I'm getting sand for Ciel's 5 gallon. I'd prefer black sand, since I think it would make his colors really pop more, and it just looks really cool.
But, I have no experience with sand, and I don't really know what to do. I know how to clean it once it's IN the tank, but I don't really know what to do in preparation for that. xD; So any help would be much appreciated!
I know that, once it's in the tank, you use a tube or a turkey baster to siphon out all the crap on the top of the sand, and that you just stir the sand around a bit to get out all the gas pockets that build up over time. So I'm good AFTER it's in the tank. xD I just don't know what to do before it goes in there. Don't you have to wash it first? I don't even know... Help, please?