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To UV/Diatom Filter, or Not to Filter?

I am hoping to get some feedback about whether to add a UV or diatom filter following my first bout with green water algae bloom! Replaced my carbon with purigen about 2 weeks ago, and just 2 days ago I get cloudy water (maybe relted, probably not).

I have a 46 gallon bowfront african cichlid, planted tank with the following specs:

Nitrates: 20-30ppm
Nitrites:0
Ammonia:0
pH:8.2

Coralife 2X96w 50/50 and 6700 running 8 hrs/day

Dosing Seachem Flourish, Nitrogen, Phosphate, and Excel once a week.

Two AC70 filters: Sponge, Purigen (in one), Filter Floss, BioMax, and crushed coral (in one). NO carbon.

10-20% Water changes weekly.

So what do you guys and gals think? Do I need to add a UV or diatom filter to prevent another bloom? Or just deal with them as they come? If yes, do any work without canister or similar filter?
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