New to TFP and new pool owner.
I need help in deciding whether to use the traditional vacuum hose to skimmer or a self-contained vacuum like the Pool Blaster Max. There is a new home being built right next door and my new pool has a lot of dirt/sand at the bottom. I have a cartridge filter (CC150) and am concerned about the filter not being able to trap all that dirt or the dirt ruining the filter. The Pool Blaster's self-contained micro filter bag seems like it would work well, but it is expensive and has gotten mixed reviews.
I'm a first time pool owner and have no experience with how well cartridge filters work. My filter literature mentions the ability to trap very small micron particles but will it really hold all that dirt/sand in the filter crevices? Will I damage the filter? Should I just vacuum and then immediately clean the filter?