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    Pump/filter for new pool...a little help please?!

    We plan to purchase a new above ground pool in the future. (Just have to make do with the Intex for now.) But I have read and re-read and etc., etc...Hydraulics 101 til I believe I will go cross-eyed. My question is this...if we are looking at getting a 24x54 pool, estimated to hold around 18,350 gallons, then will a 1 HP, 2 or variable speed pump be fine? Also, we would like to go cartridge or DE. With a SWG, maybe Aquatrol. What size filter should I be looking for? And would some of the combo pump/filters made by Pentair or Hayward work for the pool size we are looking at? And do I have to look at above ground filters only? Any help would be greatly appreciated since I am having a hard time figuring what I need.
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    Re: Pump/filter for new pool...a little help please?!

    Get a 1HP 2 speed pump and buy the biggest filter you can afford. The bigger the better.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Pump/filter for new pool...a little help please?!

    I have found a 72 square ft DE filter but I can't afford $1000 for the filter alone! Most sites only give me an effective filtration area (in square feet) and a flow rate (gpm). So I am wondering if say, for example, says an EFA of 15 square ft, and flow rate of 60 gpm is big enough. Or do I need to find way bigger than that?
    Intex Ultra-Frame 26x52 AGP (14,650 gal.)
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    Re: Pump/filter for new pool...a little help please?!

    A 60 sqft DE filter is more than big enough for your pool ... same as my setup. You could certainly get by with smaller as well since you season is shorter.
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