eco does raise kh but it thought it was from the amazon black water.
We do have control over the material as it is a very distinct deposit both chemically and physically (note the unusual natural sphericity) and we own exclusive rights to its use. Properties do not vary within this singular deposit.
No geological deposit is homogenous throughout its body. There are sure to be impurities. The people Caribsea contract to extract this stuff are certainly unable to pick out carbonate grains... to ensure purity.Our material is basaltic in composition. Unlike the granitic /continental volcanic material you are used to seeing, basaltic material is rich in all of the nutritive elements necessary for good plant growth. We achieve nutrient delivery directly from the grains via a combination of high reactivity of the material (being geologically recent)
(Andesite is a type of lava tending to be less iron rich than basalt).Scoria: A vesicular rock, with holes caused by escape of gas bubbles just prior to eruption of the lava, typically occurring on the crust of lava flows, heavier and darker than pumice and likely to be of basaltic or andesitic composition.
I have always been skeptical of those claims. That's the reason I never used it.jsenske said:Yeah! Amazon black water!
I can't say I had the hardness issues, but I personally had nothing but problems with Eco-Complete. I have swords that have never done worse than when planted in the stuff. I am sure if you bolster it with a bunch of other additives you can get around the issues- but when I used it by itself- not good. When Amazon swords don't do well, something is definitely wrong. Where are all the nutrients that the package claims? What form? I don't mean to digress from the issue at hand- I just am very skeptical of this product- mostly due to the package "claims".