So Neekis appears to enjoy having his tank cleaned with him in it! I used the vacuum today and he kept coming up to it to check it out. He didn't have his fins flared or anything....just kept following me around. I did a 50% change and was amazed on all the stuff that was in the gravel! And I just got him last Saturday. I cleaned the tank on Monday and then again today. Was a little concerned with the quality of the water as I cleaned, but he really seemed to do fine. There wasn't much floating around in the water.
Also, he loves it when my 3 yr old son puts his face up next to the tank to talk to him...it's so adorable. Then he gives the whole tank a hug and it seems like Neekis never wants him to leave the area. I never thought a fish could be so intereactive! Especially with the water change...I really think it was less stressful on him than taking him out. Of course, I will take him out when I do a full cleaning.
Thanks to everyone for all the advice. I'm really getting the feeling that each fish has its own personality.