I have a 16' x 48" intex above ground pool with a 2,500gal/hr pump (larger pump than what comes with it). Season 1 went awesome, no problems at all! Season 2 is a nightmare !!!! I drained the pool completely for winter (leaving a few inches of water that didn't drain which of course, looked like a swamp come spring ( I live in South Louisiana where we have 2 seasons.. Hot and Hotter-- so pool is only closed from December-March).
Here's what I've done over the last month to open this thing:
1. Shocked the foot of water (leaving a layer of dead algae at the bottom) could not vaccum that with the garden hose vacuum that comes with it ... So bought one that fits to the pump that I had to fill the pool to use ... This one was a piece of junk too! So I stirred it up thinking the larger pump could clean it out if I clean the cartridges often (every couple hours), but it stayed really cloudy.
2. Tried flocc... Back to that layer of algae that I can't get rid of... Bought a battery operated vacuum (Pool Blaster Max) which just stirs it up back to cloudy mush
3. I gave up and drained the pool back to a foot of swamp water... Used flocc, shocked the **** out of it, and still the vacuum just stirs the algae, I have vacuumed this pool 4 times just today, added just about every chemical in the pool section of the store and still layer of algae wins!
btw... My pump cannot vacuum to waste- Which seems to be the "best" solution
Please help me to keep my sanity. I'm about to give up on pool ownership and swim in the bathtub!
Any Suggestions would be appreciated