Little tip for tour planted tank before you start hovering over and around take a turkey baster and push some of the uneaten food and waste out in the open right @stargirl
I also very rarely vacuum my tanks. I haven't seen a reason to do it more.I'm gonna be totally honest here. I rarely vacuum. Maybe once every 6 months (for most tanks) to a year or more at the longest. ONLY as the tank needs it, which if you have good water movement and filtration, you shouldnt need to do all the time.
I'm looking at my Amazon blackwater biotope as I write this, and I think its been a year without vacuuming, maybe more. Its a 30 gallon with 15 Black Neons, 8 Peppered Corys, 6 Marbled Hatchetfish and a Clown Pleco. The right side of the tank is a log jam, the left side has some large Amazon Swords. Half of the top is covered with Dwarf Water Lettuce. Its been running 3 years and I think Ive only vacuumed it twice. Ill probably do it this week just because I had a power outage last week while I was gone that killed some of my lettuce and caused a bunch of roots to pile in the corner and jam the filter intake on the HOB.
But really, you only NEED to vacuum when you see the bottom getting messy.
this one is a better option if you are not getting time from your job or studies to vacuum the gravel.
I vacuum more often than water changes. Is this bad?!?!
No. I do water changes weekly not just for my water parameters. I just believe that the tank should be getting a new supply of cleaner water each week... Your filter can only do so much!