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    1600gph Intex w/sand filter happiness

    I couldn't be happier with the new pump and filter.

    For this 15'x 48" Intex pool, it's plenty and then some to circulate the water.

    How do I know?

    Well, first off the skimmer pump with a carpy spun fiber cartridge runs for over a week without needing to be cleaned. And then, it's not dirty but full of bugs and hair only. The sand filter is getting it all. Happy dance!

    Secondly, the kids bumped the return eyeball so that it pointed the opposite direction. I noticed this because despite the 1000gph skimmer running after being cleaned (i.e. full force) all the leaves on the surface were traveling in the opposite direction. The 1600gph pump completely overrode the 1000gph, turned the water on itself and made everything go the wrong direction. Even the pool toys were swirling counter clockwise.

    Third... water looks fabulous! Never better.

    I knew 1 Intex pump wasn't good enough, which is why we ran two of them. But dang, if I'm not realizing how ineffective even the two pumps were now.

    For anyone on the fence about getting a bigger pump and sand filter for an Intex... Jump off. Join the dark side with me. It's very effective!
    Where kids swim in 54 degree water, turn blue, and giggle happily cuz they got a POOL!
    Year 3 BBB -15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame - Was using (2) 1000gph Intex cartridge filters (see Full time pumping Intex). 2012, converted to 1600gph and sand filter+SWG = Sand filter love affair!
    Don't waste time and energy looking for a better value on test kits, the TF100 is the best deal around. I did the looking and spent the extra money, but you don't have to make the same mistake. Just go here: TFTestkits. I use Pool Calculator for min/max, and shocking chlorine levels.

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    Re: 1600gph Intex w/sand filter happiness

    Intex makes a fine product, but the performance of that little Intex cart filter no doubt pales in comparison to the larger aftermarket one that you have installed. Has to be much easier to run that pool now.

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    Re: 1600gph Intex w/sand filter happiness

    Come to the darkside. We have cookies.

    I agree- even on a 14x42 inflatable ring, 2 intex style cartridge pump/filters couldn't keep up- and I still couldn't vacuum. Getting a big filter/pump combo at the *gulp* ..... *pool store* was one of the 2 best decisions I've made for our pools. When I set up the new 18x48 this year I didn't even consider using the pump that came with it. It's still in the shed. Never been wet or even plugged in.
    Intex Ultra Frame 18' X 48" 7600 +/- gallons
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    Leisure bay hot tub

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    Re: 1600gph Intex w/sand filter happiness

    My avatar image shows the condition of my water with two cartridge filters on the pool, running 24/7. One pulling from the bottom even. It worked... But I sure don't miss cleaning the cartridges every day! (still not sold on the SWG though). Haven't really had much sun in the past 10 days, or I might have taken a new image to boast with.

    I was going to take the cartridge out of the skimmer pump but when I saw the bugs and no real dirt or normal gunk on the cartridge I decided to keep it. It skims along just fine with it in, and I don't think those ants would even make it to the sand filter if I let them pass through the 1000gph anyway. If the new pump is really doing 1600gph, there's no way that little one was doing 1000gph in reality.

    While I respect Intex and their products I don't exactly get why they sell undersized pumps with these pools. One pump/filter can't do it well. Not the way I know it can be done (and prefer it).
    Where kids swim in 54 degree water, turn blue, and giggle happily cuz they got a POOL!
    Year 3 BBB -15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame - Was using (2) 1000gph Intex cartridge filters (see Full time pumping Intex). 2012, converted to 1600gph and sand filter+SWG = Sand filter love affair!
    Don't waste time and energy looking for a better value on test kits, the TF100 is the best deal around. I did the looking and spent the extra money, but you don't have to make the same mistake. Just go here: TFTestkits. I use Pool Calculator for min/max, and shocking chlorine levels.

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    Re: 1600gph Intex w/sand filter happiness

    Quote Originally Posted by Big_kid
    Come to the darkside. We have cookies.

    I agree- even on a 14x42 inflatable ring, 2 intex style cartridge pump/filters couldn't keep up- and I still couldn't vacuum. Getting a big filter/pump combo at the *gulp* ..... *pool store* was one of the 2 best decisions I've made for our pools. When I set up the new 18x48 this year I didn't even consider using the pump that came with it. It's still in the shed. Never been wet or even plugged in.
    Actually I like cookies...

    Are you skimming with the new filter? Do things drop to the bottom when the pump isn't running? That's my biggest fear, with the two old plum trees hovering over my pool. They're always dropping stuff.

    I've vacuumed twice since installing the new filter. I used to vacuum a couple times a week, even with the good filters in the pumps.
    Where kids swim in 54 degree water, turn blue, and giggle happily cuz they got a POOL!
    Year 3 BBB -15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame - Was using (2) 1000gph Intex cartridge filters (see Full time pumping Intex). 2012, converted to 1600gph and sand filter+SWG = Sand filter love affair!
    Don't waste time and energy looking for a better value on test kits, the TF100 is the best deal around. I did the looking and spent the extra money, but you don't have to make the same mistake. Just go here: TFTestkits. I use Pool Calculator for min/max, and shocking chlorine levels.

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    Re: 1600gph Intex w/sand filter happiness

    Yes, I'm skimming with the new filter when I'm not vacuuming up what settled to the bottom while it wasn't running. If I had time I'd go vacuum this morning before work. The dirt will still be there when I get home.
    Intex Ultra Frame 18' X 48" 7600 +/- gallons
    Columbia 50 LB sand filter/ HP pump, $$ WELL spent(2nd best thing bought for the pool)
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    Leisure bay hot tub

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    Re: 1600gph Intex w/sand filter happiness

    Quote Originally Posted by frogabog
    I knew 1 Intex pump wasn't good enough, which is why we ran two of them. But dang, if I'm not realizing how ineffective even the two pumps were now.
    You have now seen the light
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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