My wife and I bought our first above-ground pool and got the 18 foot Coleman. We have done a lot of research in regards to the pool filters/pumps and have also gone to some pool supply stores (Leslie's was the best). The research and stores all lead to the fact that the "out of the box filter/pump" is horrible and we need to upgrade to a sand filter/pump combo. I cannot find any Coleman sand filter/pump combos on the internet and Leslie's said Coleman has proprietary hose connections. I want to get the sand filter/pump combo but don't want to buy one that doesn't fit with my Coleman pool. Can anyone help out with my questions?
1) Are Intex and Coleman hoses interchangeable like some rumors say?
2) Does Coleman actually make sand filter/pump combos that I can order?
3) If the answer to the first two questions are no, does anyone have suggestions for my way ahead?
Thanks in advance!