You know how you are not supposed to post to forums when you are angry and possibly unreasonable? Too bad...I am furious and sick of my horrible StaRite2 system 2 cartridge filter (the ones that are about 13" in diameter and 18+" tall).
I have a 6000 gal fiberglass pool, that doesn't get used heavily, and is covered, and only extremely rarely gets sunscreen in it, and it seems to me that this should be an easy scenario for my filter to handle. But it does a profoundly crappy job. The cartridge gets clogged quickly, and it never seems to clean out that satisfactorily despite the fact that I diligently try to keep it clean. I was gonna buy a new cartridge, but I am right now more than willing to spend huge amounts of money doing whatever it takes to find an alternative filtration model (provided that model presents the probability of a SIGNIFICANT improvement as opposed to only the promise of SLIGHTLY BETTER).
If I am stuck with this StaRite cartridge paradigm, is there some kind of extremely toxic, eco-unfriendly, fabric-scorching chemical I should use as a cleaner rather than the cartridge detergent I get from Leslie's Pool Supplies (which appears rather tame and perhaps just a tiny bit superior to plain water). How often are those cartridges supposed to be replaced (at $150-$200 per cartridge, I hope they aren't supposed to be replaced every 90 days)? Are there any 'new improved' cartridge technologies (or brands) that I can use in my current StaRite system other than the diabolically crappy cartridge I am currently using? With a 6000 gal, fiberglass, pool is it reasonable to consider going to a total different paradigm, like a D.E. filter? When I researched this issue some time ago, it seemed like...for a pool of my size...moving off of a cartridge system was nearly universally regarded as more trouble than it was worth, but as my annoyance with the current paradigm grows, alternative models seem increasingly attractive.
Thanks in advance for any advice!