I finally have fixed all of my AGP woes. As you can see from the photos I have hard piped the strainer basket, hard piped all of the out-of-the-water parts and even added a water fountain for the kids. I have also installed a removable filter bag assembly to the pool That I only run when I am vacuuming the pool. It is connected temporarily using a union.
The pump/filter is a Hayward cartridge model that puts out over 4000gph. I now have a raging current in my pool . The pump has made the biggest difference, and also the big test kit. The fountain is only half complete as I am making nozzle on my metal lathe.