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    Question Time for a new Filtration System...

    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.

    Thanks,
    Sam

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    Re: Time for a new Filtration System...

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    I assume you have already read the filter comparison: http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...ter-comparison

    1) Any would work fine with the fiber. There are 3 styles of DE filter. Most common is airfoil grids, Pentair makes large ones with cartridges, and then there are bump-style (where you backwash less often, but I think they are smaller)

    2) You just need to be sure your pump is strong enough to backwash properly ... not usually a problem.

    3) It should not take more than an hour and you should only need to do it once a year at most.

    4) A sand filter by itself will maintain a clear pool ... assume you maintain the chemistry properly.

    5) I would certainly recommend upgrading to a 2-speed. You could replace just the motor on your existing pump.

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    Re: Time for a new Filtration System...

    Thanks for the info and advice.
    Sam
    2001 Built - 24k gal. IG w/new vinyl liner. Jacuzzi TriClops Cartridge Filter w/ 1.5HP MagnumForce Pump (single speed).
    Added a 250k BTU Hayward Heater (LP) in 2010, AquaBot II

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    Re: Time for a new Filtration System...

    Jason,
    I went to the Pentair website and was looking through their collection of DE filtration systems http://www.pentairpool.com/subsectio...ters-de-24.htm.
    I can't figure out the differences between the various lines. After a bunch of reading I think the "grid" style seems like a better idea than the one with the fingers. Any idea which is which? Also, any help on sizing for a 24k pool?
    2001 Built - 24k gal. IG w/new vinyl liner. Jacuzzi TriClops Cartridge Filter w/ 1.5HP MagnumForce Pump (single speed).
    Added a 250k BTU Hayward Heater (LP) in 2010, AquaBot II

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