Well, I took Lonewolf's advice and simply pointed the CO2
return pipe a bit towards the bottom to try and generate some water flow down at the bottom of the tank. I also did more water changes than normal (50% every 10-12 days and 20-25% every 5-6 days) and really kept an eye on the fertilizer levels. Interestingly, the algae disappeared on its own. I did not vacumm it out as I am trying to better understand the conditions in which algae will get the upper hand and grow. Not sure what happened here, but there is no sign of it anywhere. Maybe the pleco's, shrimp, or SAE
's ate it? None showed much interest in it before. The tank is virtually free of algae now.
Now if anyone has advice/ideas for carpet plants that are easier to care for than glosso. My glosso simply rotted out after a short period of good growth and spreading. NOt ussre if lighting is the issue but still looking for a good alternative.