I'm using 3M T grade black color quartz It's not as big as regular gravel but not as fine as sand, thought 3M has an S grade which is sand. I have a 4 inch depth and I use 2 6500k 55 w CF
bulbs. Javas are a low/medium light, same with most of the others. The red tiger lily had me nervous because I read it was a high light plant. But it's doing great in the tank. No ferts at all. If you look in my albums for the 80g, that is our BW tank.
The plants were added while I cycled the tank. Then I slowly raised the SG
to it's current state. I only add salt once a month to emulate the tidal cycles of FW
so it's not a constant SG
of 1.010. But if you have a spare tank, like one you use for QT, you can get plants and slowly add salt until they are acclimated. I have been transplanting some of the plants from the 80 to our FW
tanks this way. I bring our QT (no new fish right now) up to SG
1.010 then over the course of 2 weeks bring it down to fresh.