Ok y'all, we have a 20'x48" Intex Ultra Frame. In 2012 we set it up for the first time and it was horrible! We didn't get the ground leveled properly, the filter sucked (or didn't actually ), and we had a hard time keeping the chemical levels where they needed to be. By the end of summer the pool ended up being a big green mud hole *ick*. So we took a year off but we really want it up this year.
1st: We want to get an Intex sand filter/pump. I have read some pretty terrible reviews, some great ones too but still, are they really that bad?? They are in our budget so that's our main reason for not looking at others.
2nd: How would you recommend leveling the ground? Sand isn't an option as our back yard is practically sealed off from the front
3rd: Tips for keeping up with the chemical levels?
Any other tips are appreciated