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    1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    Hello guys, I just bought a 18 x 48 intex ultra frame pool, and I want to buy a sand filter, but don't know which one would be the best option for this pool size.
    Im debating between the intex 1600 gph and 2650 gph.

    All comments and suggestions will be highly appreciated, thanks!
    13,500 gal. above ground/Hayward 1 HP pump/sand filter 25 GPM

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    I have a 18x52 Ultra Frame Intex pool....purchased the 1600 gph/14 inch Kyrstal Clear Sand Filter Pump from Amazon.com and it works great (purchased it for $138.99 while every place else was over $200). Water is crystal clear! I have been using it since Memorial Day weekend.
    18 x 52 Intex Ultra Frame
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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    The 2650 is definitely better, well worth it if you can afford it.
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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    I have the 1600 and it's very effective. Between it and pool school my water is invisible when it's still and sparkly when it's moving. When I'm vacuuming and when the pump is pushing water through the solar heaters I feel the results would be better had I purchased the bigger system. I hard plumbed everything and that makes a world of difference and maybe it's just the Tim Taylor in me but I feel like it needs to be more powerful. If I had it to do over again I'd get the bigger one. Just my two cents.
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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    I have the 18 foot round intex by 52 inch deep and have the 1600 gph sand filter and it works great the water is crystal clear but I'm getting ready to hard plumb it and add a through wall skimmer and a.fountain and am upgrading to a 2650 gph for the extra flow, but I am very pleased with the 1600 gph........Mike
    18x52 intex ultra frame pool 6981 gallons, 1 HP LL pump with 19 in sand filter,BBB method,borax 50ppm
    leslies DPD test kit + fas-dpd chlorine test kit + borates test strips
    thru wall skimmer,hard plumbed with 2 returns 1 1/2 sch 40 pvc
    1 large fountain 1 inch sch 40 pvc,shut off ball valves on all

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    RoseF what store did you buy your 1600 intex from?

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    I have 18'x52" - just replaced the "stock" filter/pump with the 2650 and would HIGHLY recommend to anybody looking for an upgrade.
    Found online for ~ $200 w/ free shipping.
    Pool: Intex AGP - Round 18' x 52"
    6981 gallon - per their documentation
    2650 GPH Sand Filter
    Intex Krystal Clear SWG

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    Thanks for the comments, I think Im going to go with the 2650, where would it be a good place to get it?
    thanks!
    13,500 gal. above ground/Hayward 1 HP pump/sand filter 25 GPM

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    Quote Originally Posted by poloelferoz
    Thanks for the comments, I think Im going to go with the 2650, where would it be a good place to get it?
    thanks!
    I got mine off of Amazon just a few weeks ago, great price, no tax for me here in CA and because I already had a prime membership I ordered it Friday night and had it Monday morning with free shipping!
    Intex 15'x48" Metal Frame Pool with a Hydrotools Wide Mount through wall skimmer installed. Intex 2650 Sand Filter and Intex SWG with copper plate unplugged.

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    Quote Originally Posted by lazygreg
    RoseF what store did you buy your 1600 intex from?
    I bought my 1600 from Amazon.com
    18 x 52 Intex Ultra Frame
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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    Quote Originally Posted by poloelferoz
    Thanks for the comments, I think Im going to go with the 2650, where would it be a good place to get it?
    thanks!
    I got mine @ vminnovations.com
    promo code FACEBOOK (all caps) got 5% off... not huge, but still 5% of $200 is good.
    Pool: Intex AGP - Round 18' x 52"
    6981 gallon - per their documentation
    2650 GPH Sand Filter
    Intex Krystal Clear SWG

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    FYI its 199 on ebay w/free shipping no tax.

    Do you know if any additional hardware is needed for the 15x48 easy set version?
    Thanks - John
    Pool: Sharkline Matrix 18 Round 54 Deep
    Pool Size: ~8200 Gallons
    Filter Type: Sand
    Pump: Intex 2650

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    Quote Originally Posted by burmjohn
    FYI its 199 on ebay w/free shipping no tax.

    Do you know if any additional hardware is needed for the 15x48 easy set version?
    If I recall correctly when I set mine up the hoses that came with it do not work out of the box with no mods to the pool. With such a big pump I cut out both of the existing "nipple" hose attachments on the pool and put in a real return as well as a through the wall skimmer. I can't remember if the return came with the 2650 or the skimmer tho sorry.

    Here is the skimmer I got off Amazon, I am impressed with it, both because it literally comes with everyting you need and then some as well as how it performs with the 2650.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0032J ... 01_s00_i00
    Intex 15'x48" Metal Frame Pool with a Hydrotools Wide Mount through wall skimmer installed. Intex 2650 Sand Filter and Intex SWG with copper plate unplugged.

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    I just ordered the 2650 for my 16x48. Maybe over kill... but I got it at a great price on Amazon. I had actually already upgraded my cartridge filter system to the 2500/gph and its been working great. I am just tired of dealing with the cartridges and I've only had it for a month.
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    Intex 2,650/gph Sand Filter/Pump
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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    Are you asking if bigger is better? Seems like a silly question. The larger filter will use more power or will you run it for less time?

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    You will love that 2650!
    Thanks - John
    Pool: Sharkline Matrix 18 Round 54 Deep
    Pool Size: ~8200 Gallons
    Filter Type: Sand
    Pump: Intex 2650

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    We installed a 16x48 intex in June and used the cartridge filter up until last week when the 2650 sand filter arrived. It may not always be true, but in this case "bigger is better!"
    Intex Ultra 16x48
    Intex 2650 Sand Filter
    Installed June 2, 2012

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    Yeah but I think they key is the filter matches the pump. Its a problem when the pump is bigger then what the filter calls for.
    Having a bigger filter/pump combo for a pool isn't a bad thing (except on your electric if you are running to long)
    Thanks - John
    Pool: Sharkline Matrix 18 Round 54 Deep
    Pool Size: ~8200 Gallons
    Filter Type: Sand
    Pump: Intex 2650

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    I'm debating whether or not purchase the intex 1600. I have the original pump with cartridge filter that came with my easyset 18x48 and I have no problem with water quality. My biggest problem is when it comes down to vaccuming the bottom of the pool, it just doesn't have enough suction.

    My question is, will i see a drastic difference even with the 1600 or should I opt for the 2650? The issue is that i'm from Canada and I can't find the 2650 anywhere here and shipping cost are just too extreme.

    Thanks.
    Intex Ultra Frame pool, 16' X 48", Intex SWG, Intex 2650 Sand Filter/Pump

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    Re: 1600 gph vs 2650 gph intex sand filter

    Did you check ebay?
    Thanks - John
    Pool: Sharkline Matrix 18 Round 54 Deep
    Pool Size: ~8200 Gallons
    Filter Type: Sand
    Pump: Intex 2650

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