Micro Max Lighting

Does anyone have any experience with Micro Max Lighting and/or Osram Lamps as seen on page 43 of the That Fish Place Catalog? Are they better than normal  fluorescents? Are they brighter or more efficient?
Also, I have seen several postings regarding vermiculite in the substrate. How does one keep the stuff from floating around the tank every time you plant a new plant? Has anyone bought plants from That Fish Place, and if so, please inform me of the quality, appearance, etc. Wouldn't it be great if Delaware Aquatics had an online page featuring photos, prices, availability, and an order form?