Our old cartridge system is a Jacuzzi TriClops, and it's seen better days, so I've decided to replace it this off-season. In doing some research I'm thinking about buying a new DE filter and using the Fiber Clear media.
The pool is 24,000 gallon underground with a new vinyl liner. The existing pump is a single speed 1.5HP Jacuzzi, and it works fine. The automatic chlorinator and heater (Hayward 220,000 BTU LP) are both pretty new and work fine as well.
So my questions are:
1.) It seems that any DE filter will work with Fiber Clear. Is there a difference between the models? Anyone have a recommendation?
2.) It seems like buying a larger filter will elongate the time between maintenance cycles. Is this true? If so, is there any downside to buying "too big"?
3.) Breaking down the DE filter & deep cleaning looks like a couple hour job. Is there one brand/model that is easier than the others?
4.) Would a sand filter, with Fiber Clear media, be just as effective as the DE filter? Sand filters look like they are a lot cheaper.
5.) Although my pump is fine, I'm wondering if a 2 speed or VS pump will save me enough in electricity to justify replacing it.