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    Robotic Cleaner Recommendation for Sand

    We are open for our first full season of our 30' above ground pool. We battled sand in the bottom of the pool last year (yard conditions/kids) and then to top it off had a sand bag burst that was holding the ladder down. I have been vacuuming (or attempting to) sand manually for two weeks now and I seem to not make a big dent in it other than mixing it up only to settle later. I have tried a wanda the whale, then a pool rover jr, with not much luck. The pool rover Jr worked great at larger debris, but did nothing for the sand and fine sediment, not to mention the cord would tangle. I am looking for a cleaner that works well with sand. Possibly a Dolphin Nautilus? Any other robotic cleaners you would recommend that would help with this throughout the year?

    -Hartley
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    Re: Robotic Cleaner Recommendation for Sand

    My AquaVac TigerShark seems to pick up some sand. I wouldn't say it's excellent at it though.

    When manually vacuuming to try to pick up sand, I close the floor drain and other skimmer valve and have my pump only draw from the skimmer I'm using to vacuum. It's worked pretty well.
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    Re: Robotic Cleaner Recommendation for Sand

    I had the Polaris 9400 and recently switched over to the Dolphin Nautilus which does a much better job with sand

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    Re: Robotic Cleaner Recommendation for Sand

    We use Poolvergnuegen for sand control

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    Re: Robotic Cleaner Recommendation for Sand

    Probably 90% of the Poolvergnugen's we sell go out to Arizona so I imagine they must be pretty good with sand. However this is not a robotic cleaner it is a suction side cleaner just an FYI.

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    Re: Robotic Cleaner Recommendation for Sand

    Thank you for the options, I'm going to do some reading and see which one to test next!
    30' Aqua Leader Sentinelle 54" Wall Height Above Ground Pool
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