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Why do you not want to add chemicals? Is it lack of time, aversion to them? Would you consider root fertilizers? Based on the algae you are describing along with your low stocking of fauna, I'd say you need to find a way to provide fertilizers to these plants. I would turn off any filtration, manually remove as much of the algae as possible, do a larger water change and keep up with water changes as the algae persists. Nothing like clean water to combat most of the algae problems out there. In the meantime, find a way to get some fertilizers to your plants. They need to eat. Healthy plants will naturally combat the algae you are dealing with. Also, floating plants could help your situation as it would diffuse the light since it appears most of the algae is on the upper part of your aquarium.
 
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