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    Vacuum suggestions

    Hi there. I have a 15x48 intex ultra frame pool. I recently battled some algae (which I believe is finally dead!) and am now faced with the dead gray crud all over the bottom of my pool. I only have the vaccum that hooks up to your garden hose and the mesh bag doesn't get the dust. I replaced the bag with a pillow case and thought I got it all, but I was wrong. Since we are planning on keeping with this pool for a while, I want to invest in a vacuum that can hook up to the pump (1000gph). Any suggestions? Thanks!
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    In-ground 18x36 concrete pool
    Built: Spring 2007
    Sand Filter
    Salt Water Generator (T-Cell 15)
    Goldline Aqua Plus Control

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    Phoenix, AZ (East Valley)
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    Re: Vacuum suggestions

    I recommend the Hayward Wanda/Aquabug/Diver Dave automatic cleaner/vac. It works ok with a 1000 gph pump but even better when I upgraded to the Intex sand filter. Prepare to keep flushing your small filter because it will get choked up with the vacs sucking up everything.

    I got mine off Amazon for about $100 with free 2-day Prime shipping

    Phoenix, AZ east valley area
    • Intex 16' x 48" Frame AGP (5000 gal)

    • Intex 2650 GPH Sand Filter

    • Floaty Type Chlorinator

    • Intex frame-mount skimmer

    • Hayward Wanda the Whale Cleaner

    • EcoSaver Solar Pool Heater



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    Re: Vacuum suggestions

    This one don't hook up to the pump but they work great it is called the pool blaster catfish ultra they are battery operated and come with a charger and is a self contained vac, I have one I use on my 18x52 intex ultra frame pool. They sell for 99 dollars at menards......great investment.....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: Vacuum suggestions

    I just looked up the pool blaster on amazon and it got good reviews! Do you think it will it trap the fine dead algae and particles, though, that I'm having the issues with?

    Thanks for the suggestions!
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    In-ground 18x36 concrete pool
    Built: Spring 2007
    Sand Filter
    Salt Water Generator (T-Cell 15)
    Goldline Aqua Plus Control

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    Re: Vacuum suggestions

    it comes with 2 fine mesh bags that go inside the debris bag and mine catches everything i love it 2nd best investment i made on my pool a good test kit wass the first......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: Vacuum suggestions

    I second the hayward diver dan. It's a floor cleaner only, wont do much for your walls. with a 3/4 hp pool pump it runs great, uses your pool filter, mine's spotless, run it once or twice a week. once you get things clean I recommend borax to prevent algae and funk.
    When the only tool you have is a hammer everything starts looking like a nail.
    Doughboy 16x24 "Aboveground Inground" in progress...

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    Re: Vacuum suggestions

    Tried Wanda the Whale twice, and both times it worked great. I'm not sure how it is with a smaller pump (I have a 1.5 hp) but I think it would be good. Check ebay, because I got mine for $67 (including shipping) on there.
    John
    7 year old ~13,500 gal 24' AGP with 1.5 hp Proline pump, 150 sqft Pleatco cartridge, filled with well water with pH of about 4.5.
    Wanda the Whale pool vacuum, home made heater, Taylor K-2006
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    Re: Vacuum suggestions

    I have an intex 15x42 and own both the vacuum and aquabug. I find that the blaster is more labor intensive vs the aquabug. I run the 2500 gph pump and the aquabug does a fantastic job. If I had to purchase one or the other my vote for the aquabug.

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