We have had the above ground pool for a little less than a year now. We started with the baquacil and and are now on chlorine as this site teaches. Love it water is crystal clear all of the time - how boring. We got a mamba vac with the pool this thing that goes clickity-clack and never cleans in the middle. So we have been using a vac head and the pole. We have a skimmer plate but that just doesn't seem to work that well. I use the connection that came with the mamba - it is blue (kong (dog toy)) device that plugs into the bottom of the skimmer. This means you are sending everything right to the pump basket. You know the pump basket - that thing that requires super human strength to open. I have looked at robots - they sure are neat drop them in an then - ta da you have a sparkling pool. What other options are there. My pool water is so clean that even a little **** on the bottom drives me crazy. Yeah I should get some professional help.