Sand substrates

Is anyone here using sand substrates or top layers? How does one go about
cleaning fish poop and decaying plant matter, surely a vacuum would suck up the

My father once said to me:
"Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he has to make a stand."
I have just bought a new fish tank, so I guess my time has come.
I'm off to the shed.                            (Apologies to Stephen Fry)
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