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    Filter/pump replacement question

    So, currently I'm still using the dinky little 1000gph cartridge filter/pump that fame with my pool. I was thinking about upgrading to Intex's 2650gph sand filter/pump, but I have a question about that.

    We're planning on upgrading to a "real" AGP next year, probably around 15' x 52" round. That being the case, it doesn't seem worthwhile--or cost efficient--to upgrade now, when we'll just have to get a new pump/filter next year for the new pool.

    So, is there anything I can do to improve the effectiveness of the current filter/pump for this season?
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    AGP: Intex Ultra Frame 14' x 48", 4600 gallons
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    Re: Filter/pump replacement question

    The 2650 gph filter would work for a "real" 15X52 as well, though it will require the box adapter discussed in the intex plumbing topics. Thinking outload, a 15' pool is still quite small...not much of an upgrade from what you currently have...so it is likely when it comes down to it, you may go larger? That might be a reason to wait, if you can survive with your current filter.
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    Re: Filter/pump replacement question

    I've heard you can get a different filter cartridge that works better than the cheap ones you get at Walmart. Do they actually work better? And is it worth it to get them for one season?
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    Re: Filter/pump replacement question

    I have seen a few reports of the Unicel cartridges working quite a bit better than the Intex. And they are reusable. You should be able to find the model number with a quick search.
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    Re: Filter/pump replacement question

    Unicel C-4607, or filbur FC-3710 for type "A"

    Unicel C-5315, or Filbur FC-3752 for type "B"
    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: Filter/pump replacement question

    Thanks, Charlie
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    Re: Filter/pump replacement question

    Awesome. Thank you!
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    Re: Filter/pump replacement question

    Caveat about ordering from Amazon or other online places. READ the description, closely. Quite a few sellers are advertising "replaces" or "same as" these quality filters. If in doubt, ask the seller.

    Instructions for cleaning in Pool School, and Unicel has instructions packaged with each filter.

    I'm still using the first one I bought last season. There are others here that have run them for 3 and 4 seasons, as long as they are cleaned properly.

    Very worth the extra money spent on these!
    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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