Hello from Moberly, Mo,
This is my third year of having a pool. We started off with the 48"x15' round Intex utilizing the standard chemicals and the pump that came with the pool. After fighting the first 2 seasons with trying to manage the pool water, which is difficult enough even for an experienced person, I dreaded season 3. So I didn't even mess with it. I replaced my pool this year with the Intex 48"x18' round pool and reverted to a saltwater system. I also converted to a sand filter system. I have a couple of questions:
1) My pool did not come with a skimmer as the one before had. However, my sandfilter does have the skimmer basket. Do I really need to have a skimmer in the pool itself? If so, would you recommend I install the wall skimmer. I hate the hanging type.
2) I run the Intex 54601EG SWG with a flow rate of 1,650GPH as well as the Intex 56673EG 14inch Sand Filter System with a 1/2hp pump and a 1,600GPH flow rate.
Is this a sufficient system with my pool? I believe it is as long as I run at least 6hr cycles.
3) I am debating on upgrading next season to a larger pool, possibly 48"x24ft. Will my current system be sufficient for the upgrade? If not, what would be