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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-12-2004, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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screw in compact flourecent?

I have a 5 gallon tank that I am setting up and it has a 10 watt screw in power compact. I was wondering if anyone new if or where I could get a 20 watt screw in? also where is the cheapest place to get a small compact flourecent fixture for the tank? we sell them at the LFS where I work for 35 dollar but they are only like 9 watts or something. any help would be great. thanks.
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I have a 5 gallon tank that I am setting up and it has a 10 watt screw in power compact. I was wondering if anyone new if or where I could get a 20 watt screw in? also where is the cheapest place to get a small compact flourecent fixture for the tank? we sell them at the LFS where I work for 35 dollar but they are only like 9 watts or something. any help would be great. thanks.
35 bucks! Wow!
Hardware stores, my man. Head to Home Depot if you can, because they seem to be the only store that actually shows their bulbs plugged in. My girlfriend found some great blueish looking "cool" screw-ins (they had a fat base though - no good for a canopy where they are parallel inside the light hood). I believe hers are 23W.

9W isn't too bad for a 10 gallon though, if you had a pair. More would be ideal, of course. We sell the Envirolite screw-in bulbs at 11W, 13W, 15W and up, but the 15W, IIRC, are the biggest ones that will fit into an incandescent hood.

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23 watt philips screw-in cfs at home depot $11 ea. cdn.
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23 watt philips screw-in cfs at home depot $11 ea. cdn.
I bet we're thinking of the same bulbs, Rosko. Great colour appearance on tanks but I guess rather unfriendly in a living room fixture.
The only problem with those is that they won't screw into the sideways-style incandescent fixture that you always used to see on small aquariums; there just isn't enough clearance around the mogul.

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I just made my own hood, made it to fit around these lights. It's too bad they don't fit into the stock incandescent fixtures.
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I found a place online that has bulbs up to 65 w, full spectrun. I olan on using them on my 29.
www.fullspectrumsolutions.com/compact.htm
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I have one 10 gallon strip that has the reflectors removed and it fits the 19 watt spiral screw-in daylight bulbs that Home Depot carries ($8?). The other that still has the reflectors only is able to hold the 10 watt u-tube daylight screw-ins from the Walmart pet department ($5?).

Online stores carry a fixture that clips on the side of the tank and holds a 7 watt or 9 watt bulb ($18 and $28, IIRC) Check DrsFosterSmith.com

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