> (3) is there another substance i might consider using to do water scenery
> that will take color or is more effective than EZ water?
with floquil - and perhaps other lacquers. It can be put down in layers
with each colored a little differently if you choose. Otherwise it is
drawbacks - putting in wave action is delicate and time sensitive. it is
toxic (epoxy-like) and has an odor until it sets. It requires some care
in preparation to make sure the parts are thoroughly mixed. It has a
high viscosity so you have to be careful in trying to pour to a
waterline - the material will pile-up where you pour it and then settle
and rise above the expected water line. It is permanent - no re-melting
as with EZ water. It is expensive - I don't know how it compares with EZ
water for a given volume.
Good luck - sometimes you just have to do it!