Shark, I really like the colour scheme you have going on in there, great substrate combo. I know hat you mean about the plants and the algae, just killed mine off as well (I needed some floaters/more water column feeders so I went on my local aquarium club's classifieds and managed to get a hold of some floating fairy moss which solved my algae problem in about 4 days!) Maybe you need some more floaters like I did. My problem was definitely a combination of too much lighting and not enough water column feeders. Adding the floaters seems to have solved the whole problem for me :) Even killed of my amazing hair algae problem!