Dying Plants And Tank Parameters

  1. BlissfulBetta Well Known Member Member

    This may be a stupid question, but I have a bunch of aquarium plants that died and then just sat in the water for a week while I was away (I forgot to ask the person who fed my fish to turn on and off the aquarium light) I removed most of the dead plant matter, but is it possible this caused an ammonia spoke or something similar? Should I test my water? I will be doing a water change today. My tank is 10 gallons and houses a betta and two Nerite snails, and is cycled.
  2. maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    Any major die off can cause an imbalace in your water chemistry. Fortunately, removing the dead material and doing a water change will almost always put things right.
  3. BlissfulBetta Well Known Member Member

    Thank you!:) I did a 50% water change and siphoned out any dead plant matter. Should I still do a water test? I didn't test my water before doing the water change because it was time for a water change anyway.
  4. maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    It can't hurt. And it will reassure you that everything is back on track.