So I have been mentioning this new soil for a while now and it is finally here and ready to be purchased through www.GreenLeafAquariums.com
in both Black and Red.
For those of you who have not heard about it here is the jist of it. I had sent samples of this soil to a couple big planted aquarium stores and to Tom Barr to test and try out. Great reviews! This soil is a combination of their Shrimp sand and Aqua Soil, the result is a great plant soil which is good for shrimp and improves on the break down problem that ADA and every other brand of soil on the market have. They do this throw the production process, if you get it you will notice that each grain of soil is denser. This also eliminates a lot of the mess from soils.
Here is what Tom Barr said on his thread about it:
"The size is now smaller than the old UP aqua soil.
Same nice black color, smaller grain sizing than the ADA AS, I'd say about 3-4 mm, good for finer foreground plants.
I redid a tank and did not even remove the soil recently using this product for a client. Very impressed with the lack of mess. Longevity is yet to tested, but the results so far seem much better than ADA when it comes to turning to mush/muck.
The trade off there is less NH4, but that's a simple solution to add more/KNO3 etc.
Some might suggest the harder grains are harder for plant roots to enter, but roots are pretty tough and bore right into rock. I doubt plant roots would have any problem with this, and it seems that it will hold together and last longer.
They also seem to have a better quality control system than ADA does on the soil which if viewing the past post over the years, has been variable/not without issues. I've yet to read a less than glowing review on this product line. Some in other countries have used it for about 3-4 years now without issues."