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    Jun 2015
    Austin, TX

    Add Robotic cleaner to pool with in-floor cleaner

    Hello new to site and I have a few questions about robotic cleaners. My pools is 2 years old and I am using Paramount in-floor PV3 clear and it does a great job cleaning dirt and debris from the pool. This spring we had heavy rains and wind in Austin, TX and I have heavy wooded area behind our pool. This system has been outstanding keeping the pool clean. I run it twice a day 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours at night. I will turn on when swimming if I see grass/mulch/dirt in pool. It will clean quickly.

    So I have zero complaints about this system, however, I know there is an additional energy cost to run this cleaner. It runs on an independent Pentair Intelliflo VS-3050 pump. The water flow and pressure from the jets is strong however I still brush more often thinking there is nothing “scrubbing” especially the walls (jets on bottom of pool and stairs pop up like sprinkler heads).

    I have new job and traveling all week and less time to maintain weekdays. So thinking about adding a robotic cleaner in addition to in-floor cleaner (split time).

    · Use less energy not running extra pump 8+hours a day
    · Will help with cleaning walls – less brushing, fighting algae from time to time (found this site and moved to bleach, better test kit etc and that has greatly helped)
    · Still getting water bugs (ones that skim across top of pool) every now and then – been a battle this year.
    · Family forgets to brush walls, would this be easier for wife to maintain while I am traveling.
    · Pools is in full sun from 11 AM to sunset 8PM. Gunite shell with pebblesheen

    Then the big question – if yes add robotic cleaner then which one. Looking at the Dolphin Z5 based on reading forms but open to suggestions.

    Water is clear and doing well:
    FC = 3.5
    CC = .25
    TC = 3.75 (switched to bleach, Pool Store pucks creating issues)
    PH = 7.5
    TA = 110
    CYA = 50
    CH = 350 (was over 700 drained 50% to lower and then no more pucks)

    Test kit is TF100
    18k IG Gunite Pebblesheen, 512 sqft, 36' x 22' (4x5x6 depth), Pentair Intelliflo VS 3050, Pentair Quad DE 80, Paramount UV,
    Paramount InFloor Cleaner PV3, Flagstone Coping and raised beam w/ 3 ribbon fountains,
    SPA not attached: Dimension One Spa Amore Bay 108"x92"x40" 415g 5 pump system -
    Location: Austin, Texas Builder Cody Pools

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    May 2014
    Franklin, NC

    Re: Add Robotic cleaner to pool with in-floor cleaner

    If I did it again I would have gone with the Z5 instead of the M5. I just didn't get much fo rthe extra money.

    The thing I would be concerned with would be if both were running at the same time and the robot damaged one of the pop up heads.
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