I'm leaving on a trip tomorrow that will have me away from home for about a week. I won't be able to dose Excel during that time, so hopefully I won't have any major meltdowns because of it. I fear that the small amount of hair algae I have right now will go wild in the absence of Excel's algaecide properties. I'll probably work on getting some snails if that happens.
Anyway, here's what it looks like now so I can compare.
Oh, and my brother is working on building me a base for the light fixtures so I can run this tank rimless. That should solve the water-leaking-behind-the-rim-and-leaving-ugly-mineral-deposits issue. I'm also working on getting a bunch more crypt parva to fill in all the dead spaces in the substrate. They seem to be handling their lower light location quite well. It's going to look so pretty.