Dolphin Pool Cleaner? Pool Pump?

I live in Miami, FL. I just bought a house with a pool. The pool size is 40×20. The pool is in a very large yard surrounded by tall established trees. How long should I run the pump for? What is the best pool cleaner for my pool?


I’ve maintained pools like yours in the past for customers. Most of the times by the time I was hired they had completely let the pool go. Cleaning a pool that size can be a real chore given the depth that the deep end may have and the overall water volume.

No matter the size of the pool the good rule of thumb is to run the pool filter for about 8-10 hours a day. Based on what you may have for a filter and pump set up you want to run the pump long enough to turn over the entire volume of water in the pool at least once every day.

The GPM, or gallons per minute, should be printed on the filter or in the manual. Lets say for instance as a nice round number your filter system can do 100 gpm at it’s perfect working condition. So in an hour it can turn 6000 gallons.

Depending on the depth of your pool your approximately 30000 gallons and your filter when in actual use and depending on the other variables would probably at best have a gpm of 70 since lots of factors slowly bring down a filters gpm when they are in actual use. With a pool as large as yours you’ll probably factor out closer to the 10 hour a day mark.

As far as cleaners the best one would be a matter of opinion. I’ve used a lot of different robotic and other style of cleaners. I would recommended one of the robotic pool cleaners for a pool your size. They are a little expensive but worth the cost since they really do a lot of the everyday labor jobs in owning a pool for you. My favorite has been the Tiger shark by Aquavac. It is fast, powerful, durable, and easy to use and maintain. Especially where you have a lot of trees around you want to make sure you get those leaves out of the pool everyday to avoid water problems. Another highly recommendable automatic pool cleaner is the Dolphin Pool Cleaner – another excellent choice.

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