A bubble filter? Is that a sponge filter?
First rule of fishkeeping - do not trust the petstore. OK, doing weekly water changes is probably the 1st rule but not trusting pet shop employees is a close 2nd. I learned that one the hard way when some idiot high school kid at petco told me to keep the filter running for 24 hours and come back to buy fish tomorrow because tomorrow my tan would be cycled. The next day he tried to sell me a common pleco because i HAD to have it to eat the poop and debris in the tank (which was either a 2.5 or 5G mini bow). He also told me I never had to change the water because the filter would remove all the nasty stuff from it. He also forgot to tell me i NEEDED to use water conditioner. After killing 5 fish in less then 25 hours ALL with the same symptoms, I decided to search out information elsewhere. At least I was smart enough to not buy the common pleco. I think they were being poisioned by whatever fairbanks had in their tap water..It was nasty to drink, I would hate to have to live in it untreated
Last edited by Tikibirds; 02-27-2013 at 03:17 AM.