Last year I bought a 15' diameter Summer Escapes (?) pool from wal-mart. First, the wasps came....in droves...there was almost no space to share the water with them (and Im terrified of them). Shortly afterwards, the cheapy pool filter that came with the pool stopped working. Eventually, the pool was green, gross and useless. So, this year Im determined to set it up again and have it be clean, clear, mostly wasp free and usable.
First, I need a new filter. I'm the only one using the pool, but I live in CO where water is expensive, then sun is intense and it rarely rains. My main concern with the filter is water clarity/quality, followed by cost, then maintenance. Water is use is also an issue, but to a lesser degree. I have been hearing a lot about DE, sand and salt water filters. Any thoughts?
My second concern is the wasps. I have heard that elevating the salt and borates (along with fake nests, alternate water sources etc) all might help reduce this problem. If I elevate the salt to ~2300-3000 ppm, will this eliminate any of the filter options?
My last question....has anyone tried the Hayward "Wanda the Whale" automatic vacuum....sounds really cool....but there are not any prices listed on the website.
Does anyone keep their pools filled year round? (The cost of water here is obscene, so if I can keep it full all winter it would be ideal. Our Trinidad winters are pretty mild (I moved here from Boston)), but we do get about 2 weeks a year of bitter cold and occasional snow.