Ernie - Thanks! The marselia is coming along quite well actually. I'm still dealing with some hair/brush algae on it, but I just clip off the effected leaves and it still fills in quite rapidly. And I LOVE how it doesn't grow longer under shade. The blyxa has also grown to about 3x it's original size, and one of them is breaking apart into two! The tiny bit of java moss is nowhere to be seen though. I think the dwarf gourami ate it
Gmccreedy - I checked on java fern a while back as a replacement, and alas, it grows to about a foot tall. Since I only have about 9 inches to work with, I think I may run into the same trouble as with the sword, with me having to clip long leaves and it not growing into a bush. Narrow leaf java fern may be a possible choice though, since it apparently only grows to about 7-8 inches. I will consider the cabomba, but I was trying to go for that leafy look on the left side. Thanks!
Ryzilla - Will look into onions, but I'm staying away from jungle vals because I have not been able to keep any alive (lol)
Betowess - I could not find the pantanal wavy variety, but did find some pictures of hygro from pantanal. Is this it?
Anubias......hmm....I have not been able to stop my anubias nana from curling up (despite moving it into shade at the recommendation of a few people here) so I think I will stay away from that until I figure out what's going on lol.
Stargrass is a definite possibility though! My only question: Do I have adequate light to prevent the lower leaves from dying off? That seems to be the main concern tied to this plant (other than weed-like growth - lol)
Spypet - That plant looks very interesting. I especially like how it has a slight tint of red, which I think would make my tank look less....well....bright green, heh.
Jhipkins - Alas, I have only a lowly HOB filter which would not be compatible (The Whisper died on me so I bought an Aquaclear mini) I tried using an Eheim 2213 I recently got my hands on, but even with the spray bar directed up, it was too much current
Thanks for all your help so far! Right now, I am thinking Hemigraphis Traian for the very back and perhaps either a bush of narrow leaf java fern or stargrass in front of it (and slightly shading the anubias nana)