It's always so much more complicated than we imagined!
I want shrimp! They'll help break things down!
Now I can't clean without risking sucking up the babies... now what?
I want corydoras! They'll kick up some of the grime on the floor of the tank so my filter can suck it out.
Now my plant leaves constantly have bits of dust on them and my water column isn't 100% crystal clear because the corys keep kicking things up!
I'm honestly wondering if I'd be happier with a tank that had nothing more than a fancy betta, but I'm sure I'd find issues with that too. There's always challenges, we live and learn (hopefully).
Sounds like you are heading in a good direction, keep us posted as things change. Clado takes time to beat. Even when you have everything set up ideally and you clean regularly, it can takes many weeks to see it go. Even then, many pro level tanks get clado, they just kill it when they can, and shrimp and snails will help remove what dies from spot dosing excel/gluteraldehyde/hydrogen peroxide.