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    Upgrading to a larger pool. Need opinions

    Purchased our Intex Easy Set 18X48 pool along with the Intex Krystal clear saltwater system. We knew this purchase would let us learn the curves of pool maintenance.Also bought the TF100 test kit.This forum was such a great help!!

    Looking at upgrading to a larger above ground pool.(Taking down the Intex was SO MUCH WORK) Any opinions from forum members who have purchased from Great Escape would be appreciated.

    We are looking at purchasing an Evolution 52 X 18 with 100,000BTU heater, 2.5 hayward pump,maintenance kit.Included with the quote is a Zodiac Vision Pro system(Nature 2). Not going with that. Will use the BBB method. Any input would be appreciated.
    18 x 54 Sharkline Matrix pool. 7800 gallons.
    Pentair Optiflo 1 1/2 HP 2 speed pump
    Pentair Clean and Clear 150 Sq Ft cartridge filter
    Hayward H100ID Heater. Purchased all from Poolsupplyworld. TF-100 TEST KIT

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    Re: Upgrading to a larger pool. Need opinions

    If "2.5 hayward pump" means a 2.5 HP pump, then I strongly recommend getting a smaller pump. As a general rule pool kits come with pumps that are too large and filters that are too small. Ideally you want a small (perhaps 1 HP) two speed pump and a larger than usual filter. Larger pumps cost more to operate and provide little benefit. A two speed pump lets you run on low speed most of the time to save money and still have high speed available if you need it (say for vacuuming the pool).
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    Re: Upgrading to a larger pool. Need opinions

    Just looked at quote. It is a 2HP 2 speed with a large filter (150 swimpro element?)
    18 x 54 Sharkline Matrix pool. 7800 gallons.
    Pentair Optiflo 1 1/2 HP 2 speed pump
    Pentair Clean and Clear 150 Sq Ft cartridge filter
    Hayward H100ID Heater. Purchased all from Poolsupplyworld. TF-100 TEST KIT

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    Re: Upgrading to a larger pool. Need opinions

    No replies? Will do more homework on above ground pool options
    18 x 54 Sharkline Matrix pool. 7800 gallons.
    Pentair Optiflo 1 1/2 HP 2 speed pump
    Pentair Clean and Clear 150 Sq Ft cartridge filter
    Hayward H100ID Heater. Purchased all from Poolsupplyworld. TF-100 TEST KIT

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    Re: Upgrading to a larger pool. Need opinions

    I 2nd the 2 stage pump option. I run mine 24 hours a day on low and it costs like $25 or less a month on electric. Personally I like my cartridge filter but thats just me.

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    Re: Upgrading to a larger pool. Need opinions

    An 18' pool can be run with a 1/2 hp pump easily. The only reason for anything larger is if you want a auto vac. Really a 1hp pump on an 18' will make it a whirlpool.
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