Major Roadblocks - Micro Swords, Moss, Algae Question 

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I've hit major roadblocks on my first planted tank.
Photo - Aquamax 22
Initially planted with Anubias nana 'petite', Java fern, Micro Swords and Scarlet Temple. The swords and temple are planted in EcoComplete with no root tabs. The white sand portion is Caribsea Super Naturals. Currently dose with two pumps of Easy Green every 4 days. Ammonia, Nitrite are 0. Nitrate 5 PPM. About 2 months since planting.

Problems -
1. The micro sword is growing super slow. There are runners and new leaves but the growth rate is super slow. My Java Fern and Anubias are growing like crazy. Have multiple baby Java ferns already growing from the original plants.
2. Algae - All kinds of algae. Had brown hairlike algae that has now disappeared. Brown diatoms and green algae coating the white sand. Green slimy and powder like algae coating Scarlet Temple leaves and the aquarium glass.

I am not sure what to do right now.
1. Is CO2 my only option? I was looking into Christmas moss as a carpet to replace the slow micro swords. Will this plan work better without CO2?
2. What do I do with my crazy algae issues?

Aquamaxx 22 gal rimless - 36" X 12" X 12"
Fluval 207 Canister Filter
Cobalt Neotherm 100W heater
Fluval 3.0 Light currently set for two three hour photoperiods per day at 70% brightness
USB air pump with airstone
Planted with micro swords, anubias nana'petite', java fern, and scarlet temple. Fertilize with 2 pumps of EZ green per week. No CO2
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Three hours feels too short to me. Also 70% brightness feels like too much light . Especially on a 12" tall tank. That is more like high light .

I would turn it down to 40% on fluval 3.0 for five hour photo periods. (with four hour break (0% light) in between . And 0% light over night .

The diatoms are normal for a new glass tank . I think you have too much light for a no CO2 tank .
 

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Green slimy algae may mean you need more water flow in your tank. Do you have deadspots in the flow? Or are all you leaves gently swaying in the flow?
 
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@bigdreams I have changed the lighting schedule to what you suggested. 2 5 hour photoperiods @40% with 4 hours of siesta. I'll keep this thread updated with any changes. I do seem to have enough flow with a gentle sway of the leaves. I use an airstone in the corner to help agitate the water more in addition to my filter.
 
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