Bought a cleaner, need some advice.


New member
Jul 19, 2015
Rebecca GA
I'm new to the forum. Hi, all! Bought a Wanda the Whale, Hayward AG pool cleaner. Instructions were not all that informative, but seemed easy enough. I have a 26x52 AG pool,14,000 gal capacity. Pump came with pool. It's a Krystal Clear Filter Pump w/2500gph. It seems like there isn't enough suction to make the cleaner work.
Is the filter/pump not big enough or does anyone know if there is an adaptor or something else I need to make this cleaner work. Pool and filter are only one year old.


Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2012
Tallahassee, FL
I have to close the valve on my bottom drain AND turn my pump on high to make my Wanda work. If I do not do either one it does not work so...............I am guessing your pump is not big enough to run her :( You can see my pump in my siggy.

I wish I had better news for you. I love my Wanda.


Hayward Pool

LifeTime Supporter
In The Industry
Oct 15, 2014
Hi, Wanda comes with a restrictor that may need to be used or not. You may have to try it both ways. You need to remove the bottom plate and you will see the press-in restrictor. This cleaner needs about 30 gpm to operate properly. The 2500 gph works out to about 41 gpm. This would be with a clean filter. As the filter gets dirty the flow will diminish. I have not seen good luck with this pump in the past.