We are going to be getting a 16x32 above ground pool this spring and had questions on filtration. The Intex pool comes with a sand filter. I have been doing some googling on this. Looks like the sand filter is the worst in filtering small particles ~30microns. I was wondering if anyone has put a cartridge filter AFTER the sand filter since the cartridge filter can go to ~10microns. I was thinking that if it is places after the sand then it would not get plugged up very quickly by the bigger particles and the water would be much clearer, especailly for night swimming.
Or am I just over thinking filtration here? I had an Intex 15' round pool with a cartige that I needed to clean weekly since it was getting clogged by the big stuff.
We live in Idaho and we need solar heating. I was wondering where is the best postion to place the heating coils are, with regards to before or after the filtration. The Sand filter comes with a Salt Water Generator incorporated in it. I know that the generators produce air bubbles, so my first thought is to have the heater before the filtration so it does not get air in it, but in most information sites, it says to place after the filtration station. I was also assuming that if it was after the filter and SWG the folw of the water would just push out the bubbles and would be of no concern. Just not sure which thinking on this is more correct.