First I read the reviews others left about this product. I was a little hesitant to purchase this pool sand so I checked with pool supply stores and found the price of the filter media to be very expensive. Fifty pounds of media at the pool stores was between $24.99 and 34.99. For my budget that was more the I could spend. I purchased pool sand from Depot some years ago and had no issues. I purchased four bags, my filter uses 175 pounds. Followed Hayward sand filter directions when replacing sand. I have owned my pool for at least 15 years, so I knew I would lose some sand from back washing to start with. I back washed the new sand until water ran clear and just as I suspected I did lose some. After water was clear I turned the pump off and restated the pump in rinse. After a few minutes I turned the pump off and restarted in filter. The pool started clearing up right away and have not seen any sand being discharged into the pool. Hope this information helps the next person who needs pool sand.
I have no problem with this sand. I went through all the steps and then backwashed my filter for 3 minutes then rinsed for one. No sand in pool ( all of my laterals were intact), and no cloudiness or dirt plumes described by others. It seems to me that If the sand was as bad as some report it would kill the fish in the aquariums that people are using it for.
I too was hesitant after reading some of the 3 star reviews HOWEVER i was pleasantly surprised at the quality and performance of this product. My pump is an INTEX 2800 GPH model and this sand works fine with it. Same performance at 1/4 the cost. I give this TWO thumbs up. Just follow directions on your filter.
This is silica sand. If you read the packaging, it is made by the Silica pool company.
Pros: Easy to Use, Economical
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Review 6 for 50 lb. Pool Filter Sand
used for a fish tank
PostedMay 30, 2012
I used this to replace gravel in my 80 gallon fish tank. 3 bags of this stuff saved me over $100 in pet stores. The sand is very clean from the start and with a little extra washing in a bucket it works wonders.
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Review 7 for 50 lb. Pool Filter Sand
from Atlanta, GA
Read your filter recommendations carefully!
PostedMay 5, 2014
Before using this sand in your pool filter check your manufacturer recommendations carefully! If your filter calls for #20 silica sand, DO NO USE THIS! It is far too fine and will damage your filtration system. May work great for systems that do not require a specific grade of sand but be careful! Worked great as a ballast in a set of stairs for an above ground pool.
as long as you A. remove all old sand and pea gravel (use shop vac carefully makes it easier) B. fill filter tank half way with water first C. double check and triple check you did not damage outlet fingers are damaged! D. poor in slowly
I had no problems with the sand. I back washed and rinsed it. I had no cloudy particles or sand go into my pool. I'm so glad I found it. Now when it warms up the kids will have a clean pool to play in. And a great price! The pool places charge way to much for sand!!
I purchased this product to replace the sand in my filter system. I started having problems with my filter stopping up and not allow water to be pumped through the system. Also the water was very cloudy. I would not recommend this product for your pool.( Also a friend of mine bought the same product and it did the samething. That's how I figured out what the problem was.) hope this saves you the backbraking work invovled with changing the sand..TWICE
This sand does not work for sand filters. i tried it to save money and ended up costing more in the long run. the sand is to fine for the filter and ends up in the pool or on the ground after backwashing. You get what you pay for in regards to this "pool filter sand".. spend more and end up saving more.
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Review 15 for 50 lb. Pool Filter Sand
from Raleigh, NC
Age Range:55 to 64
Home Improvement Profile:Other
Should read the reviews first. Waste of time and money. Sand is NOT for pool filters.
PostedApril 21, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
Don't waste your time with this product. Not made for pool filters. Muck sand...
Cons: Dirty, Inconsistent, mislabel - not for pool
Sand has been coming out in the pool every since we change it last year. So now because we was cheap we have to change it again. Moral of the story, don't be cheap when it comes to your pool. And we have to backwash several times a week. Bad all the way around.
Dirty sand. I had a dust cloud while I was filling the filter and the dust keeps going through the filter into the pool. I keep vacuuming to waste to get rid of it but it just keeps coming. Never again!