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So, I have a tank that has been running fine without a filter for a couple of months, and with no upkeep for a couple of months. A single Betta lives in it, I haven't fed him since I introduced him into the tank since he hunts snails, but recently i've noticed the plants lower leaves have been turning brown, what happens if I leave them there?

Also, I'd like to keep the low maintenance route, can I add anything that will eat the dead matter?

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Snails will eat dead leaves. Otos and livebearers like platies will eat them too. Either the dead leaves or the poop from the critters eating them will be eaten by smaller critters and turned into mulm. Some mulm is essential.
 
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