I am considering the purchase of a Pentair 11018 Variable Speed Pump.
I currently have a StaRite PR2A5F-182L with a PXC 95 Filter.
In reading the installation instructions for the Pentair 11018, they recommend a straight distance of 10 inches from the suction input to the first elbow.
With my current configuration, I am unable to get that distance without changing the pump orientation, which would mean adding another elbow. Adding the elbow, I believe, would restrict water flow more.
I wonder how critical that 10 inch distance is.
Attached is a photo of my current plumbing configuration.
Any comments would be appreciated.