I agree CL and Frosty, I do need a more dramatic slope. The problem is I used the whole bag of substrate so thats all I have to work with. I should be able to slope it a little more and just have a real shallow foreground. Would that be bad for the plants to have, say, a half inch of substrate up front? I'll do a little rescape and post a pic later today.
Zoo, obviously I don't have any water in the tank yet so its tough to tell any difference. But the description/info on the bag of the AZOO they said it won't cloud the water. It really can't possibly be worse than my experience with aquasoil. As for the looks, they are very similar. The Azoo may have slightly smaller pieces, but its very similar.