I’ve moved the fish to the display (they are very happy!) and When I did the water change I removed all the QT tank contents to suck up all the detritus and extra food.What you didn't mention was the auto feeder and the flakes.
Leave it be. All you need to do is kill the auto feeder and go back to what you were doing before. I wouldn't do any more water changes for a week or so and then, do about 20%. The cycle will catch up.
By changing 80% yesterday, you have undoubtedly removed not only most of the ammonia, but also most of the leftover food that caused the spike to begin with. The fish that have survived so far will be fine now that the ammonia is down.
Again, fast changes do more harm than good. The tank will settle on its own.
I’m going to see how things go now that I’ve done the big water change and added the extra bio media. Thanks for all the advice!