So I'm getting sick of our sand filter and was thinking of going DE. I'm looking for the best dang filtration possible and the pool guys suggest DE is the best and filters the finest stuff. We keep having a lot of dirt build up at the bottom of the return jets which drives me insane having to vacuum to waste every week or two. (We also have an automatic cover and the pool is covered every night) I'm not sure if DE will remove all the dirt but I'll be so happy if it cuts it down a lot.
It's a 20,000 gallon plaster (gunite?) pool with I believe a single speed pump. (Not sure of the HP, my grandfather used to take care of everything before he passed away this winter, still learning)
Pool guys suggested a 48 sq. ft. DE filter. But I know the knowledge here is far more vast then the average pool store...
Price is always a factor, but then again, I think what I've picked up here is that you don't skimp on the filter. Get lower speed pumps and everything else etc, but get the best filter you can. So, would 48 sq. ft. be good? Without knowing more, could you take a guess on if I could use the same main pump I've been using with our sand filter? I would like to buy it myself & either self install or just have the pool guys do that part.
Ideally I would like to be able to find something from Amazon Prime (free shipping! Woo!) and noticed the Hayward DE4820 Pro-Grid 48-Square-Foot Vertical D.E. Pool Filter for like $640. It requires the multiport still though which I think is like another ~$140 or something. I noticed another Heyward on Amazon that's 60 sq. ft. for like $680. Is that overkill? Is this a good brand without being the "expensive" brand? Are there different types/styles of DE filters? What kind of multiport should I look for?
Guide me all knowing TFPC members