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    Sand w/a little help?

    Thinking about adding a little DE to help the sand out? Is there any downside? Read adding de to sand, here at TFP? Once this is done is there any turning back? Does is dissipate over time? I know there's loss during backwash, but how much? Will this also work if I install a SWG? Thanks for any advise.
    2002-10.6k gal 20'x54" Rnd AG vinyl All Hayward- 150lb sand #S188T, 1.5 hp Power Flo LX #SP1515-z-1-ES

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    Re: Sand w/a little help?

    You will lose it all when you backwash as it's only a small amount.
    Yes, you can turn back. Just backwash to get rid of DE and just don't use it again.
    Yes you can use it with SWG.

    GC
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    Re: Sand w/a little help?

    Thanx GC
    2002-10.6k gal 20'x54" Rnd AG vinyl All Hayward- 150lb sand #S188T, 1.5 hp Power Flo LX #SP1515-z-1-ES

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    Re: Sand w/a little help?

    I used it once in my filter. I THINK it madea difference, but not enough for me to do it again. Your mileage may vary! The sand filter should be able to keep your pool crystal clear.

    GC
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    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
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    Re: Sand w/a little help?

    However, I do notice that GC has ZeoBrite noted in his sand filter (in his signature), so he's adding that to his sand or entirely replacing his sand with it.

    Or perhaps he stopped doing so and hasn't updated his signature.

    Zeobrite is reportedly an upgrade to sand, a mineral mixture that supposedly filters better than sand.
    Having no experience with it, I cannot comment on its effect.

    I hope GC can follow up on this.

    As you read on TFP about adding DE to a sand filter, it is done to filter out particles down to a smaller size.
    Not everyone notices the difference, and not everyone cares about the difference. But those that care often go the extra mile.
    It's a completely personal choice, and not at all necessary, assuming your sand filter is working appropriately.
    Alan in Wellington, FL - near West Palm Beach
    15,200 gal IG, painted plaster, 1988; 200 SqFt cartridge filter, 2013; 1.5 HP 1-speed pump (uprated), 2005; heat pump, 2005;
    soon to repair (dead) SWG AquaRite T-15 cell, 2005, and replace (dead) suction-side cleaner, 2005.
    Almost everything died this winter 2012-'13, and I know we shouldn't complain... but, Arrgh!

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    Re: Sand w/a little help?

    Correct alanpaul, I forgot to mention that I have zeobrite. I still use it. Added the DE once just to try it out. Didn't notice a big enough differenct to keep using it. I think maybe if my pool was lighted, and used at night, then perhaps I'd look for the finer filtering of DE addition.
    13'x22'x52" 8,000 gallon ProSeries Pool with Borates
    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
    Bestway SWG
    AquaPro ECO500 50,000 BTU heat pump
    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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