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Care and Maintenance for your Tracker

Sunlight, water, and pool chemicals create a harsh environment. Your Tracker will remain in the best possible condition with care and regular maintenance.

To properly care for your unit:

1. Remove the Tracker from the pool before shock treatment and reinstall it at least four hours later.
2. The weir basket, pump basket, cartridge, and sand filter (whichever is applicable) should be
cleaned regularly to ensure optimum pool cleaner efficiency.
3. Before backwashing your filter, always disconnect the hose from the weir.
4. Never “coil” the hose; always store them straight.
Note: Your pool cleaner will discolour over time, keeping the unit’s performance the same.
5. Large foreign objects, such as toys and branches, should be removed manually from the pool cleaner.

Pools have a filtration system that keeps the pool water filtered and clean. In basic terms, the “heart” of this system is your pool’s pump. The pump is responsible for pulling and pushing water and filtering out debris. The pump sucks water into the skimmer; as the water flows through, a filter collects dirt and debris. Finally, the pump pushes the freshly filtered clean water back into your pool.



Baracuda recommends the following water chemistry readings for optimal performance of any pool equipment

Pool Type


Free Chlorine (ppm)

Cyanuric Acid (ppm)

Calcium Hardness(ppm)

Total Alkalinity (ppm)


7.4 -7.6

2 – 4 ppm

40 ppm

200 – 250 ppm

80 – 125 ppm

Vinyl/ Fibreglass Painted


2 – 4 ppm

40 ppm

175 – 225 ppm

125 – 150 ppm

* When using chemicals, always follow manufacturer’s directions and follow the advice of your pool professional. Always use protective clothing, gloves and glasses. Store and use chemicals out of the reach of children.


WARNING: To avoid serious injury, make sure that the cleaner is disconnected from the hose and the suction pump is turned off prior to starting this operation.

1. Push the yellow release button on the top of the cleaner.

2. Rotate the top cover back until it clicks into an upward position.
3. Look into engine and remove debris that is present.
4. If needed, slowly push engine paddles forward and/or backwards to move stuck debris to an accessible position and then remove it. When moving the engine paddles, make sure the cleaner tracks are allowed to move freely as they will turn as the engine paddles rotate.
5. Close top cover and ensure it clicks into place.

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Everything You Need to Know About Suction Cleaners

As a pool owner, you’ve probably heard of a suction pool cleaner — one of the three main types of automatic cleaners. Automatic cleaners are the easiest and most effective way to maintain your pool. A suction pool cleaner is an automatic option that’s quiet, simple and cost-effective.

When finding the right pool cleaner for you, knowing your pool’s unique needs and how different pool cleaners work is important. Let’s dive deep into one of the market’s most popular automatic suction pool cleaners.

What is a Suction Pool Cleaner?
A suction pool cleaner is a simple cleaner that uses your pool’s existing filtration system to keep everything clean. It connects directly to your skimmer or a dedicated suction line that pulls water into the pump. The cleaner then moves around the pool, suctioning up sediment and debris and sending it to the pump filter basket and the pool filter.

Pools have a filtration system that keeps the pool water filtered and clean. In basic terms, the “heart” of this system is your pool’s pump. The pump is responsible for pulling and pushing water and filtering out debris. The pump sucks water into the skimmer; a filter collects dirt and debris as the water flows through. Finally, the pump pushes the freshly filtered clean water back into your pool.

Is a Suction Pool Cleaner Right for Me?
Your dedicated pool professional is the best person to answer this question. While suction pool cleaners are accessible and affordable, they aren’t right for everyone or every pool.

Ensuring that your suction pool cleaner is compatible with your pool type and finish is essential. Also, consider what kind of debris your cleaner will encounter regularly. Not all suction cleaners can handle larger items like leaves, pine cones or twigs.

Suction-side pool cleaners are terrific at picking up small-to-medium-sized debris such as fine sediment, seeds, dirt, silt, algae and small leaves. Models vary, but Baracuda‘s suction-side models are safe to use on fibreglass, tile, concrete and vinyl pools. There is a Baracuda suction cleaner for in-ground pools of every size.

Main Benefits of Baracuda Suction Cleaners:
Baracuda Tracker and Baracuda Ranger cleaners are marked above the rest when looking for the best suction pool cleaner. These suction-side pool cleaners offer many clear benefits, including:

  1. They run using your pool’s existing filtration system
  2. They feature cyclonic scrubbing brushes for superior cleaning
  3. They climb walls and scrub at the waterline to remove stuck-on debris
  4. They’re safe to use on most pool types
  5. They’re quiet and operate on their own
  6.  No extra storage basket is required
  7. You can use them as often as necessary
  8. They’re terrific at picking up small-to-medium debris

A suction pool cleaner has many advantages. Remember that these cleaners rely exclusively on the main pool pump and filtration system and must be manually connected to the hose each time you use them.
Suction-side cleaners aren’t the only type of automatic pool cleaners available through Baracuda. There are also robotic cleaners. These cleaners present unique benefits, which we’ll discuss in an upcoming article.

Making the Right Choice:

Automatic pool cleaners are effective tools for keeping your pool clean while eliminating the hassle of manual cleaning. If you’re looking for the best suction pool cleaner on the market, Baracuda’s suction-side cleaners are the right choice.

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How to Keep Your Ranger Operating Efficiently

Your Ranger relies on the filtration system to operate efficiently as a pool accessory connected to the suction line. Follow these simple maintenance tips:

1. The weir basket, pump basket, cartridge filter, and sand filter (whichever is applicable) should be thoroughly cleaned regularly to ensure optimum pool cleaner efficiency. N.B. Always disconnect the hose from the weir or vacuum line before backwashing your filter.

2. Always store your BARACUDA Long-Life Twist Lock Hose in a straight line – never coil or leave the hose coiled in the sun.

3. Periodically inspect parts for wear. The Flexi-foot Disc and Deflector Wheel are the most critical. As the Disc wears, it begins to curl at the outer edges. When the depth of the channels between the treads on the Flexi-foot is 3mm or less, replace the Flexi-foot.

4. In the event of an object becoming stuck in the Diaphragm, clear it quickly and easily by following the simple instructions laid out for Diaphragm maintenance under Section 3 – Quick Release Cassette System shown on your Owners Manual.

5. To maintain optimum performance from your Ranger, we recommend that your Cassette Diaphragm is reset when required. (See Section 3 – Quick Release Cassette System, step 5 – Owners manual ).

Sunlight (UV rays), pool chemicals, and other harsh conditions can take their toll on your Ranger and other pool accessories.

pH is Very Important
pH is a simple numerical scale indicating the water’s acid / alkaline balance. A pH value of 7.0 denotes neutrality, i.e. neither acid nor alkaline. High pH values (above 7.0) denote alkaline conditions, and low pH values (below 7.0) denote acidic conditions.

To extend the lifespan of your APC:
1. Ensure your pH is always between 7.0 and 7.6*, as recommended. pH levels higher or lower than the recommended levels are detrimental to most types of plastics and rubbers and will seriously damage your Ranger.
2. Remove your Ranger from the pool before chemical shock treatment and only reinstall it after a minimum of four hours.
3. Follow these recommended water balance levels*
Chlorine: 1.0 – 2.0ppm pH Levels: 7.0 – 7.6 Total Alkalinity: 80 – 120ppm

*Values may vary within their ranges, depending on the pool surface, i.e. concrete, fibreglass or vinyl.

NOTE: Due to the harsh environment in which your pool cleaver operates, your Ranger may discolour during normal
use over a period of time. This will not affect the cleaning performance of your unit.

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Baracuda Ranger Troubleshooting

Baracuda Troubleshooting Tips:

Follow these troubleshooting tips for the Baracuda Ranger, and your pool cleaning schedule will never be interrupted again.

Our Baracuda pool experts provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Baracuda pool cleaner below, including: 

Your Ranger does not reach the shallow end of the pool or moves in a fixed pattern.

Is the hose long enough?

Is the hose affected by the return flow?

Are the hose lengths straight?

Add more sections of the hose.

Adjust the return outlet towards the bottom of the pool to make sure that the jet of water does not influence the direction of the Ranger hose.


Your Ranger climbs above the water level.

Your Ranger does not climb the walls easily.

Is there too much suction? Is there sufficient suction?

Check that the Auto Weir Valve is not blocked by leaves and preventing the water from flowing through the Auto Weir Valve.

Adjust Auto Weir Valve setting (Refer to correct settings on the owners manual)

Make sure the filter is clean.

Adjust Auto Weir Valve setting (Refer to correct setting provided on the owners manual)

Your Ranger is sticking to corners or at the steps.Check the hose length (Refer to the owner’s manual).

Return to your nearest pool store for checking.

Remove the Cassette unit from the main body and rinse both to flush

out debris.


Pool Tips

7 Tips for Maintaining Your Pool Equipment During Power Cuts

Maintaining your pool equipment during power cute, aka load shedding, can be challenging, but with the right knowledge, you can ensure that your pool stays clean and functional even during an outage. Here are useful tips on how to maintain your during load shedding: 

1. Be Prepared: 
Have a plan in place before a power cut occurs. Ensure you have backup power sources such as generators, solar panels or batteries. Check that they are in good working condition and they are on standby. 

2. Cover your pool:
Use a pool cover to prevent debris from entering your pool during power cuts. This will also reduce the maintenance required when the power comes back on.

3. Turn off your pool equipment:
Switch off your pool equipment at the main switch during a power outage. This will help prevent damage to your equipment when power is restored. 

4. Keep the pool water circulating:
If you have a backup power source, use a battery-operated pool or generator-powered pump. This will reduce the possibility of stagnation and algae growth.

4. Keep the pool water circulating:
If you have a backup power source, use a battery-operated pool or generator-powered pump. This will reduce the possibility of stagnation and algae growth.

6. Keep the pool clean:
Keep the pool clean by clearing any debris in the water during the power outage. Doing this may lessen the strain on your pool filtration and prevent equipment damage. 

7. Check the equipment:
Check the equipment after the power is back on. After the power is back on, ensure the pool’s equipment is all in working order. This will assist in locating any possible problems that have developed during the power cut. 

In conclusion, maintaining your pool’s equipment during a blackout can be difficult. Still, with the correct planning and information, you can ensure that your pool is kept sanitised and operational during that time. Using the above tips, you can reduce the effects of a power outage on your pool and continue to use it while there is a power outage.

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Importance of Circulation

How Can I Increase My Pool’s Circulation?

One of the most critical components of a healthy swimming pool and spa is circulation, which is necessary for continuing pool upkeep. Circulating involves pumping water around the pool to travel through the filtration system and be cleaned. Additionally, it aids in the dispersion of any chemicals you apply to the water, resulting in excellent pool coverage and thorough cleansing.

A few simple steps can be taken to increase circulation in your pool, beginning with angling the return jet(s) in a way that will produce a whirlpool effect. If your pool has just one jet, it’s best to point it downwards toward the skimmer’s opposite side. This will stir up the water on your pool’s floor and circulate the water.

Clean Pump & Filter

Debris can block your plumbing, filter, and pump basket after weeks and months of use (s). Your pool may need better circulation due to congestion if you find it difficult to keep it clean.

Dead Spaces

Dead areas are regions of your pool where the circulation is inadequate or where the circulation is typically neglected. These areas comprise:

  1.  Around pool steps.
  2. In cracks, creases and crevices.
  3. Underneath skimmer(s).
  4. Around ladders.
  5. Deep, sharp corners in your pool’s frame.

These dead zones can occasionally be avoided. Although you can aim your return jets in these directions, you might have to manually clean these areas with a pool brush or an automatic cleaner.

How long should your pump be running?

A pool pump is a need since circulation is crucial to pool maintenance. The heart of your circulation system and your pool is your pump. Ensure you:

  1. Keep the skimmer and pump basket(s) free of debris. 
  2. Angle your return jet(s) to spin the water in a circular motion. 
  3. Point at least one jet towards the bottom of the pool. 
  4. Brush your pool at least once weekly to get all the dead spots.
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Difference Between Pool Pump & Filter

The quick answer is that your pool’s circulation is maintained by the pool pump and filter, which together keep your pool clean. 

What do pumps do?

The heart of your circulation system and your pool is your pump. Circulating involves pumping water around the pool to travel through the filter and be cleaned of dirt and debris. Your pool needs circulation because it aids in the following:

  • Eliminate impurities from the water
  • Return the pool’s heated water with a pump (if a heater is being used)
  • and more effectively distributing pool chemicals throughout the water.

The impeller, a fan-like device, the pump basket, and the water discharge make up the pump. The pump basket catches trash and leaves. The connection point, the discharge, forces water from the pump into the filter’s housing. Pool pumps should typically run for about:

  • In the summer, 8–10 hours every day
  • In the winter, 4-6 hours every day

Why do we filter?

The filtration system’s goal is to ensure that all water is passed through the filter to get rid of invisible impurities and keep the pool safe and sanitary. Additionally, it guarantees that the water temperature is maintained consistently and that the sanitiser is well-blended and disseminated.

Filtration that is in good condition and of the right size eliminates particles from pool water, which helps to lessen murky or foggy water.

Water is filtered through a media that collects particles but allows liquid to pass through. At Baracuda, we emphasise two categories of filters:

  1. Cartridge filters: These devices use the surface filtering technique and are economical and energy efficient. A cartridge filter typically consists of a cylindrical tank with a detachable pleated filter element through which water is filtered. Because of their huge surface area and ability to work at lower speeds, cartridge filters may remove particles as small as 10 microns.
  2. Media filters: Ideal for pool owners who wish to spend less time maintaining their pool because they employ the depth filtering procedure. Media filters are spherical tanks that may hold several kinds of filtration media. The media filter, which catches minute particles while still allowing the water to pass through and return to the pool, receives water from the pool by pumping it into it.

No matter which pump and filter are used for the job, they must be kept in good condition to guarantee that they constantly perform to their capacity and prolong their service life. 

Getting Started

8 Common Pool Care Mistakes to Avoid

Pool upkeep involves various tasks, some of which are simpler than others. While making errors is necessary for learning, some mistakes can endanger pool owners. You can maintain your pool safer, cleaner, and more effectively, operating with less mess and aggravation if you educate yourself on typical pool care errors.

  • Adding shock to pool water

Concentrated chlorine is essentially what we refer to as a “pool shock” chemical. Anything that enters your pool can be bleached by chlorine at high concentrations. If your pool has a vinyl liner, adding shock directly to the water can be disastrous. The shock grains will bleach out your liner and sink to the bottom. Leaks are caused by the bleached region becoming brittle and weak. Before shocking your pool, pre-dissolve the chemical in a pail of water. Doing this will distribute the shock more equally throughout the water, safeguarding your pool’s liner, walls, and bottom.

  • Cleaning algae with an automated cleaner

Pool algae management is challenging enough. When vacuuming is added to the list, you might switch out your pool for a less maintenance-intensive option. Even though it takes a bit more work, it’s simple to fix this extremely typical pool maintenance mistake. It will be necessary to use the manual vacuum. Remove the drain stopper or set your filter to “waste.” Be aware that while you are losing some water, you are also losing the algae.

Disregarding pH and alkalinity values

Your pool water is particularly acidic if the pH is very low. Your swimming pool’s equipment, such as:

  1. Pump and filter for the pool.
  2. Heater.
  3. Automatic pool cleaner.
  4. Chemical feeder.
  5. Tools for maintenance.
  6. Solar blanket.

Your pH remains steady when acidity and alkalinity are balanced. Make sure you test your pool water frequently because anything may quickly alter the chemistry of the water. Once everything is back in balance, adjust your levels with a pH increaser, an alkalinity increaser, and other crucial chemicals.

  • Adding shock to the skimmer

Your filtration system could blow up if you do this. Chlorine and calcium hypochlorite, sometimes known as dichlor pool shock, produce a dangerous gas. Suppose you pour shock into the skimmer and have an automatic chlorinator connected to your filter system. In that case, the two chemicals will interact in very little space and have a lethal outcome. Keep your pool shock and skimmer a far, long way apart. Always add shock as the manufacturer directs while donning the necessary safety gear.

  • Shocking pool during the day

When shocking your pool, the daytime is ideal for relaxing in it. Unstabilised chlorine is a shock. The sun will burn out 1 ppm per hour, which is unsuitable for pool shock, decreasing the effectiveness of your chemicals and costing you money. To give your pool shock the time it needs to work, shock at night.

  • Not leveraging calcium hardness.

A clear, clean, and secure swimming pool depends on the calcium hardness of your water is balanced, like pH. And while too much will cause the water to become cloudy, a little hardness is beneficial. It helps make materials like vinyl liners, concrete, plaster, fibreglass, and filters endure longer.

To keep your calcium hardness at the advised range of 175 ppm to 225 ppm, you can use a calcium hardness increaser (200 ppm to 275 ppm for concrete and plaster pools). When you open your pool, add it to reach the desired level. Throughout the swimming season, keep checking it since splash out and evaporation can cause the levels to fall dangerously low.

  • Need to run the pool system more.

Run the pool pump and filter for at least eight hours each day. This should be sufficient time for all of the water to travel through the filter, maintaining clearer water, depending on the size of your pool.

  • Not testing water regularly.

One of the most crucial pool maintenance procedures is your weekly water testing, which can alert you to minor chemistry problems before they turn into severe catastrophes. So, using test strips or a liquid test kit, we advise testing your pool’s water at least once each week. Once a month, at the very least, take a sample of your pool’s water to your neighbourhood pool supply business for a thorough study.

The primary levels you should be testing for are: 

  1. pH and alkalinity.
  2. Calcium hardness.
  3. Chlorine stabiliser.
  4. Levels of sodium and total dissolved solids (TDS).
  5. Iron and copper.
Getting Started

How Does a Swimming Pool Work?

Knowing how your pool system functions can make it easier for you to diagnose any issues and lay the groundwork for understanding each piece of equipment, such as a pump, filter, or heater.

So how do they function?

The pump powers a continual cycle of water movement in the pool. The pump, which has an electric motor and an impeller, moves water through skimmers at the top of pools and sumps at the bottom to transport it to the filter. After that, the return nozzles get clean, filtered water (a series of small valves placed around the pool).

The water first flows through a plastic pre-filter in the shape of a basket to prevent the pump from getting clogged. This is done to prevent leaves and other debris from obstructing the system or the pump.

The water travels from the pump to the filtration system, eliminating most minute dirt particles. Water is filtered via a layer of tiny glass or sand particles. Even very small dirt particles are trapped by these particles, although water can still pass through them. The pool’s outflow pipe is then used to re-enter the sparkling-clean filtered water. But as time passes, the filter bed will gather more and more dirt, necessitating replacement every year or two.

The filtering system removes the waste that algae and bacteria feed on. This works with sanitisation, the second essential pool system function, to keep your pool tidy and appealing. The bacteria and algae that enter your pool are directly destroyed by sanitisation. Installing a chlorinator, as shown in the diagram, is an automatic and economical sanitiser. The right amount of chlorine is regularly measured and dosed into your pool by chlorinators, keeping it safe, healthy, and sparkling blue.