is this something that i can just screw into the incandescent fixture that came with the tank or do I need a new fixture?
Here are a couple pictures of each side of the tank... flourite substrate, anibus, water sprite, another floater I cannot recall the name of... I am probably forgetting something but maybe you can tell from the photos what all is in there. I also planted some top fin assorted bulbs yesterday, lol
A CFL bulb is the swirly bulb that most people use nowadays instead of the round bulbous ones. =] They're often called "Green" or "Eco-friendly".
They're made to screw into regular incandescent fixtures throughout the home. So yes it should screw into the incandescent socket in your tank. =]
You need to make sure you get one with a 6,500 Kelvin rating though. It'll tell you on the box what kind of K (Kelvin) rating it has.
If it doesn't say anything on the box about the Kelvin rating take the bulb out and look on the plastic part.
If it's not there look at the box again and it should say Daylight somewhere on the box. =]
You'll most likely need to look at your local Lowes or Home Depot though as I've not seen any daylight bulbs at my local walmart. Or at least not any lower wattage ones.
I was able to find at lowes CFL 6500K that comes in 13 w - it says this replaces a 60w bulb. I got two 13w bulbs since there are two sockets on the fixture to equal 26 watts. I am now confused though about the watts it (cfl) says it replaces... is this too much light now because it would be like replacing 120 watts? they also had cfl 7 watt bulbs...
It's a top fin brand 10 gallon kit that came with heater and all that good stuff... I got it at petsmart.
Thanks for reassuring me... I thought I was on the right track until I started to think about it too much, lol. The bulbs are in and it looks great! Thanks again!