Originally Posted by MSG
Whatever it is, I would grab some more before the water freezes over. After you clean the plants & dip them in a sanitizing solution, place them in the back of your tank.
Most of the ponds around here are frozen now.
When you call the stores, I find the employee that answer usually won't put too much effort into checking out their inventory.
My neighborhood is pretty upscale too, but even the small hardware stores don't charge more than $4-$5 for a CFL bulb.
If they were $8, I would have checked all the other stores before ordering online because I'm in the market for at least 4 NEW light bulbs. The ones I'm currently using I think have exceeded the 12 months in service.
Make sure whatever light you're using now is on for AT least 10 hours a day for the first 2 weeks. Increase/decrease the duration of the light if you notice algae issues.
I still have no idea what those plants are, but I don't think it's watercress.
Here's what a patch of watercress from a stream in Wisconsin looks like.
Thinking back after what you said I bet the employees were being lazy. That makes much more sense than bulbs being that expensive and that store is full of High School Kids who could care less. I think I am going to try to upgrade both tubes in the Lights of America fixtures because I am very interested in aquascaping and recently got a job that pays decently (minimum wage + lots of tips) and I work a lot so I can afford to buy some nice bulbs.
I have no idea what the plants are but I can afford to buy actual plants now so it's ok.
Would love suggestions on tube replacements/a good hood. I had condensation issues and had to go back to the hoodless scary setup.