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For all you Fluval 13watt CFL lamp users.

Hi All,

Not sure exactly where this goes, but I thought nano tanks were appropriate since it's mostly used for this.

The fluval replacement bulbs are known to be about 14.00 each bulb.

I found out that the special plastic collar is removable and can be used to push any 2pin 13watt CFL light into it.

I also found a GREAT replacement bulb that is using 7000k at 13watts CFL and costs about 7 times less than the hagen fluval.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bayco-13W-...12230215302434

Here's the link. Though the prices vary, I found it tonight at my local walmart for approximately 2.45 per bulb so I bought 4 of them.

Since they recommend using light between 5500k to 10000k I figured when I saw 7000k it was a good buy at 2.45 it's a 13watt 120volt PCL. Should fit exactly into the plastic collar that can be removed if the bulbs go out.


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Thank you!!! After I bought this light I was disappointed to learn I needed to buy the fluval replacements.

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Thank you!!! After I bought this light I was disappointed to learn I needed to buy the fluval replacements.
One caveat -- the fixture is a Gx23 fixture, the fluval is a PL-13w fixture, you'll have to cut off the tabs and then just glue the collar onto the new light


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They're about $8 retail. You can buy an entirely new fixture for $25 retail.

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The fluval replacement bulbs are known to be about 14.00 each bulb.


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They're about $8 retail. You can buy an entirely new fixture for $25 retail.
I just saw the price change this morning, yeah the fixtures are coming down in price, use to be 33 -- the bulbs are still not worth it at 8.00 -- I found 10k bulbs with GX23 mounts. A small modification and we'll be A-OK since i can just shave off the mounts and it'll lock in.

ahsupply.com if anyone needs it as well -- I rather have 1x 7000k and 2x 10000k bulb -- should be better to view and for growth.


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Where are they 8 at retail?

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They're about $8 retail. You can buy an entirely new fixture for $25 retail.
couldn't find the fluval replacements with a quick web search earlier...
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Blah fluval is beginning to upset me, cannot buy replacement bulbs without having to saw off the plastic bits with a knife, cannot buy proprietary bulbs from them since they're not available. Bulb breaks in a week.

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Amazon has some for $11. :/

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They're available at Drs. Foster & Smith and dozens of other retailers.


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Amazon has some for $11. :/
No idea why I didn't find that, thanks! $11 seems high for a bulb, but ohwell

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How's $6.39?


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How's $6.39?
That's much nicer!

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Any of you guys have pictures to show the DIY?
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Here you are Ren. Xenxes has a shot of what was done to the bulb.

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Sorry to bump an old thread. I'm just wondering if anyone has new leads or insight for this topic.
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