Originally Posted by Nilet699
Th cabomba though will be going. I hate how much it sheds! It's already been ommitted from my bigger tank and replaced with echinodorus blaheri! So I definitely need an alternative for this!
Ah, then the light is insufficient at least for cabomba. This is what happens when stem plants do not receive sufficient light, they slowly fall apart. I have no luck with cabomba for this reason, but I have no intention of increasing my light just for one plant, so I go with those that will manage.
And among stem plants, Brazilian Pennywort is very good for moderate light. Most others will not last.
Swords also work, though most get rather large, but if you can find the chain sword (not the pygmy chain sword, it is smaller) this is one option. Corkscrew Vallisneria will also work if you have medium hard or harder water, and with decent light.
What fixture do you have, an incandescent (screw-in bulbs) or fluorescent tube? Assuming incandescent, how many bulb sockets?
To move along to the answer...if it has two sockets then 2 CFL bulbs will work fine. You can get "Daylight" bulbs, GE make a good one but so do Phillips and Sylvania, and they come in various wattages and here the higher watts is more light. I use two 10w Daylight CFL over my 10g and 20g tanks; Cabomba failed in the 10g, but everything else is thriving. Two 13w bulbs might work.