I just got done setting up a 10 gallon fish tank that a local feed store gave me for $5.00. It came with a filter, airstone and new tubing, heater, light, and new gravel.
So far, Swimmers likes being in the large tank and has been swimming a lot in the past hour. He also has been sniffing a lot at the heater, the new gravel, and the filter device. I gave him a pellet of food, but right now, he doesn't seem interested in it.
Anyway, I did have a question regarding the filter system. When I got the tank, it had a Tetra PF10 filter on it. It says in the inside of the filter lid that it takes Medium Whisper Bags. The tank never came with the filter bags, and I don't have enough money to get a package of them right now.
Is it safe to turn the filter on if I don't have bags for the inside of it? When I turned it on, it hummed loud, then is sounded like it was cycling in terms of noise. Does this mean that the filter is broken? The feed store said that it was used for about 4 months before they started selling the tanks, so it isn't old.
Any help would be great! I am still new to all of this.