New Pool - Need help balancing!

Newdude

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TFP Guide
Jun 16, 2019
11,257
NY
So I do that after letting it settle?
Yup. You can also cheat by brushing what settles to a general area. (A few quick swipes with the brush). Give it some time and let it settle again. After a few tries it will all mostly be in one spot for quick vac-ing out to waste.
Won’t that cause significant water loss?
Yes. So if you can minimize the vac area it greatly helps. If it’s just the step you’ll be done quick enough time wise. (Go slowly with the vac to keep poofs to a minimum).
What speed should be pump run while doing that
Your regular vac speed. Every setup had its own sweet spot. To many RPMs and the head sticks. Too little and it doesn’t suck. You have to play with it a bit to find yours.
 
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Newdude

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Also, the angle of the vac pole plays a huge role. In the deep end its mostly up and down and the weight of the pole will make the vac head stick. In the shallow end, or on the steps the pole will be mostly horizontal and lifting the vac head off the pool surface. So you may need 2 speeds depending on where you are vac-ing.
 
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DanF

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Mar 17, 2019
415
Chandler, AZ
Pool Size
12500
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
CircuPool RJ-45 Plus
Great job thus far! If you're concerned about water loss caused by vacuuming, you can simply resort to brushing the steps. This will 1) relocate the dead algae and dirt to a place in the pool where the robot can get it and 2) improve water circulation: you want all of that good chlorine moving around the pool. Water loss will cause your pool to be re-filled by outside water, thus diluting all of the chemicals you've been adding.