Yep it's H. micranthemoides (aka baby tears). The more I look at that stuff, the more I like it. It beams under my CF lights, and does not allow hair algae to grow on it like my hairgrass. It has filled in its own section and is expanding towards my hairgrass section. I think I'm just going to let it go and fill in my entire foreground. Whenever it shoots a stem towards the sky, I just gently push it into the thicket.
I've been happier with this inline heater than any other I've ever used. It keeps temps right on. I've tested the temp with a digital thermometer and it has only varied by .1 deg F. Also, you gotta appreciate removing a big chunk of glass/titanium from the tank. Only caveat is that it only accepts a 5/8" hose. Since I have an Eheim ECCO (1/2"), I had to make the adjustment.
To all readers,
I've recently gotten a PM re: the contraption I was using to fill the tank (first series of photos). I thought I would share my response, in case anyone else was interested.
I got the idea from Rex Grigg's webpage http://rexgrigg.com/aa.htm#hw. In the hardware section, you'll find this sentence, "Here is a picture of a little project I built...".
I pieced mine together at home depot (PVC dept). I used my little dremmel tool to do the cutting, but almost any saw would probably work just as well (if not better). I have a ball valve ($2) at the end of mine, to prevent the water from siponing back out while I run to the basement to get more RO water. There is a 1/2" hose barb just below the ball-valve allowing me to run tubing from the pvc thingy to a pump. I use a maxijet powerhead 1000 to pump the water, from the bucket, back into the tank. Without this little contraption, I would uproot and blow my plants all over. Additionally, I have designed the thing to accept multiple intake/output heads to fit all of my tanks. I just drill the holes to the level of water I want to remove. I then attach a 20 foot, 1/2" piece of vinyl tubing to the hose barb, and run the hose out the nearest window. My lawn loves it, and it cuts my 'bucket running' in 1/2."
Total cost was around $10.
Finally, thanks for the compliments. I've heard many a horror story about 'first tanks', and I feel fortunate that mine hasn't had that chapter. Of course, without online resources like this one, I most certainly would
have had such problems (and would never have been invited to join the 'Eheim Pimp Club"