Fluval Mini Power Compact Lamp - 13W
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- Full-spectrum, 13-watt, compact fluorescent bulb with a high CRI value that mimics natural light
- Allows accurate views of plants, invertebrates and fish in their natural colors
- Reccomended for aquariums 3.9 to 7.9 gallons, including the Fluval's EBI Nano Shrimp Habitat and Fluval's Flora Aquatic Plant Kit
- Bracket is easily secured to glass aquariums up to 6 millimeters
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The Fluval Mini Power Compact Aquarium Lamp provides high-efficiency lighting specifically designed for small aquariums. The Fluval Mini Power Compact Aquarium Lamp features a highly polished internal reflector for maximum aquarium light level, two separate pivotal controls that let you adjust the position of the light vertically and horizontally, and a conveniently-located on/off switch. It also supports plant growth in small aquariums.
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The swivel feature makes it easy to move around for tank maintenance. But don't get it if you have a thick rim on the tank. its made for rimless, but if you are handy/crafty, I suppose you could make some mods to get it fitting.
I am growing java fern, java moss, Ludwigia repens, Elodea, Rotala Indica, dwarf red lily, and a marimo moss ball with this light.
Update: I did end up getting one more and have been double-rockin' for quite some time now. Both lights have preformed admirably. Plants doing well.
13w is a great size for almost any desktop aquarium under 5 gallons - I'm running a 2.5g with primarily Duckweed and Wisteria, populated with about 50 RCS and several Yellow Jacket Endlers.
Lamp is sturdy, but the bracket is a little lacking. About 6-8 months into owning the lamp, the plastic bracket (with nylon screws...) began to crack. This probably happened because I would move the lamp up and down about once a week, to remove the plastic lid of my aquarium to do aquarium maintenance. Now, whenever I move the lamp, I make sure i use one hand to hold the bracket and the other hand to move the lamp up or down, so that no stress is on the bracket.
When my bracket broke, however, I emailed Fluval from the website and sent a picture of the broken bracket, and they sent me a new bracket for free, So great customer service on this lamp as well.
Besides the bracket, the lamp itself is great - the bulb is strong and consistent and a good spectrum for plants. I throw out handfuls of duckweed once a week it grows so well under this lamp.
Unfortunately though, the construction of the bracket that holds it onto the tank is poor and it completely fell apart last night. I saw another reviewer had this same problem and was able to get a new bracket free from Fluval. I'll try contacting the company and see if I can get the same result, but I really hope I don't end up having to email them every few months for the same problem.
I used it on the Marineland contour 5g kit. It sat well on the sides of it where the LED light is supposed to go. Be careful of the kinds of plants you have and how much light they really need. Left mine on about 2 hrs a day and my plants all got sunscorch and died.
As far as the product goes, I've had no problems with it and since moving it farther back I have beautiful plants in my tank again. Just be cautious of how long you need it on and how far away it should be placed!
Both cubes are 3-gallons, and house Bettas, so require good lighting.
The seller I got these from - Pete's Pet Supplies - was great to do business with: very fast shipping and items were impeccable. I very highly recommend both the item and the vendor.
While the price seems a bit high, it's worth the investment. I am a very happy Betta mom. Thank you.