Update 7/31 (no new pics)
Did a water change today, trimmed my wisteria back, but left the other plants alone for now. I cleaned out my filter as well, and added 250ml of purigen to the filter. Supposedly that amount will treat 250 gallons for up to 6 months. I dont know how long it will actually last, but I'm guessing it will be well over a year before I need to recharge it.
I also upped my co2 a bit but noticed my barbs gasping at the surface, so I dialed it back. I ordered an atomizer from the shrimp lab as well, hoping to get that later this week.
I'm getting some BBA on my narrow leaf microswords, and brown algae there and on the glass. While the tank is now new, I have been increasing the bio load. This is what I blame the brown algae on, and expect it to go away once the tank stabilizes.
As far as the BBA, once I get the atomizer I will fine tune the co2 as high as I can w/o hurting the fish. May try to spot treat the plants with h2o2, or just trim away the tips w/ the BBA.