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Old 09-15-2004, 11:53 PM   #1
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Mini Bow 5 Lighting

I hope this isn't too off-topic....

I have a Mini-Bow 5 gallon tank. It comes with a 15 watt incandescent light. Can I replace the incandescent light with a compact flourescent bulb? Will it fit in the ballast? I wanted to add some live plants to it.

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Old 09-16-2004, 12:00 AM   #2
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arent mini bows those plastic things they sell at walmart? err off topic. depends on if its screw in or not. ive never had one of those but if its screw in and not one of those tiny bulbs im sure it'll work. i dont know about a florscent tube light thingy that small. i only know of a 10 gallon full florescent.
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If there is room enough in the space, like Krap101 suggested, you can get a screw-in fluorescent (aka "pigtail fluorescent") that come in a variety of wattages but I have a 10w in my 5gal tank with an incandescent hood.

If you can get one with 6500K temp it won't have the yellowish appearance that the average pigtail bulb will give you. The bulb I use is All-Glass but I think Walmart sells one, don't they, Danny?
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My wal-mart carrys the 10watt screw in compact flourescent bulb that is 6500k. right there with the fish stuff.
incandescent lights dont have a ballast. If it will fit it should work just fine.
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I know that DrsFosterSmith.com sells the replacement compact flourescent bulbs for the mini bow tanks. you can try there to, however, I am pretty sure that the Walmart bulb is probably cheaper.
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Check your local lighting shop, too...there is one here that sells some really low-profile pigtail fluorescents (6500 or 8500K) for $5 each, or $3 each when they are on sale.
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