Yes, this is in the same vein as many other similar posts, but I'm not finding out what I need to know, so..
I was reading about the quality control issues, and so had a look at mine (just bought them last week..
Indeed, the granules are quite large, like pea gravel, and there is some, but not very much silty soil-type granules at all.. And you will notice the red gravel..
Maybe I SHOULD take it back, and spend a little more on some ADA Aquasoil?
The Aquasoil is supposed to take the pH and hardness down, though, and if my water will ALREADY be acidic and soft being R/O and tap water..
Is this how the Eco-complete that everyone raves about supposed to look??
The layer underneath either the 2" of either Eco or the ADA Aquasoil will be laterite, then under THAT CaribSea Tahitian Moonsand (to cover the substrate cable heater and distribute the heat more evenly)
Thanks in advance for any and all comments..