I hate to use the word , [can we call it naive?] but call it what you will. Again, using "7" extra products is not only costly [cause we all know by the time you add all the extra's to their base your nutes they are very expensive] but isn't the whole idea of using AN because they are "cheap"?
AN does not claim to be a "better" product, only cheaper.
That is the reason I see a lot of people go to their line because they are about 30% cheaper than GH, and Big Mike uses that reason solely to sell his inferior products. Then he sells all these extra products with the fancy colorful labels at twice to sometimes three times the cost as the closest competitor making you spend tons of extra cash.
My nutes are Flora Bloom, and Flora micro for the base. I add Protek Silica because I use an RODI for my make up water so all silica is removed in that process so it is needed and would be with any base product. It also helps at keeping PH stable.
I also add liquid Kool Bloom and recently started adding the product Sugar Daddy but tbh I see no real benefit from it so when it is done it will be gone.
I'm not here to tell anyone who uses the stuff to change what your doing. Quite frankly I really don't care if you like to spend tons of cash on nutes, but this thread was asking for feedback on AN and my feedback is you can do a whole lot better for a lot less money.
And lastly, no Surfinc you are correct, the additives are doing something. They are making up for everything the base nutes don't do as a stand alone product you can do in other lines. AN was also able to get you to "buy in" to their cheaper than GH motto then sell you tons of extras through their advertising and pretty bottles of snake oil, so hats off to them and grabbing another victim.