If you starve them, many fish will pick at algae. You could try flag fish, but they have been known to be slightly aggressive sometimes. What fish do you have in there?
2 danios, 1 guppy, 3 platys, none larger than 1.5"
Having 0 TDS and no traces is not necessarily a good thing. For one thing, it's quite difficult to attain a perfect reading of 0, make sure your meter is good. The other thing is that if you have no traces in your water at all, and your fish are providing some waste, then you have excess nutrients. Fish will not provide trace nutrients, and those are necessary for plants to grow. If plants don't have traces, then they cannot use the fish waste, but the algae can.
I am wondering about that. I don't really know what nutrients come out of fish poop, but I feed the fish once per day with a variety of food which I believe would provide the trace nutrients. I feed a couple different flake foods, tubiflex worms and a frozen preparation for omnivores. I also fed the tank 1 ml of Dyna-Grow which is a hydroponic fert, but I only did it once as I noticed it had .005% copper in it and I don't want copper accumulating. It has all trace nutrients though.
I will likely pick up some flouish trace and flourish excel before too long and see how it goes, but the tank is only a couple weeks old so I want to give it some time so I have a valid comparison.
The other thing is (and this is going by the wpg rule, not that it is a good rule), with the amount of light you have, your tank is not really low light/low tech. How long is your photoperiod? Try reducing it a little, and adding a little DIY CO2.
I considered using both bulbs for 54 watts (4.5 w/gal), but knew I would have to use CO2 and I really don't want the hassle. The tank comes with a hood with CF lighting built in so I have to use either 1 or both bulbs. I don't mind dosing excel every once in awhile, but I really want this to become a low maintenance tank where I just feed the fish once per day and everything takes care of itself.
I think the tank is just too new to not have an algae issue at this point. It's not terrible, I just thought maybe there was a decent algae eater for eating the hair algae off plants that wouldn't get to be a foot long or suck the life out of my community fish.
Would a mess of shrimp be a better option?