Help with fluval 106? This is my first canister filter..
I might be stupid, I'm probably missing something... Maybe there's something wrong with my tubing. Whatever it is, I'm scared to touch my canister filter right now and the instructions that came with it are confusing me. Hopefully someone here will be kind enough to help me.
I picked up the Fluval 106 from Petsmart today.. I got in the car and opened it to make sure everything was there - it wasn't. The hose was missing and this was the only 106 in stock so I was unable to exchange it. They had a spare hose for a 306/406 and gave it to me to try and said to come back to exchange it if I need to next week when they get them in stock again. I'm seeing online that a lot of people just go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy replacement tubing anyways, so if the problem is my tubing, I'll just do that.
At any rate.. I put the whole thing together as per the instructions. I am having an extremely hard time getting the output and input pieces to connect to the tubing..
I filled the canister halfway with water cause that's what I'd read a few places online.. Started pumping the primer thing.. I can hear water coming into the filter but there are no bubbles coming out the intake. There are occasional, tiny tiny bubbles coming out of the intake where the hose connects.. But nothing out of the output. Stupid me got up to inspect the tubes while water was filling the filter, and it started pouring out water from the canister itself - is this normal? I freaked out.. Got everything disconnected and stopped the water. I emptied the whole canister, hooked everything back up and started manually priming again - this time starting with an empty canister. I pumped it probably 5-7 times.. I can hear water flowing in but still no bubbles. I'm scared to keep pumping so I stopped.. The water stopped flowing into the canister and I have been looking online to try to figure out what it is that I am missing.
Can anyone help me? Is it me, the filter, the tubing.. All of the above?
Sorry for being a total newb at this! I usually just use sponge filters