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    New Build - Extra Water Feature Pump

    I recently found this site and have learned a lot while browsing through all the posts and articles. I thought this would be the perfect place to help with my decision.

    We are currently in the planning stages of our pool (waiting for permits). We have all the details nailed down, except one. So I am hoping you all can help me make up my mind.

    The pool will be 38' long, 20' wide in the shallow end (3.5'), and 16' wide in the deep end (9'). It will be about 29,000 gallons. The water features are a 16'-20' (ok I haven't decided everything) weeping wall, and two bubblers in the tanning ledge.

    I am hoping to have a variable speed pump (timing may allow us to get the new Hayward EcoStar). Now here is what I keep going back and forth on. I think I would like to have the variable speed pump run everything. That way I can adjust the flow of the water features by adjusting the speed of the pump with the remote. I also think this pump will have enough output to provide a decent amount of water flow to the water features. Also, I believe this will be better on my electric bill. The PB, however, would like to install a separate Tristar 1.5Hp pump to run the water features. His reasoning is, that will allow the main pump to continue directing water to the returns while the water features are running in order to keep the water circulating properly. His other concern is, not having any experience with this particular pump, he is not sure it will provide enough flow. My argument is that the water features will not be running all the time and the 2-4 hours a day they may be running won't have that much of a negative effect on circulation. My other option is to install a separate two-speed pump so I can have some control over the flow of the water features.

    My PB will install whichever I choose. I would just like more opinions on 1) Would the variable speed pump have enough flow to run the water features, and 2) Would I be better off running the water features off a separate pump?

    Thanks
    24K gal, QuartzScapes plaster, Hayward EcoStar 2 hp variable speed pump, Hayward 525sqft SWIMCLEAR cartridge filter, Hayward Aqua Rite SWG, Polaris 280 pool cleaner with Hayward booster pump, Hayward 1.5 hp Tristar pump for water features, Aqualogic PS-4 controller with wireless desktop remote.

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    Re: New Build - Extra Water Feature Pump

    Will you have a spa also? That will also have some bearing if you are.

    While I am never a fan of a pump doing "double duty", a variable speed pump could do all of your items. If it were mine, I would still not go that route however, and would put the variable speed pump on the pool and put a dedicated pump to the water feature(s). That way you could have total control over everything at any given time, and you wouldn't have to worry about compromising anything.

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    Re: New Build - Extra Water Feature Pump

    Nope, no spa. That sounds pretty much like what the PB was saying. Do most people just adjust the flow to water features manually? I was trying to be lazy and do with a remote.
    24K gal, QuartzScapes plaster, Hayward EcoStar 2 hp variable speed pump, Hayward 525sqft SWIMCLEAR cartridge filter, Hayward Aqua Rite SWG, Polaris 280 pool cleaner with Hayward booster pump, Hayward 1.5 hp Tristar pump for water features, Aqualogic PS-4 controller with wireless desktop remote.

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    Re: New Build - Extra Water Feature Pump

    Yup, ball valve(s). Usually you will find a spot you like it at and leave it, but it is easy to change if you decide. The auto valves aren't really made to do that.

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