Hello, I'm Tom, and I just finished a complete overhaul. My set up is as follows:
- 21000 gal, 36' kidney shaped pool
-Mediterranean blue plaster finish
- EP 6 EcoPump two speed pump
- Pentair Triton II TR 60 3.14 sq ft. Sand filter running zeosand
- SpectraLight SL-500 Ultraviolet system
- Polaris 280 pool cleaner
- G.E. 15087 mechanical D.P.D.T. timer box
-RayPak 2100 pool heater.
Plaster was done May 31st- I used a service for the break-in. Went live with the EP6 and the SpectraLight 21 June. Water clarity took several weeks to clear- I don't think zeosand is all its said to be. ( ZeoBrite Extreme is my next experiment.)
As for the EP6 and the SpectraLight, they are both made by the same company. The manufacturer claims the pump is the most efficient made, and the Spectralight allows for a REDUCTION in chlorine levels, as well as the elimination of algaecide, and a greatly decreased shock schedule. With the pump on low speed, ( 53 decibels at 3 ft.) The Spectralight and the pump run continuously, switching to high speed 2 hours a night for the Polaris to clean. Thus far, the experiment is working; I am running my Chlorine at about .5 ppm, while my pH is about 7.6. The water temp is set at 83 F. Clarity is excellent. Electricity use is WAY down. Noise is gone- I cannot hear the pump from poolside. Running it 24/7, I get 3 turnovers a day at about 40 gpm.
Plan to use the BBB method to simplify things further. Next question- Liquidator, or SWCG? ( My floating chlorine puck thing got lodged on my brand new plaster top step, and now I have a black stain. Not happy about that..)