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    What's a decent vacuum for smaller pump?

    Hi,
    I have always used the water hose vacuum "splasher vac" but am ready to get something that doesn't add more water to the pool. I have a 1000/gph Intex pump. What vacuum can I get? I've read mixed reviews on both the intex vacuum for smaller pools and the skooba small pool vac.

    Thanks!
    Laura

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    Re: What's a decent vacuum for smaller pump?

    I am not aware of any suction side vacuums that would work well with that pump.
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    Re: What's a decent vacuum for smaller pump?

    Haha! That's encouraging!

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    Re: What's a decent vacuum for smaller pump?

    Unfortunately, the cartridge pumps that intex packages with their pools are not very good. The sand filters however are not bad and can be used with a suction side vacuum. I am not sure about the 2500 cartridge filter, but I think I have read that people have had some success with suction side vacuums and that one, though I still would not recommend it as a filter.
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    Re: What's a decent vacuum for smaller pump?

    Quote Originally Posted by linen
    I am not aware of any suction side vacuums that would work well with that pump.


    I have experience that confirms it with nearly twice that pump. It just isn't enough to run one well, so it's still manual vac for me.
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    Re: What's a decent vacuum for smaller pump?

    Oh, well...the hose it is, then.

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    Re: What's a decent vacuum for smaller pump?

    We had the same problem with our pool, Pro Series 18x52. It came with a skimmer plate, hose, head, and pole; however it wasn't strong enough to pick up the debris. We went to the pool store, and any vacuum that would work for us was in the $399+ range. I just bought the splash vac they had at Wally World and that was extremely frustrating to say the least. We just bought an Intex 2,600 gph pump off Ebay for $169 (with free shipping) and no problems, we hook up the hose and done in addition to having a much better filter system and all the money we were throwing away!
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