Doesn't like Kool-Aid
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Hawthorne, New Jersey
I am not sure of your evaluations, Fishboy.
Just about everyone who has used Aqua Soil likes it. It has more nutrients than Eco-Complete, particularly when used in conjunction with Power Sand. It is lightweight, and you will need to order it online. You shouldn't have cloudy or muddy water, not to the extent I think you have an impression of. I had a tinge of color to my water, but not much more than that. It won't be muddy like an unrinsed bag of Flourite.
Eco-Complete is a good substrate, but it is not full of nutrients. I didn't dose NPK with Aqua Soil for quite some time ( I still run lead after several months), but had to dose straight away with Eco-Complete. Easy to manipulate through? Not exactly sure what you mean by that, but Aqua Soil is the best substrate I have ever planted in.
The choice is yours, but I think the conclusions you have drawn had some short comings. I hope I helped.