Just wanted to add this, our pools just like the photo, year after year and the only chems
I have ever used in the pool is 3"tabs, Clorox and baking soda. the Clorox helps
me stretch out the smaller tab containers. so I don't have any left over at summer's
end, personally I think the 24 round would have been perfect for us, but were also
happy with the 18 as well, and especially the Hayward DE filter., I break it down end
of year and also break it down and clean it mid summer, it takes about 30 minutes
if you make sure the filter seal is not pinched and use lube on it, it will never leak and its
only 2 bolts to remove. just clean the filter fingers during a normal DE change. so that
way, it only adds about 15 min to everything. I usually do this around end of July.
The tabs are my lazy option I love them, I know it ups the CYA, but our pool is
open to the sun all day so the water evaporates every so often plus splash out , so the
CYA gets adjusted just by filling up once in a while, It maintains around on avg, 50-60, my
ph goes down due to rain, and tab use of course, but backing soda takes care of that very
quickly. the key is to keep the ph on the money and the chlorine will do its job economically.
I have never had to raise the ph level in any pool I had in my life, the tabs and rain constantly
knock it down automatically.
I shock the pool with around 182 oz jug Clorox, twice a month maybe more
depending on load. like a couple days ago my Son had about 12 people in it,
So I shocked it that night with a little over 200 oz. for example.
Last year when I closed the pool I packed the floater full of 3 "tabs left over
no winterizing chemicals at all, when I opened end of May it was crystal
clear under the cover, I swear, that's not BS.
I know I have a small 18 round pool, and the larger the size, the more maintenance
and expertise required, but for those out there, that might be thinking of getting a
18 round, its not that hard or expensive to maintain and its a lot of fun.