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Thread: Cartridge vs DE

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    Cartridge vs DE

    I though I should put this in a new thread. I am having to replace my cartridge filter assembly after springing a leak. A friend of mine was over yesterday and told me that after changing from a cartridge to a DE filter, they experienced much clearer water. I'm sure this topic has probably been covered at length, with pros and cons, but I am not having much luck finding a search string that works. Can anyone offer their experience or links to some applicable threads?


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    Re: Cartridge vs DE

    DE filters finer than a cartridge which filters finer than sand, but most of the time you can't tell a difference. The one instance where you can is in front of the pool light at night. You'll see less particles with a DE filter than any other type.
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    Re: Cartridge vs DE

    I couldn't decide, so I got a Pentair Quad DE, which is both... It's a cartridge filter that uses DE. ... rs-139.htm
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