The automatic vacuum that came with the pool in our "new" house does a decent job, but won't stay in the shallow end, and brushing the debris from there to the deeper end is a pain and doesn't work very well. I think my solution will be to use the Zodiac for most of the pool, then a manual vacuum for the shallow end and steps. I'm looking for recommendations. I've seen a few that will attach to the skimmer pole, are independent of the pool systems, and run on a rechargeable battery. That seems like the ideal, but I'd like to hear what others have to say. I've seen vacuum heads that attach to tubes and the skimmer pole, but I don't know if they would fit on the tubes I have for my Zodiac.