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Question Heater died. So, did my plants??

Recently my Aqueon Pro 250 watt heater died (after a water change). Well I did not notice for a day or two, and so the water temperature went from around 81 to somewhere about 75 (maybe lower?, I am not certain).

As a result it looks like all the leaves on my Crypts. (they are either parva or wendtii, I can not remember which) died back. Does this mean that the entire plant is dead, and I should dig them up so they do not go to rot in the substrate, or did they just get hit with a “winter chill” and will recover from the temperature shock?

55 Gallon beginner planted tank, I have had Mikrogeophagus ramirezi spawn for me more than once. Low light, w/o fertilizers
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forgot to turn the heater off when changing water?

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Hi Michael,if the crypts were planted or replanted recently I would call it crypt melt because they don't like being moved once established but they will usually come back, a temperature of 70-75 should not effect them much after such a short time.I would wait for a week or so and see what happens.

Jester makes a good point if the water is going to be below the heater element while changing water the heater should be turned off or un-plugged

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I have almost burnt out my heater many times by almost forgetting


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No, I have my Heater horizontal about 5 inches above my gravel. So I KNOW that the water level did not drop below where the heater was.

And no, the crypts. have been in the tank for about 3 months.

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75' and your plants die?
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I've seen Crypts melt for no apparent reason, then re-grow back as if nothing had ever happened. Give it some time.
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75' and your plants die?
That was sort of my question, and this was only in regards to my Crypts. the Anubias Nana and Echinodorus amazonicus appear relatively unaffected.

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I have almost burnt out my heater many times by almost forgetting
That's why I have my entire tank on two master kill switches. One for heaters, pumps, CO2, etc. and one for lights.

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