Another newbie here, although I feel I've learned alot already, just browsing thru the posts. Anyway, I'm wondering if such a thing as over-filtering is a possibility. It seems unlikely, but what better place to ask?
For background, we bought and installed an Intex metal leg kiddie pool. It's 16' x 48" so it holds around 5000 gallons. The pump that comes with these pools is rated at 800 gph. I was thinking of buying a more powerful (or higher flow rate) pump, when by brother offered to give me his older sand filter/pump combo.
It is only a few years old, so I gladly accepted. (He has a much larger above ground pool.)
So I'm using the used sand filter/pump combo now. The pump is 1.5 hp (I don't have any flow specs, but it is a Hayward) and the sand filter holds 250 lbs of sand, and says it's a "high flow rate" model.
We've had the pool up for a little over a week, and everything seems great so far. But I guess I'm wondering if turning over the water so frequently (I usually run the pump for 4 hours at night, and another 4 during the day) could cause any negatives, such as helping the chlorine to leave the water faster, things like that.
I'm not so worried about the electrical usage, as long as I keep the water nice and clear. In the Clint Eastwood western Unforgiven, there's a scene where one guy is loading up several guns before an anticipated shootout - when asked about it, he says "I don't want to die for a lack of shooting back" - that's kind of what my thinking is right now on filtering the water!