Jack Dempsey - substrate question
New to the cichlid world, bought a juvenile male jack as an impulse buy. I have a 46 gallon bowfront which was cycled but empty. It currently has black gravel substrate. I've been reading and see that sand tends to be the preferred substrate. My question is, if I can't put real plants in there (cause jacks will eat them from what I read)- than I will need to vacuum the sand, I'd imagine. How do you go about doing that without making the tank all cloudy from the sand going all over the place?
120gal rectangular (freshwater)
46 gallon bowfront (breeder tank)
5 gallon hexagon (office desk tank)