Hi all - I am looking for advice on what type of filter is best. I have my choice between a sand filter and a cartridge. My only exp. w/ cartridge filters is an Intex (nightmare). As a child we had a sand filter and my mom never had a problem. Some say cartridge is better, I am so confused. The pool store people are saying it's personal preference. My pool will have lots of kids with lots of sunscreen using it.
My other decision is whether or not to get an automatic chlorinator. Any opinions out there on if they are good or not. The pool guys we have talked to mostly say they're good. Any bad experiences out there? I haven't seen any postings about using algicide. It looks like most everyone controls that problem by shocking the water? The Frog sysem uses an algicide, is it not necessary if you keep your water clean and balanced?
Finally, are solar covers good or an invitation to algae? I live in Michigan where the evenings are usually cool. I was advised that a solar cover is a must esp. if you use a heater. Any advice on that?
I want to be confident that I made the right choices, I had a very bad experience with an Intex pool - any advice is greatly appreciated.
18' x 52" AG - 8k ? gl - 1 hp 18" Hayward filter, haven't decided on sand vs cartridge yet - 150,000 btu Hayward heater live in a suburb of Detroit - lots of trees in the area - hope I didn't forget anything