Thanks for all the information on this site, it's been great to get started.
I wanted to get a small pool for my toddler age kid, and picked up the smallest Intex easy set pool, 6' and ~250gal. A larger one would be great but we are in a condo, and this will work perfectly on our patio.
By chance, a friend use to have an intex and has given me a combination cartridge filter/SWG (28673EG), with a Unicel filter.
Since it is primarily for very young children, I want to try and keep the water safe, and minimize chemicals as much as possible. At the same time, although the pool is (relatively) very small, we are in a serious drought, so I really want to minimize the number of times I drain and refill the pool.
I've read suggestions to simply use the BBB method for small pools and monitor ph and chlorine regularly. Since the setup was free, I figured I would see what would happen.
I was able to set up the pool and connect the pump and hoses (they fit the available connections). Added the correct amount of salt for the size and have run it for the last two days (1h of SWG per day, the minimum the timer will give).
My chlorine has been between 2.0 and 3.0, but my pH has been higher - generally 7.8-8.2
So, i'm wondering:
1) am I causing problems for my water quality by using a pump and SWG designed for much larger pools? Or just completely off base with trying it?
2)Should I keep using the pump/SWG or just use straight chemicals? I figure the cartridge filter would help keep debris out, which we seem to get a lot of.
3) If I stay with the pump/SWG, am I missing something I should be doing that is causing high pH, or do i just need to get some muriatic acid and add accordingly?
Is the taylor kit overkill for this size pool? I have seen suggestions to just use cheap kits, and others that consider small pool principles to be the same as large...although i'm probably at the extreme.