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Welcome Lady E. :)

In a planted tank there is really not a need to vacuum the gravel/substrate as you would in a non-planted tank. The plants use the debris/mulm out of the substrate as nutrients that helps in their growth. All you really need to do is a weekly water change by lightly swapping the vacuum over the surface of the substrate, this will remove any debris on top of the substrate.
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