Saltwater Acronyms

Discussion in 'Saltwater Beginners' started by agsansoo, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. agsansooWell Known MemberMember

    SW - SaltWater
    FW - FreshWater
    FO - Fish Only
    FOWLR - Fish Only With Live Rock
    LR - Live Rock
    RO - Reverse Osmosis (filters)
    DI (De Ionisation (filters)
    W/gal - Watts per Gallon
    NO - Normal Output ((fluorescent lights)
    PC - Power Compact (fluorescent lamps)
    VHO - Very High Output (fluorescent lamps)
    MH - Metal Halide (lamps)
    P/I - Photosynthesis/Irradiance
    LPS - Large polyped Scleractinian (stoney coral)
    SPS - Small polyped Scleractinian (stoney coral)
    LFS - Local Fish Store
    PM - Private Message (Seen in the buy/sell forums)
    UV - Ultra Violet (you should know this already)
    DSB - Deep Sand Bed
    RDSB - Remote Deep Sand Bed
    AC Activated carbon, chemical filtration media / alternating current
    AFM Aquarium Fish Monthly, magazine
    AGA All-Glass Aquarium, Aquarium manufacturer
    AL Aqualink, aquarium bulletin board
    ATS Algae turf scrubber, reef setup technique
    BOD Biological oxygen demand
    CC Counter current, type of protein skimmer
    CSL Custom Sea Life, lighting manufacturer
    CTA Cellulose triacetate, type of RO membrane
    CUC - Clean Up Crew
    Cyano Cyanobacteria
    DC Direct current
    DD Downdraft, type of protein skimmer
    DI Deionisation, type of water purification
    DIY Do it yourself
    DKH D[SIZE=-1]egrees of carbonate hardness[/SIZE]
    DSB Deep Sand Bed
    FAMA Freshwater and Marine Aquaria, magazine
    FFE Flying Fish Express, Mail Order Company
    FO Fish only
    FOWLR Fish only with live rock
    FW Freshwater
    GBR Great Barrier Reef
    GPH Gallons per hour
    GSP- Green star polyps
    HO High output fluorescent light
    HQI Mercury (Hg) Quartz Iodide, a type of metal halide lamp
    IA Inland Aquatics, mail order company
    IMHO In My Humble Opinion
    IMO In My Opinion
    IO Instant Ocean, brand of aquarium salt
    IR Infrared
    Kalk Kalkwasser, German for calcium hydroxide solution or limewater
    LFS Local fish store
    LHS Local hardware store
    LPS Large polyped Scleractinian (stoney) coral
    LR Live rock
    LS Live sand
    MACNA Marine Aquaria Conference of North America, held annually
    MASNA Marine Aquarium Societies of North America
    MD Marine Depot, mail order company
    MH Metal halide light
    MJ Maxijet, powerhead manufacturer
    MM Miracle Mud, method of aquarium filtration
    MO Mail order
    MTS Multiple tank syndrome
    NO Normal output fluorescent light
    NSW Natural seawater
    PA Premium Aquatics, mail order company
    PC Power compact fluorescent light
    PH Powerhead, water pump
    PVC Poly vinyl chloride, used for piping / plumbing
    RC Reef Crystals, brand of aquarium salt
    RDO ("reefs-dot-org"), aquarium bulletin board
    RK Reef Keeping, on-line aquarium magazine
    RO Reverse osmosis, type of water purification
    RO/DI Reverse osmosis, followed by deionisation, type of water purification
    RR Reef ready, aquaria with pre-drilled holes and overflows
    RTN Rapid tissue necrosis, protozoal infection of corals; can be rapidly fatal if not treated
    SG Specific gravity
    SPS Small polyped Scleractinian (stoney) coral
    SW Saltwater / seawater
    TBS Tampa Bay Saltwater, Mail Order Company
    TFC Thin film composite, type of RO membrane
    TRT The Reef Tank, aquarium bulletin board
    TWP Tap Water Purifier from Aquatic Pharmaceuticals
    UGF Undergravel filter
    UV Ultra violet light
    VHO Very high output fluorescent light
    W/D Wet-dry (a method of aquarium filtration)
    WD Wet-dry (a method of aquarium filtration)
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  2. ≈ D ≈Well Known MemberMember

    Holy :;batman. Now that's what ya call a list !! Brilliant !!!!

    D :;co
  3. agsansooWell Known MemberMember

    Did I forget any ?
    Yes besides RDSB !

    Any more ?
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2007
  4. ≈ D ≈Well Known MemberMember

    Ok got one for you .... MTS .... what is that one?
  5. agsansooWell Known MemberMember

    MTS ... Multiple tank syndrome
    That's a good one !
  6. ≈ D ≈Well Known MemberMember

    Ahhh I see. Well, I suffer from that too as well as CRS (not fish related though) :;laughing >:D
  7. agsansooWell Known MemberMember

    What's CRS ? :;sh
  8. Wolfgang8810Well Known MemberMember

    what is dkh?
  9. agsansooWell Known MemberMember

    DKH is [SIZE=-1]degrees of carbonate hardness ... Will add !
  10. Wolfgang8810Well Known MemberMember

  11. fishrule101Well Known MemberMember

    Why did you put some twice?? I thought I was the only one that used GBR.:;smack
  12. Wolfgang8810Well Known MemberMember

    GSP- Green star polyps
  13. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Thats cool Agsansoo! That would go good integrated into our dictionary at the top. Some are already there.
  14. angelfish220Well Known MemberMember

  15. Wolfgang8810Well Known MemberMember

    CUC - Clean Up Crew IE: shrimp crabs hermits snails starfish etc :)
  16. angelfish220Well Known MemberMember

    Ohhhhh, that makes sense :;smack
  17. agsansooWell Known MemberMember

    Added ! Thanks Wolfgang. :)
  18. TankeriniValued MemberMember

    Hey Agsansoo,
    Any chance of you doing something like this but for recommended levels/range/ppm. I know different species maybe be at the lower end or higher end of a recommended SG or temperature for example. But there is generally a min and max on the levels/range/ppm. Then it would be down to the individual to check what best suits there tank buddy. But like a general one i.e

    SG = 1.201 - 1.206
    Calcium = 420 ppm
    PH = 8.1 - 8.4
    Ammonia = 0

    and so on, but I have not got a clue on others like iodine, magnesium and all the other ones out there. Just a thought (or maybe one for mike).
  19. Wolfgang8810Well Known MemberMember

    I believe for SG you meant 1.021-1.026 :)
  20. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    OK, here's a few that spring to mind, having recently delved into salt

    Ca - Calcium
    Mg - Magnesium
    PO4 - Phosphate
    NO3 - Nitrate
    Cu - Copper
    Fe - Iron
    Alk - Alkalinity (or KH) - the carbonate hardness of SW

    ASW - Artificial Sea Water (mixed from commercial salts)
    NSW - Natural Sea Water (from the ocean)

    DOC - Dissolved Organic Carbonss

    FBF - Fluidised Bed Filter

    PPM - parts per million (measure of concentration), equivalent to mg/L (milligrams per litre)
    PPT - parts per thousand (generally used as a measure of Salinity)

    BTA - Bubble Tip Anemone

    CR - Calcium Reactor
    GAC - Granular Activated Carbon
    Kalk - Kalkwasser (a form of calcium dosing)

    PAR - Photosynthetically available radiation, unit of measure of amount of light available to zooxanthellae and algae

    RTAW - Reefing the Australian Way - Australian Reef Forums

    TDS - Total Dissolved Solids - measure of water quality (especially in RO units)

    Fuge - Refugium - a separate tank/section of sump for growing macro algae.

    CD - Carbon Dosing - a method of nutrient export

    V - Vodka - used in carbon dosing

    VSV - Vodka/Sugar/Vinegar - another carbon dosing method

    NOPOX - Red Sea NO3:pO3-X commercially available carbon dosing product.