I should have realized more details were needed, sorry.
29g with a 30gal hang-on-back filter. One inch of Miracle Gro Organic Potting Mix, which I put in dry and then added water until it was fairly moistened. One inch cap of all-purpose gravel which had been thoroughly rinsed. I did attempt to make some hills with PVC under the soil in the corners, but these have sort of eroded. My scape is flagstone rocks which I cleaned and soaked and tested for affect on water parameters. I let the tank sit for 3 or 4 days with just water and then planted mostly stem plants, semi-heavy. The photo in my original post is from day #2 after planting.
When I did plant, I know I kicked up a lot of soil into the water column, as my water was almost tea brown, but that cleared up fairly quickly. Now I am just left with about 20% of my sand showing and the other 80% is covered with that fine layer of dirt/soil. I did attempt to vacuum up the dirt, to no avail.