That's good to know. Don't think I'm ready for another tank yet. Just filled the 17 and having problems with algae even with water changes. Think ill wait till everything settles down. You should get one! Ill definitely keep up with your journal. Haha
Sorry to hear about the DSM. Were you not seeing enough growth or is it because you replaced the dhg with blyxa? Because, it looks like the HC is still healthy.
What kind of algae are you having problems with? I would think it's brown diatoms at this stage of the tank. Try adding adding in feeder shrimp to clean up and put in some temp floating plants to soak up extra nutrients and to dim the light a bit.