Sand filter or cartridge filter?

Which filter should be used - sand filter or cartridge filter? This question is not only faced by new pool owners. We have therefore summarized the advantages and disadvantages of sand filters and cartridge filters for you below.

Typical applications for sand filters and other filter systems

There are several applications where a water filter is needed. For some of these areas you can choose between different filter systems:

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  • Swimming pool: sand filter or cartridge filter
  • Pond: filter with several chambers and different filter media or sand filters
  • Aquarium: various filter media (ceramic tubes, sponge, etc.).) or sand filter

Filter for pond or aquarium

In principle, the question arises for all systems as to which filter is best suited. With conventional pond and aquarium filters, a bacterial culture is created in conventional filters that breaks down dirt and debris. But the sand filter can also take on these tasks. However, the structure of sand filter systems must be precisely tailored to these needs.

Swimming pool: sand filter or cartridge filter

Provided that the sand filter system can be installed accordingly, the question arises with these filtration processes, which is now better. In swimming pools, a distinction is made between sand filters and cartridge filters, but the advantages and disadvantages of the sand filter can also be related to a sand filter for an aquarium or pond.

Comparison between sand filter and cartridge filter systems

Advantages and disadvantages of sand filters

Disadvantages of the sand filter system:

  • regular maintenance requirement (not expensive, but still regular)
  • No mistakes may be made when setting up the sand filter system
  • various ways in which sand can get into the multi-way valve and pool basin
  • relatively high purchase price

Advantages of the sand filter system:

  • no expensive regular replacement of a relatively expensive filter (filter cartridge)
  • thus low operating costs
  • If set up correctly, it filters even heavily polluted water effectively, i.e. powerfully
  • easy maintenance (regular but very easy)
  • In the case of defective components, these can be purchased at low cost

Advantages and disadvantages of cartridge filters

Disadvantages of cartridge filters:

  • expensive in terms of operating costs, since new filter cartridges or filter inserts are required on a regular basis
  • regular replacement of the paper filter

Advantages of cartridge filters:

  • simple structure (malfunctions are as good as avoidable)
  • relatively low initial acquisition costs (in relation to the sand filter system)

Dealing with the sand filter

Correct handling of the sand filter in particular requires a bit of experience and sensitivity. But in the long term, the operating costs are significantly lower and the maintenance effort is moderate. In addition, the filter medium, the sand, only needs to be replaced every few years (every two to three years for heavy water pollution, every five to six years for conventional water pollution).

Tips & Tricks The fact that sand can get into the pool from the sand filter system is either due to incorrect operation that can be quickly corrected or a broken component of the filter (filter star or. Filter cross), which can be replaced inexpensively. Follow the link and get all the causes of sand in the pool.