We need help with a 2 gallon bowl!
Alright, so about 2 months ago I decided I'd invest the time and money into setting up a planted aquarium as I love the natural aspect of them. It's a 20 gallon and I'm gradually accumulating information and equipment to begin, but that's not why I'm here.
My little brother, 14, has decided he loves the idea of planted tanks as well after watching me research them for weeks. I told him if he really wanted I would do my best to help him out with a 1 or 2 gallon bowl with shrimp or a betta. (leaning more towards shrimp cause he really likes them)
Although I have gathered a fair bit of information I still have a few questions and helping me out would go a long way.
First of all I've heard that for that size of a tank I wouldn't necessarily need a filter, is this correct? I'm hoping so cause that would save me some money, I have airstones if that helps, should i use them? If I dont need a filter what would I be looking at for water changes? My oldest brother had a tank in the past, not a planted aquarium, but he still has liquid CO2, I'm pretty sure that will suffice for a nano tank. I have very good access to fish/plant supplies and my brother likes hairgrass so I'm planning to get some of that. I also have driftwood I found in the wild, currently being treated (it's been boiled and has soaked for 1 month until now) so I'm going to use some of that. Also if I don't need a filter how would I go about cycling the tank? (I really have no clue on this one)
Also if you wouldn't mind adding any input on what shrimp like? hard water? Are they good starter invertebrates? anything really helps.
I'm still learning and any help would be AMAZING, Thank you.