1) CFL's ftw! Use a 26w flood light with a 8 1/2 in. diameter clamp light. Both can be found at walmart.
2) ADA Amazonia/Fluval Shrimp Stratum. Pretty much essential for CRS.
3) HC, DHG, Pygmy Chain Swords, anything small that won't crowd the bowl so the shrimp can be easily viewed. DSM if you have the patience.
4) Blue Pearls and CRS all the way! But only do CRS if you know what you're doing.
Good luck with the tank :P