Ok, I'm a housewife with now 4 young children. Youngest born in May. I just found out totally by fluke that my java moss has been like completely replaced by string algea! !! I say I noticed by fluke, bc I bought a new plant the other day from my lfs. Well there was a bonus little hunk of moss in it! Score one for the penny pincher !! I can cultivate a whole new plant!! Well in looking it up online, I discovered this little freebie was, in fact, java moss!!! Ok, so what have I been decorating my tank with? !?!? I have a little bit of an algae problem on the tank glass, and this mystery plant in my tank is stringy. So I look it up, and whaddoya know!!! I've been decorating my tank with string algea! !! Tons and tons of string algea!!! And you might ask, "how in the world did this happen?!?!?" We were battling a snail infestation, like so many I couldn't enjoy looking at my fish. They ate all my hornwart and apparently my java moss too. Well, spent a lot of time hand picking them. Noticed my "java moss" was growing back!! So much I had to anchor it to pots. My hubby got me some clown loaches to help me keep my snails down. Went and got some new plants with my little bonus, to provide more cover at the bottom of the tank so they'd come out more. Found out id been proudly growing and decorating with string algea! ! My question is now what do I do? Can and should I take it out? It does seem like a mess, its starting to grow into my new plant. But I see a lot of the fish either eating it, or the scuds living in it. Any suggestion?