I have an Intex UltraFrame 18' round pool. Let me say for the record, that I love it. I'm using the pump/filter combo that came with the pool and I've coupled it to the Intex SWG. I love the SWG, but I'm not a fan of the pump and I hate the type "A" filters. They're expensive (Intex expecs you to replace them every two weeks, but I just hose mine off) and clog up far too quickly. I also have a "Wanda the Whale" pool cleaner. When there is adequate flow, she cleans really well, but with a 1500 gph pump and a clog prone filter, she can be problematic at times.
I'd like a better pump and filter. I love the idea of DE, but I'm not willing to spend the kind of money needed for DE. I've been looking at sand filters and I've heard if you use Zeolite that they come close to the DE filters anyways. (Please correct me if I'm wrong on this!) I found a Game SandPro 50 (1/2 hp, 2460 gph) at my local Leslie's and if I add a bag of Zeolite I can get out the door for $310. I'd like to know if anyone out there is running a GAME setup and what you think of it. I'd also like to hear from others, what are you guys running and why?
I should also note, that with a new pump, I plan on moving to a hard-plumbed system.
Thanks in advance guys!