They may be made in different factories but my overall point is that these are unbelievably similar soils. And they are. I use both of themů and everything else imaginable.
The issue I have with the product is what you mention - its density. Meaning I'm typically paying more for it than I am alternatives that are lighter in weight. Either up front or with shipping costs.
It is a fancier version of Mr. Aqua and the other soils, as I said. Fancier, as in containing more clay and being rolled in/processed with cheap montmorillonite. There may also be a bit of montmorillonite inside the soil, as well, but that's less apparent.
It's good stuff and I use it (I'll likely even buy more of it from GLA in the future) but it is my opinion that it's overpriced on the market and that there are better alternatives. At least when it comes to diehard shrimp keeping and the benefits soils provide specifically for shrimp.
UP Aqua is definitely a cut above some of the others when it comes to plants, however.
Just my opinion.
Originally Posted by Green Leaf Aquariums
Actually, its not. They are made in completely different factories with completely different formulas. Pound for pound shrimp sand is far more dense due do to its ratio of clay to ash. Fluval,Mr.Aqua are all 100% ash based. They are much lighter, and not nearly as dense grain for grain. Same go's for Azoo. All of which we have had in hand and tested ourselves. These are only a fraction of the soils we have come into contact with throughout 10 years of experience with soil substrates. Ash based soils are light in nature, very soft and porous.
I can not same the same for ContoSoil,Nature Soil,Fluval,Mr.Aqua,Columbo,Brightwell Aquatic, and several others that are all made in the same factory.
Contro-Soil Makes almost every Ash based soil in the market.