Coldwater King: I read the thread, not a lot of experienced people posting about it unfortunatley. Like all the people who reported great sucess I too washed it once or twice to prevent it from clouding. Some people must have confused the substrate with something else though as one person mentions it was tough to plant plants in even at 3" deep. Either he did something incredibly wrong or I think mixed up his products as this is idiot proof in the sense of plantability...is that a word? In any event I've made a tank journal and will be following it's progression very closely. Unless the Eco-Compelete out proforms substantially I will always go with ActivFlora for it's ease of planting, carpeting, and just plain good unifrom black looks.
I've only recently grown DHG and HC and another plant a fellow PTF member gave me on a visit to his house. Glosso is the only one out of the 4 that I could even get to "carpet". I do have flying fox's (siamese algae eaters) in one tank and if they even looked at the plants they came up. Gave that plant another member had on here a try in some left over Eco-Complete and it failed within 3 days in large bowl with an airstone and 2 small feeder goldfish. Don't worry the feeder fish are "gone" now haha.
Here's some pics of my frustration I dealt with two weeks back.
Where the feeders went if you were wondering 0.0!
I always rinse any substrate I get. I know it says it contains .... and .... and you don't need to rinse but I always have. I typically rinse ActivFlora once or twice in a 5G bucket filled 1/3 at a time. Eco-Complete I usually rinse a few times as a lot of particles get trapped in the little crevices on the bigger pieces and it clouds more if I don't.
Heck, you've nearly got me sold on ActivFlora. I don't mind the look of Eco-Complete, but I do prefer the all-black look of the ActivFlora. And it's definitely been a pain in the arse to keep plants rooted in Eco-Complete, since it's so lightweight.
Of course, now I have to find the stuff, since I don't see it (in black, anyway) on Amazon...