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    New filter media for sand filter!!?

    Hello all I'm on my 3rd yr. of my sand filter and I heard my sand should be replace after about 3 yrs. I started doing research on alternatives and I came across a product called "activate"
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    here is the brochure. Has anyone heard of it? It sounds great but not sure if it's all hype or not..
    Thanks in advance guys


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    Re: New filter media for sand filter!!?

    My vote is for hype. Search some older threads using Glass Filter Media
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    Re: New filter media for sand filter!!?

    Sand needing to be replaced every 3 years is a myth. Think of it this way: The sand has been around for millions of years already. Do you think 3 years in a pool filter really is going to change the sand much at all? Not likely.

    If anything, sand can periodically need a deep cleaning but replacement is not necessary. See the procedure for deep cleaning a sand filter here: Deep Cleaning a Sand Filter

    There are many sand alternatives out there. If they work as well as sand depends on the make/model of your sand filter to some extent. Some alternatives can actually cause problems. Some users on this forum have posted problems with the product Zeolite specifically.

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    Re: New filter media for sand filter!!?

    Total scam....run away fast... I had glass and it did not filter. Now I have sand and all good.
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    Re: New filter media for sand filter!!?

    Thanks guys!! Always on top of it!!


    IG, steel walled vinyl liner, approx. 18000 gal. swg ( Hayward salt system), gas heated, with 250 lb sand filter and 1.5 horse pump.

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