Mineral Cartridge Systems Comparison
Mineral cartridge systems are sold under the following trademarked names: Nature2, Vision,and FROG. These products kill contaminants, primarily bacteria, in the water as it passes through a cartridge. This means the pump and filter must run for long periods of time to treat the tens of thousands of gallons of water in a swimming pool. Pool suppliers, who sell these systems, often recommend that you run your pump and filter 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
While these systems do reduce the need for chlorine or other chemical oxidizing treatment, they do not eliminate the need for these chemicals.
These systems also require a trip to the pool store to purchase expensive cartridges. In some cases more than one cartridge may be needed in one season. There is no obvious way to determine when these cartridges fail to be effective. Their effectiveness may expire prior to the cartridge contents being totally depleted.
Often the ECOsmarte cell will install right in the place of the mineral cartridge replacing 11 inches of pool pipe.