I finally have time to update this thing.
150EH: I have taken your advice, and I dosed 2 ml of excel/gallon for a week and I got amazing results. All the hair algae turned red, then it all died. It was amazing.
As you can see I also changed a lot of plants around in the tank. The amazon swords were moved to another tank, (they are now flourishing). and I added some new plants: peacock ferns, dwarf hair grass, argentine swords, gold ribbon and kyoto. I wrote down the latin names to these as well. I also have some duckweek floating around, that the snails seem to ride on the undersides of like a magic carpet.
Along the way, some of my shrimp have died, but now I have at least 20 babies since november, and a 2 currently berried. I'm going to have to start reducing my population, if anyone is interested, let me know.
also, there are a substantial amount of cyclops and vinegar eels in the tank, will the cherry shrimp eat these at all?
I love getting advice, and hearing criticism, please tell me what you think!