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Product Review: Zodiac Baracuda MX8

The Zodiac Baracuda MX8 is a completely different design inside and out from the normal Baracuda range. Using a cyclonic vacuum inside the head of the cleaner to pull a flapped engine rather than contracting and retracting a Diaphragm like the traditional Barracuda’s the MX8 is able to use this new driving method to turn a section of gears inside the cleaner to navigate around the pool and prevent it from getting stuck.

The wearing of parts on the cleaner is limited to the tracks of the MX-8 as you would expect, since it is the only part of the cleaner that make contact with the pool surface in normal operation. Notable repairs to the cleaner are stripped gears and the flaps of the engine snapping off. The reason for this is due to the high amounts of pressure in the cleaner, causing the cleaner to run too fast and break, less speed will prevent the cleaner from wearing out as quickly. Since the release Zodiac now include a flow restricting valve for the head of the cleaner to make sure it runs at the correct speed indicated by the manufacture, after this revision repairs are very few and far between. This Revision is available free from any Zodiac dealer.

Read more: Product Review: Zodiac Baracuda MX8

How to Stop Your Pool Cleaner Getting Stuck

Correct storage of swimming pool cleaner hoses

Keeping your pool cleaner from getting stuck, whether it is a Kreepy Krauly, Zodiac (Baracuda) or any other suction cleaner is relativity simple but requires a small amount of tuning.

Correct storage, weights, hose length, water flow and maintenance can have a dramatic influence on your automatic pool cleaner’s performance and can keep it from missing spots and having full coverage in the pool. 


When storing hoses single or one meter lengths it is best to have them laid straight and not curled. Curling the hose can cause the pool cleaner to tangle and accelerate ware on the hose.

Hose Weights

Designed to balance the head of the pool cleaner to surface of the pool, many end users place the hose weights just off the head of the unit however this causes the unit to lean to far backwards. An ideal place to start with the weight is the middle of the first hose and then adjust it accordingly to balance the cleaner. Depending on the depth of the pool, the hose weight will have to be moved up or down the hose to achieve the correct balance.

Kreepy Krawly, Baracuda Hose Weights

Read more: How to Stop Your Pool Cleaner Getting Stuck

How to Winterise your Swimming Pool

How to Winterise your Swimming PoolFind below our 11 easy steps to Winterise your swimming pool and help keep it clear all winter.

  1. Backwash the pool filters, if you have a cartridge filter for best results clean the cartridge with Zodiac Cartridge Cleaner 125g this will ensure to remove all oils and contaminants as well as improves filtration efficiency.
  2. Remove all debris from all skimmer baskets and pump baskets.
  3. Lubricate all O-rings with silicone-based lubricant.
  4. Adjust the waters pH to between 7.2 and 7.6 by adding Hydrochloric Acid if the pH is above 7.6 or Alkalinity Up (Sodium Bicarbonate (buffer)) if is below 7.2.
  5. Check the salt chlorinator cell and clean the cell if necessary with a Zodiac Salt Cell Cleaner.
  6. How to Super Chlorinate your swimming pool
  7. For a 50,000 pool add 1L Long Life Algaecide to pool water.
  8. If you have a Sand Filter add 200ml of Phosphate Remover to the skimmer basket for Cartridge Filters add 100ml, the reduced amount for Cartridges is to stop the element from blanketing with debris.
  9. Add 1 Zodiac Sparkle Clarifier Tablet to the skimmer basket (only for Sand Filters). 
  10. Broom the pool walls and floor and run for a 10 hour period.
  11. Adjust the pool timer to 6 hours (depending on pool size) and the Salt Water Chlorinator output to ensure a level of 1-2 ppm of free available chlorine.

If you have any questions please talk to one of our friendly staff at (07) 3396 4993 or email Bayside Pool & Spa directly.

Cloudy Swimming Pool Water

Cloudy Swimming Pool WaterWhat Causes cloudy pool water

Cloudy pool water can be caused by a number of factors, the most common are:

  • Incorrect water balance.
  • Large amounts of debris that have washed in or blown into the pool.
  • High amounts of oxidized material, usually occurring after shock treatment or super chlorination.
  • Problems associated with filtration and water turn over.

Problems associated with cloudy pool water.

  • Extreme cloudiness causing inability to swim
  • Discomfort and skin irritation.
  • Sore / red eyes.
  • Potential warning sign of the pool going green.

Read more: Cloudy Swimming Pool Water

How to calculate swimming pool size.

calculate swimming pool size rectangle

The following is a resource to calculate your pool size, an average size swimming pool is normally around 50,000 liters. If you have having trouble calculating the size of swimming pool or require it for any reason please do not hesitate to call (07) 3396 4993.

Rectangles and Square Swimming Pools

The equation for calculating your swimming pool size in Liters is quite simple. Length of the pool times the width by the average depth (L x W x D)

For any enquirers or require more information about calculating your swimming pool size please phone,
(07) 3396 4993. alternatively send us an email

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