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First planted tank

Hey so this is my first planted tank, not quite finished yet, few changes here and there, planning on putting in a layer of sand, and carpeting in dwarf grass, and going to swap the sword plant with the dragon stone in the back. Thinking I may remove the foreground Amazon sword altogether. Also planning on more fully covering the rock in moss.
If possible, what is the best way to get the moss to spread? Or would I have to just get more? Same question with the dwarf grass.
Also I'm temporarily running the 50 dollar fluval co2 kit, I'm not very impressed with the wonky regulator it comes with, and would like to set it to run automatically.
Are there any good regulators/solenoid setups for the small thread size those have? Or should I just go for the full size tanks?
And last question, what do I do about all this slimy (algae?) Buildup? I started the tank with 2 amanos and 3 blue velvet shrimp, however once I added the betta, they hide, terrified in the rock. They come out occasionally at night.
I next added an Otocinclus. He seems busy all the time, but couldn't keep up with it.
Just today I added 4 mystery snails, and at this point adding anything else would make the betta act up.
I feel at this point I may have to do it manually, which is fine but I'm worried about disrupting the plants, especially the newest ones which haven't had time to root.
(Psa the shrimp are all safe, plenty of hiding places. My next project I'm beginning this coming week is to build them a more hospitable home. But they do seem fairly safe till then.)

Tank is the 5 gallon top fin revival.
Heater is set to 80 degrees
Plants: christmas moss on and around the rock, 2x amazon sword, and some dwarf hairgrass. I forget what the vine one in the back is called, but I dont think I'll keep it.
Was running co2, but just ran out. Pit a little fertilizer in as well, may be part of the issue?
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If you run CO2, you must add regular certs or else you get algae bloom
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