Amazonia layers have gone solid
Five months ago, I replaced my Seachem Fluorite substrate with ADA Aquasoil Amazonia.
1. I find that if I disturb it in the slightest (such as putting in or taking out plants), it leaks a dust cloud that roams along the substrate.
2. It's no longer a loose soil, either. Everything under the topmost layer is solidified, it's nearly as hard as a brick and clumps together. If I'm not paying attention when I use my python and it sucks up substrate, inevitably it gets clogged by a thick clump of aquasoil.
Is this normal? If so, I can try to ignore it and place a topsoil of something else on top.