New to this, just got a sand pump


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Jun 22, 2019
Big Spring, Texas
Unfortunately the area i live in has no "Pool Sand" or Filter balls readily available till monday(Small west texas towns). I know I may seem like I am in a bit of a rush but is there an alternative for sand? if not should i even bother setting it up till I get some?


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Apr 1, 2007
Sebring, Florida
Welcome to the forum:wave:

Filter Balls are NOT an alternative to sand....or even a supplement. Get #20 pool sand.....nothing else - regardless of how long you have to wait
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Jan 6, 2010
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
Set up the pool and start filling. Unless it's a really small pool, it will take a lot longer than you think it will to fill with a hose. It won't turn green and gooey in a day. You can even run the pump and filter without sand. It won;t filter at all, but it will circulate the water so you can start balancing.