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    Intelliflow 4x160: Advice on efficient RPM and run times?

    Any advice on what RPM setting and daily hours I should adjust my intelliflo pump to would be greatly appreciated. This would be for general circulation, not for when I want the bubbler (my only water feature and no spa) to be entertaining my 2 year old. For pool specs see signature.

    Thanks in advance!
    11,000 gal. gunite w/midnight blue and white pearl PebbleTec
    Intelliflo 4x160 pump
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    Running the pump for 8 hours would require 11,000 / (8 x 60) = 22.9 or around 23 gallons-per-minute (GPM) for one turnover. That's around the sweet spot for this pump in terms of energy efficiency though this is dependent on your piping. Assuming normal 2" piping out of the pump into multiple 1.5" returns and separate 1.5" suction lines to a skimmer and floor drain, you are probably looking at something in the neighborhood of 1300-1400 RPM or maybe less (1000 RPM), but it's really hard to know without the specifics of your system -- a flow meter is the best way to know for sure.

    Richard
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    Thanks Richard! You correctly assumed my piping configuration. I have 2 skimmers, one that has the dual main drain piped into it, and six returns. I am contemplating getting a flow meter. In the meantime, I will start in that (1300) range and see how it works.
    11,000 gal. gunite w/midnight blue and white pearl PebbleTec
    Intelliflo 4x160 pump
    Intellichlor IC-20 SWG
    Pentair cartridge filter 420 sq. ft.
    Mastertemp 400K BTU heater
    Legend Platinum cleaner
    Pool School
    JasonLion's Pool Calculator
    TF Test Kits

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