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It's going to skyrocket your pH and KH. Not ideal for most plants or freshwater fauna (African rift lake cichlids and a few other exceptions apply). I had an African planted tank for several years and a few things did quite well in it, but I have far better luck using water on the soft side.
 

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Could always go the lighter sand/gravel route with lots of coated shell pieces mixed in. That would provide a similar aesthetic without the water parameter shenanigans.

There are tons of cheap shell options online for buying in bulk. Even tiny spiral ones like ceriths that would look nice without being crushed. May not even impact water parameters.
 
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