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    What is the ultimate filter?

    Serious question, if money was no object, what filter would you suggest I use for an 18x36 IG Vinyl?

    Just curious what the best of the best is.

    Best meaning

    1. Works great.
    2. Not overly complicated maintenance.

    Of course money being no object is not quite true, but let me dream
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    Re: What is the ultimate filter?

    All filter types have pluses and minuses. Comes down to personal preference. There is an article in Pool School comparing filter types.
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    Re: What is the ultimate filter?

    Oversizing a filter is recommended. A larger filter wil not only perform better but will need cleaning much less often. As far as the choice of type of filter, just do a bit of research. Do you want the easiest to maintain or the one that filters the finest?
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    Re: What is the ultimate filter?

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    Re: What is the ultimate filter?

    I would actually prefer a filter that filters the finest. I enjoy working on and around the pool, so maintenance is not a real issue but I am obesessed with clear water.
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    Re: What is the ultimate filter?

    Quote Originally Posted by ssgumby View Post
    I would actually prefer a filter that filters the finest. I enjoy working on and around the pool, so maintenance is not a real issue but I am obesessed with clear water.
    Generally that means you would be looking for a DE filter.

    My Hayward 6020, installed in 2004, does a great job on my 20k gal vinyl lined pool.

    And as was mentioned, oversized is the way to go!
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    Re: What is the ultimate filter?

    Attachment 38774 Size matters
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    Re: What is the ultimate filter?

    Quote Originally Posted by ssgumby View Post
    I would actually prefer a filter that filters the finest. I enjoy working on and around the pool, so maintenance is not a real issue but I am obesessed with clear water.
    In that case, right here: it will filter out everything and return essentially distilled water to your pool




    A DE filter is much more practical, though.
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    Re: What is the ultimate filter?

    DE will give you the finest filtration, fairly low hassle. Sand won't filter as fine, but is easiest to maintain and use. Adding DE to a sand filter after each backwash can also help it filter finer particles. Cartridge filters catch particles nearly as small as a DE filter and are a bit of a hassle to clean filters, which must be replaced periodically depending on how well you maintain your pool. Since you're going to be closing your pool for the winter, sand and DE filters make it easier. See a better summary here: Pool School - Pool Filter Comparison
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    Re: What is the ultimate filter?

    If you want very fine filtration and are willing to do maintenance to get it, I would recommend an oversized DE filter and use cellulose filter media in place of DE.
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