I've kept fish for 8 years but I'm terrible at all of the equipment stuff.
I got a used 24 gallon tank yesterday from a friend & the filter seems a bit iffy. It worked fine at my friends but I took it all apart when I got it home, gave the sponges a very brief wash in a bucket of tank water because they were covered in dead pest snails & put it back together.
It seems to work but it gives a sudden "woosh" about every 30 seconds. That's the best way I can describe it. Should I just give the sponges a wiggle? The suction cups on the filter are so strong so I can't take the whole thing out.
Also, the water smells quite chemically & plasticy, I did only put it in yesterday but is that normal? Is it ammonia? It's still a bit cloudy & the gravel from my lfs
was really dirty & I washed it about 5 times & it was still really dusty so I just put it in the tank & hoped the filter would sort it out.
I'm going to be using all of the gravel from my old tank to get it up & running quicker. I really need to get my fish in as soon as possible as their current tank is far too small.
I tested the water & it came back as:
- 0 or 10, it was hard to tell
So my questions come down to these:
What's up with the filter?
Why does the water smell weird?
Are the parameters okay to put my fish in?
Thanks in advance