Originally Posted by iamntbatman
One thing you didn't mention: your CFL's are listed at 13 watts, but that's their actual power consumption. They put out a lot more light per watt of power than T8's....
Just look at the package when you're at the home store to shop for your stuff, eg I have some CFLs that are 7watts (power consumption) but actually what they give off equals 40 watts. So just really look at the "small print" there, otherwise you'll wind up blinding your fish lol.
If you can, look for Bright effects or Phillips Daylights, those are plain awesome on planted tanks.
Sorry can't post any before-after pics, I've always had "home store florescents" so no comparision pic's there, but I sure think many others can show you some