I have advised that at least part of some of my pool problems including frequent mustard algae blooms are due to inadequate filtering. My pool volume is 30,000 gallons and my present filter is a Hayward Star Clear Plus with a 175sq. ft. cartridge. Even without algae, the cartridge needs a thorough cleaning every six weeks during the swimming season.
Since I canít think of a practical way to use the current filter as part of a larger filtration system, I would need to replace entire unit with a larger cartridge unit. (I have ruled out Sand or D.E.) Alternatively, I am wondering if replacing my Polaris 280 with a robotic cleaner will give me the needed extra filtering to so I can keep the Hayward Star. Iím not fond of the way the Polaris puts the dirt and small debris into suspension that can take a day or two to filter out. Also, the booster pump for the Polaris will need replacing soon.
From what I have read the robotic cleaners will keep dirt out of the main filter and do a good job of side and step cleaning. My main criteria for a robotic are for one that does a good job and easy to clean. Speed of cleaning is not important. Does anyone recommend a unit that costs $800.00 or less?
If it matters, the pump is a Pentair IntelliFlo VS-3050. During the season it typical runs 10 hours on a combination of high and low speeds.