Decided to finally switch to dirt. Using 1 inch of MGOPM thin layer of kitty litter for clay and 1 1/2 inches of gravel that originally started with 2 years ago. Here's day 1 progress , however day one started 2 days ago soaking and rinsing soil.
Also added 2 dwarf guoramis. So far no problems with algae, and a lot of new growth. I don't think anubias liked the ammonia spike though they pretty much wilted but getting good green roots now on them