So, my sister has had a gold fish in a bowl for the longest time. She's refused to move it, since she was afraid that the cats would eat it, and she didn't have room on the surfaces in her room for a bigger tank. I talked her into moving it into another room, and sprung for a 10 gallon tank with a lid for it. I bought the filter, air pumps, water conditioner, and all that other good stuff, but am having trouble with the filter.
To be straight up about it, I think I fried it right away. I've never kept/taken care of fish before, though, so I thought I would ask around.
I assembled the filter according to the directions, filled it with water, and then plugged it in. It ran for about 2 seconds, then shut off. After poking at it for a minute, I decided to disassemble it. I looked it over, didn't see anything wrong (at least to a very untrained eye), and put it back together, refilled it, then plugged it back in. The first time I did this, it started up for another 2 seconds. Then shut off. I've done this a couple more times since then, and now it simply won't turn on at all.
Has anyone experienced this problem, or could anyone tell me what I might've done wrong, or what I should be looking for to figure out what IS wrong?
It's a brand new filter, new out of the box. I want to make sure that it's dead as a door nail before I go out and buy another one. I also want to get the fish into the tank as soon as possible, though, and I can't even start that until I've conditioned/cycled the tank. Also should probably include that the filter is an external filter. It's a large box that hangs on the outside, with a pipe that loops down into the water.
EDIT: I also just took it apart again, and reassembled. Now it will turn on, but no water will come out. I have the tube/pipe submerged, so not sure what that means.