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Thread: Obsolete Filter; Recommendations

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    Jun 2008
    N. Atlanta burbs

    Obsolete Filter; Recommendations

    Brand new to this forum, so please forgive if I am in wrong topic, etc...

    I have a Jacuzzi Tri-Clops filter with 450 sq. ft. (3x150) elements. This is the triangular shaped elements. As I am currently fighting stubborn algae, and considering alternatives; I've learned that I can no longer purchase these cartridge elements, but the dealers will gladly sell me an "upgrade kit" for $400+ to the "new" circular elements with manifolds, etc....

    Honestly, if I"m going to shell out these kind of bucks, I would really like to know what my true best approach should be.

    With two dogs, who I cannot keep out of the water (sometimes even in mid winter, they just can't resist), is a cartridge filter my best bet? I was told that with dogs that a DE or sand filter might not be a good fit by the pool builder.

    So.... if anyone knows where I can get the triangular elements, please speak up, or if you wish to express your opinion on what direction I should pursue, again, please do...

    Thanks for your help!

    28,000g IG Pebbletec
    Polaris 280, Raypak 406K BTU gas heater (dead), Hayward S311SX sand filter, Hayward EcoStar VSP, Hayward OmniLogic Controls w/ SWG
    yellow lab
    wife and 4 kids

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    Dec 2007
    Central New York

    20 X 40 foot vinyl Borates and Salt Pool
    Rolachem Chlorine Feeder
    Hayward 27 inch sand filter with 80 lbs of pea gravel
    Jacuzzi Splash Pak SP55 DE filter in parallel
    Pentair VF3050 pump

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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Welcome to the forum. If you don't find the cartridges you're looking for, get yourself a new sand filter....your best bet in the environment you have. Sand is simply more friendly to the load your dogs add to your sytem.

    Secondly, get one that's one step bigger than you'll never look back.
    Dave S. - Forum owner
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: Obsolete Filter; Recommendations

    Another vote here for a big sand filter. My cart filter also went belly up this spring and after posting here I bought a 500lb sand filter, as it was the smallest that could accommodate my pump. The owner of the pool store I bought it from asked if I had a commercial pool! Well, after a month I am really digging my little behemoth. My water is at least as clear as with the cart filter and I havent even added any DE yet. We have had tons of rain and dumping a few inches of water takes minutes not the hours it took with the cart. filter. And I am not missing the whole cleaning routine of the carts. Stop the pump. move the valve, run the pump 2 minutes, move the valve, done! Did I mention I'm really digging this new sand filter?
    Westminster, MD
    20K gallon, vinyl, New Hayward 500# sand filter, 1.5 HP AP pump, Unichlor brine tank chlorinator

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