Originally Posted by Gunther
Man I'm feeling aggro here and I'm a nice guy really. I'm just having a hard time with this eco, so don't take it personal.
I don't think anyone is taking it personally. This is your experience, and it happens to be a bad one. Most people are probably wondering what's wrong with your set, and why it's making this so cloudy. Are you dosing anything? I get cloudy water that goes away after a day when I replant or do maintance.
As for the fact that its sometimes really grainy, I agree. It's kinda hard to "gravel" clean Eco. You can't do it like normal, and stick your tubing over the the substrate. Instead you have to stir the stuff up a little first and then suck up the floating debris.
Compaction is an issue for most substrates I would say. Eco does have a tendency to have more compaction than others to do the smaller grain size.
As for the color..I like the color. Soilmaster looks like an ash tray from the pictures I seen. But it's all in the eye of the beholder eh?
Anyways what are your plans now? Are you going to try to figure out why your Eco is funky (I assume 'funky' b/c most people have good experiences), or are you going back to flourite?