This will be the first of many posts from me, I apologize in advance and will get to my question after a brief "here is where I am coming from"...
So I am making the leap from a basic tank setup of say a handful of fish and a few plants(platic, real), big gravel size to a honest to goodness planted tank like you all have created here.
It's a 75g tank, I have read and read and read about substrate, water conditions, plants and so on and I think I have most of the concepts down with the exception of CO2 which I will work on and probably post about later.
So it looks like I am going the Eco-Complete route for substrate and I have a plan for the plants and I estimate that I will have between 15-30 fish(neons, killifish... along those lines, nothing big).
Since I have raised mostly goldfish for 90% of the time over the past 20 years and they are filthy buggers I have a Magnum 350 filter I will use and I also have another side filter I can add as well. I have always used my Cobra\Aqueon hose system to suction the gravel and do water changes which leads to my question(finally!).
How do you clean a planted tank? To me it seems like using the Aqueon will pull up the substrate and make a mess and then what about all the nooks and crannies a planted tank will have?