I'm with you on that bubble crap. Ten years without and now a plague.
With regards to lighting, it's the nutrient that counts. All the light in the world won't produce algae without sufficient nutrient.
The increased lighting only intensifies the problem.
When I tracked my 1000w metal halide over the two 90's I still didn't have an algae problem, but even acclimating the tanks to the increased light over about 3 months, didn't keep LPS
corals from bleaching. I couldn't afford the hydro anyway.
Still have the light, a product of my hydroponic days.