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    Haven't even put the pool up and I want a bigger pump!

    Hi, all! For the last week, I've been reading Pool School and poring over everyone's posts to educate myself before I even set up our Intex 15'x48" pool. (I'm scared!!) I have my BBB's all ready to go, I just need a few more things... Oh, and I'm slated to receive my Taylor K2006 in a couple of days; in the meantime I have a Walmart hth 6-way.

    My question is, has anyone EVER just used the pump that the Intex pools come with? It sounds like everyone upgrades to the larger sand filters right away. My hubby is a wait-and-see kind of guy, but I'm a do-it-right-the-first-time kind of girl. (Plus, I'm the one setting it all up!)

    Thank you!
    -Haley
    Intex 15'x48" AG metal frame pool (4,440 gal), Krystal Clear (1600) 14" sand filter, Taylor K2006 test kit, Intex Deluxe Maintenance Kit/vacuum (love it!), Intex Deluxe Skimmer, BBB.

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    Re: Haven't even put the pool up and I want a bigger pump!

    Welcome to TFP!

    You will find that you need at least the 2500 gal/hr cartridge pump, or the 2650 sand filter. Those little canister pumps can barely draw through the filter.

    Do note in my signature that I am still using the pump with no filter in it just for my heater, until I can hard plumb my pool. For this it works ok, but could be better.

    That's it hiding under the table.



    If you decide to go with the 2500 gph pump, best to order the Unicel C-5315 cartridge for it. The Intex branded filters will only catch the large stuff, and let most dirt and pollen through.
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

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    Re: Haven't even put the pool up and I want a bigger pump!

    Gotcha, and thank you for the pic. I have my eye on that sand filter you mentioned. I just need to convince hubby that it's the way to go. Hopefully more of you will chime in soon.
    Intex 15'x48" AG metal frame pool (4,440 gal), Krystal Clear (1600) 14" sand filter, Taylor K2006 test kit, Intex Deluxe Maintenance Kit/vacuum (love it!), Intex Deluxe Skimmer, BBB.

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    Re: Haven't even put the pool up and I want a bigger pump!

    People do sometimes use the little Intex cartridge filters and it often kind of works, but I don't recommend it. I agree with Charlie_R that the 2650 sand filter is about the minimum you actually want to have.
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    Re: Haven't even put the pool up and I want a bigger pump!

    I kept an Intex clean for 4 seasons with the little pump/filter things. I had a TFTest Kit so I never had any algae to clear (I think that would be impossible). I also ran it 24/7 except for when we were actually swimming. I had about 3 filters and every few days I would take one out and hose it off well and put in another one that had previously been rinsed off. If you never get behind on water chemistry, it does circulate the water enough. I did end up putting a sock or nylon on the return to catch some of the finer stuff that passed through the filter. So yes, with good chemistry, it is definitely do-able. But if the sand filter or a bigger cartridge system (they have some pump/filter combos I had considered) is in the budget, I would upgrade.
    POOL: Intex ultra new in 2014 (32 x 16 x 52) (seasonal; on concrete pad covered with 1.5" extruded or whatever foam insulation sheets - ugly, but comfy); added a through-wall skimmer; I add salt for feel. EQUIPMENT: Pentair SuperFlo pump (1HP, 2SPD); Pentair cartridge filter (200 sq. ft); Pentair MasterTemp natural gas heater (400,000 btu) Climate/Location: Eastern Nebraska

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    Re: Haven't even put the pool up and I want a bigger pump!

    Thank you so much, JasonLion and Crek31! So glad to hear. My wonderful husband gave me the green light! So tomorrow morning I am gonna do this thing!
    Intex 15'x48" AG metal frame pool (4,440 gal), Krystal Clear (1600) 14" sand filter, Taylor K2006 test kit, Intex Deluxe Maintenance Kit/vacuum (love it!), Intex Deluxe Skimmer, BBB.

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