As some of you may know, I used ADA substrate for the first time in my 220 gal. I purchased the Amazonia 'new' type and wanted to post my experience with it so far. It will be in use for 1 year the end of August this year, so approx 10 months old.
1. I really like the look. It is a very attractive substrate and gets positive comments from all who see it.
2. It does produce a large dust cloud based on how much uprooting you are doing. I combine this with large water changes so most is siphoned out.
3. I get good root growth on any species placed in the ADA. So, at least I can say it is not detrimental to it Seriously, it seems to produce better growth than I had with SIMILAR setup using basic flourite.
4. Is easy to work with, always keeping #2 in mind
I can't say much more than that, as I am still working out my gardening skills, so is not fair to fault the substrate. I cannot really give a better impression other than this until I work out my own c02./growth issues lol
That said, I do like it, does not seem to cause any issues whatsoever. Is it overpriced? Most likely but am glad I got it and the experiece so far in working with it is positive.
Just to counter some of the scary web stories re: ADA new type.