Marine Substrate (aragonite) For Fancy Goldfish Tank?

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Hello,

I am new to fish-keeping and currently in the process of setting up my first 160 litres/42 gallon tank with the intention of placing some fancy goldfish in it. At the moment the tank is empty in the process of a fish less cycle.

I am thinking of having a sand substrate for the tank. I've been recommend by my LFS and purchased some Tidal Meridian Oolitc Aragonite sand from Seachem but I've noticed it's a marine substrate and it says it is a "substrate for all reef and marine aquaira." Would this sand be appropriate for my tank or will I have to purchase something else like pool filtration sand that other fish keepers use?

Tap water parameters:
pH is 7.4.
KH is 0-50ppm (2 drops using API test kit)

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Goldfish thrive at a pH of 7.2-7.6 and yours is 7.4 which is good. Aragonite raises pH, a little higher pH than perfect is ok though, as long as it doesn't get too high so keep an eye on that.
 
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Hi,

Thanks for replying! Will I be able to put plants in my tank with sand as my only substrate? Currently, I planning to use some silk artificial plants but might consider live plants in the future. Sorry for my lack of knowledge!

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There are some low tech plants that don't require any special substrate, added nutrients, light etc. and then there are some that require all of those things.
 
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Ok thank you.
 

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With goldfish I think the concern with plants is that they eat most plants. So I would do some research on goldfish resistant plants before adding anything to the tank. There is a goldfish subform here which might provide good tips. Good luck & welcome to the forum!
 
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