To vacuum or not to vacuum?
I have never vacuumed my tank a d it's been running for over a year. That is one if the reasons I started a planted tank. Another thing you can do is get a good clean up crew, I have amano shrimp, RCS, Cory cats, Bn pleco, clown pleco, khuli loaches, vampire and bamboo shrimp. I wanted a easy to take of tank and these guys do make it so much easier.