We have a Summer Escapes 18' x 48" pool (first summer with this pool after ~5 years with a smaller 1000 gal. pool of similar type). We're using an Intex 2500 gph pump with the B size filter cartridge. This pump is bigger than the pump that came with the Summer Escapes pool; however, filter capacity is still pretty small, and cleaning up after any algae event is slow and tedious.
I'm thinking of upgrading to a sand filter, and am hoping for some comments on two possible options, both of similar cost.
One is the Intex 28651 pump and filter combo, which I think a lot of people here have had good experience with:
The other option is getting just a sand filter, but going larger and name brand (18" Hayward filter):
For the second option, we would use our existing pump to move the water through the sand filter. The 2500 gph pump we're using is of unknown history (bought used from ebay last year), but it's been working fine so far.
Does anyone care to offer advice/opinions that might push my decision one way or the other?
This is a great site, by the way... I found TFP last summer, bought a decent test kit (K-2006), and finally started understanding how to maintain our pool. This year, with the larger pool, everything makes sense (even the algae attack that followed on letting FC drop too low was completely understandable, and it cleared up using SLAM procedures). Understanding what is going on, and what to do, is a great relief, after previous years of stumbling around pretty much in the dark with pool chemistry. Thanks TFP!