same issue with it. During the week when we were busy, the sand would settle on the bottom of the pool and started growing algae, the brownish colored kind. Its a real pain in the butt.
So after a week of hi chlorine, multiple vacuums and brushing the pool every day it has cleaned up pretty well. But, I have determined that if I leave the pump on 24/7 I get very little sand. It when I stop and start it that it blows a lot of sand in... So, I decided to start over with a better quality pump/filter combination. I can't deal with this again next year. This is the pump/filter I found at what seems to be a decent price.
and I also planned to add the skimmer as well.
I wanted something that had more power and also easier to vacuum the pool. Hopefully managing the pool will be easier next year.
The Mrs is also interested in adding a salt water generator to the setup. What are your thoughts on that, and which model would you suggest from the Intex line of generators?
Thanks for any information!