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Thread: 2 - 6 hour cycles or 3 - 4 hour cycles a day?

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    2 - 6 hour cycles or 3 - 4 hour cycles a day?

    I figure my 1HP pump should be able to cycle all my water in 3-4 hours. Right now I have it on a 6 on/6 off cycle, so twice a day it runs for 6 hours. (6AM to noon, and 6PM to midnight.)

    Would I be better served by going 3 - 4 hour shifts? (6-10AM, 2-6 PM, 10PM-2AM)
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    Re: 2 - 6 hour cycles or 3 - 4 hour cycles a day?

    Let us know how much direct sun is on your pool and at what times of the day. Is it partially shaded for instance. Here in Texas, my pool has full sun till 5 p.m. and I run the pump from 9:30 a.m. till 6:30 p.m.
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    Re: 2 - 6 hour cycles or 3 - 4 hour cycles a day?

    As woody stated, depending on conditions, somepools require more filtration, but if you are getting a turn over in 3-4 hours, 2 3-4 hr cycles may be enough.
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    Re: 2 - 6 hour cycles or 3 - 4 hour cycles a day?

    I get pretty good sun during the day. My backyard is to the south of the house. There is a line of trees further south (about 10-15 ft) behind the pool, no trees east or west of it.
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