So I have my new 5gal that I plant on making a NPT. My plan is to first place the soil, then my substrate (gravel) and plants (java moss, hygrophila (reg and sunset varieties), and subwassertang) and my rock collection, which is currently acting as substrate in my betta's heated 1gal bowl. I have a few questions about this NPT to be. I also plan to add shrimp (either a cherry type or ghosties) and some snails.
1) should I re-sterilize (boil) the rocks, or leave as-is to transfer any BB? (They've been in the bowl with a plant for 5 weeks, and with betta for 2)
2) has anyone worked with subwassertang before? I never have but looooove the look and wouldn't mind some pointers before picking it up on Friday.
3) I was thinking of getting the whisper 2-10i because I can afford it and find it; will I likely need to baffle it, and if so, how?
4) the tank that I have has a hood that can accommodate up to a 15 watt lightbulb, will that be enough, and what brightness rating should I go for to ensure the best chance of success?
Thanks in advance guys!