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Popular Aquarium Acronyms

Discussion in 'General Reefkeeping Discussion' started by jonthefb, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. jonthefb

    jonthefb Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    I would like to use this thread to post up popular aquarium acronyms, that we will then make a sticky and have at the top of this page. This way any new members who join can know what the heck we are all talking about. I will leave this thread unlocked, but will edit/delete posts to reflect additional acronyms that I missed as to keep this as uncluttered as possible!
  2. jonthefb

    jonthefb Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    AC = Activated Carbon
    ACjr = Aqua Controller Jr.
    Acro = Acropora
    AFK = Away From Keyboard
    AGA = All Glass Aquarium
    ALK = Alkalinity
    ATC = Automatic Temperature Control
    ATO = Automatic Top Off
    ATS = Algae Turf Scrubber
    BB = Bare Bottom
    BBS = Baby Brine Shrimp
    BGA = Blue Green Algae
    BOD = Board of Directors
    BRB = Be Right Back
    BS = Brine Shrimp
    BTA = Bubble Tip Anemone
    BTW = By the way
    C = Periodic Table symbol for carbon
    Ca = Periodic Table symbol for calcium
    Ca2+ = Calcium Ion
    CaCl2 = Calcium Chloride
    CaCO3 = Calcium Carbonate
    Ca(OH)2 = Chemical symbol for Calcium Hydroxide (Kalkwasser)
    CB = Captive Bred
    CC = Crushed Coral
    cc = Cubic Centimeter
    CC = Counter Current (type of skimmer)
    CFL = Compact Flourescent Lamp
    Cl = Periodic Table symbol for chlorine
    Cl- = Chloride
    CO2 = Chemical symbol for Carbon Dioxide
    CO3 - Carbonate
    CR = Calcium Reactor
    CRI = Color Rendering Index
    CSL = Custom Sea Life (former lighting manufacturer now Current USA)
    Cu = Periodic Table symbol for Copper
    CUC = Clean up crew
    Cyano = Cyanobacteria (Slime algaes)
    DARC = Denver Area Reef Club
    DBTC = Don't Break the Chain
    DI = Deionization
    DIY = Do It Yourself
    dKH = Degrees of Carbonate Hardenss (measurement of Alkalinity)
    DO = Dissolved Oxygen
    DOC = Dissolved Organic Compounds
    DSB = Deep Sand Bed
    FAQ = Frequently Asked Question
    FO = Fish Only
    FOWLR = Fish Only With Live Rock
    FWIW = For what it's worth
    Frag = Fragment of coral
    FS = For Sale
    FS = Frag Swap
    FTS = Full Tank Shot
    FW = Freshwater
    G = Gallon/s
    GAC = Granular Activated Carbon
    Gal = Gallon/s
    GB = Group Buy
    GFO = Granualr Ferric Oxide
    GFCI = Ground Fault Circuit Interruptor
    GJ = Good Job
    GL = Gallon/s
    GPD = Gallons Per Day
    GPH = Gallons Per Hour
    GPM = Gallons Per Minute
    GSP = Green Star Polyps
    H = Periodic Table symbol for hydrogen
    H+ = Hydrogen Ion
    H20 = Water
    HCO3- = Bicarbonate ion or Hydrogen Carbonate
    HID = High Intensity Discharge
    HO = High Output
    HOB = Hang On Back
    HOT = Hang On Tank
    HQI = Mercury (Hg) Quartz Iodide
    HTH = Hope This Helps
    IME = In My Experience
    IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
    IMO = In My Opinion
    IMPO = In My Personal Opinion
    IO = Instant Ocean
    IR = Infrared
    IRL = In Real Life
    IW = In Wall
    JME = Just my experience
    JMO = Just my opinion
    j/j or jj = Just Joking
    j/k or jk = Just Kidding
    Kalk = Kalkwasser
    KH = Carbonate Hardness
    KS = Kalk Stirrer
    KW = Kalkwasser
    LED = Light Emitting Diode
    LFS = Local Fish Store
    LMAO = Laughing my a$$ off
    LMK = Let Me Know
    LOL = Laugh Out Loud
    LPH = Liters Per Hour
    LPS = Large Polyped Stony/Scleractinia
    LR = Live Rock
    LS = Live Sand
    LSB = Live Sand Bed
    LTB = Looking To Buy
    MASC = Marine Aquarium Society of Colorado
    MACNA = Marine Aquarium Conference of North America
    MBI = Marine Breeders Initiative
    Milli/Mille = Acropora millepora
    MD = Marine Depot
    Meq/L = Milli-Equivalents Per Litre
    Mg = Magnesium
    MG = Milligrams
    MG/L = Milligrams Per Litre
    mL = Milliliters
    MH = Metal Halide
    MO = Mail Order
    N = Periodic Table symbol for Nitrogen
    NaCl = Sodium Chloride
    NaCO3 = Sodium Carbonate
    NaHCO3 = Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
    NaOH = Sodium Hydroxide
    NH3 = Ammonia
    NH4+ = Ammonium
    NO = Normal Output
    NO2 = Nitrite
    NO3 = Nitrate
    NSW = Natural Sea Water
    O/O2 = Oxygen
    O3 = Ozone
    ORA = Oceans Reefs and Aquariums
    ORP = Oxidation Reduction Potential
    PC = Power Compact
    PE = Polyp Extension
    PE = Piscene Energetics (brand of frozen mysis shrimp)
    PH = Power Head
    pH = Potential Hydrogen (measure of Acid/Base/concentration of hydrogen ions)
    PM = Private Message
    PO4 = Phosphate
    Pods = Copepods
    PPM = Parts Per Million
    PPT = Parts Per Thousand
    PS = Protein Skimmer
    PVC = Poly Vinyl Chloride
    QT = Quarantine Tank
    R2R = Reef 2 Reef
    RC = Reef Central
    RK = Reef Keeping Magazine
    RK = Reef Keeper
    RKL = Reef Keeper Light
    RO = Reverse Osmosis
    RO/DI or RODI = Reverse Osmosis/Deionized
    ROFL = Rolling On Floor Laughing
    POFLMAO = Rolling on floor laughing my a$$ off
    RR = Reef Ready
    RS = Reef Stock
    RS = Red Sea
    RSM = Red Sea Max
    RTN = Rapid Tissue Necrosis
    SCMAS = Southern Colorado Marine Aquarium Society
    SG = Specific Gravity
    SPS = Small Polyped Stony/Scleractinia
    SSb = Shallow Sand Bed
    STN = Slow Tissue Necrosis
    SW = Saltwater
    TB = Tank Bred
    TBD = To Be Determined
    TDS = Total Dissolved Solids
    TFC = Thin Film Composite
    THX or thx = Thanks
    TR = Tank Raised
    TTYL = Talk to you later
    UGF = Under Gravel Filter
    UV = Ultra Violet
    VHO = Very High Output
    W = Watts
    WC = Water Change
    WC = Wild Caught
    WD = Wet Dry
    WPG = Watts per Gallon
    WTB = Want to buy
    WTS = Want to sell
    WQ = Water Quality
    YGPM = You've got a private message
  3. Zooid

    Zooid Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Hey Jon....stop typing so damned fast ;)
    since you have so many acronyms and I'm sure more will be added, maybe the sticky could be the alphabet (A-Z) with each letter being a hyperlink to another thread. That way the new user could just click on a letter and go straight to the definitions of the letter "R", etc.
  4. jonthefb

    jonthefb Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    You mean like this:

    Acronyms starting with the letter:

  5. jonthefb

    jonthefb Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    I like that and it will be less messy and we can then add the threads to the Archive/Article forums that we will be creating, I just wish that it wouldnt open the link in another window
  6. Zooid

    Zooid Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Exactly. I wish it wouldn't also.....wonder if there's a setting in vbulletin
  7. ChrisB

    ChrisB Prawn

    all in one page may be nice though for searching. just a thought

    either way nice to have
  8. joeyg4583

    joeyg4583 Copepod

  9. hurrafreak

    hurrafreak Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    If it's going to jump you to different windows I personally would rather have it all on one page??

    Just do


    then everything that corresponds with A underneath it.
  10. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    That would be a setting in your browser, not the forum. Although maybe some smarty pants could probably figure out an override to the browser settings.
  11. intersky

    intersky BANNED

    wow so much!
  12. Off The Deep End

    Off The Deep End Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Acronym list
    .02 - My two cents

    A - Amp
    AA - Amino Acid
    ABT - Atlantic blue Tang
    AC - Activated Carbon
    AC - Alternating Current
    Acan Lord – Acanthastrea
    Acro- Acropora coral
    AEFW – Acropora (Acro) Eating Flatworms
    AGA - All-Glass Aquarium
    AIO – all in one
    Alk - Alkalinity
    ATO - Auto Top Off
    ATS - Algae Turf Scrubber

    BA - Bubble algae
    BB - Bare Bottom
    Blasto – Blastomussa
    BRS – bulk reef supplies (online store)
    BTU - British Thermal Unit

    Ca - Calcium
    CBB - Copper Band Butterfly
    CC - Counter Current
    CC - Crushed Coral
    CFL - Compact Fluorescent Lamp
    CL - Closed Loop
    CO2 - Carbon Dioxide
    Cu - Copper
    CUC - Clean Up Crew
    CWC - continuos water change
    Cyano – Cyanobacteria

    DC - Direct Current
    DD - Downdraft
    DE - Double Ended
    DFS - Drs. Foster and Smith
    DI – Deionization
    DI water – deionized water
    DIY - Do It Yourself
    dKh - German Degrees of Hardness
    DO - Dissolved Oxygen
    DOC - Dissolved Organic Carbon
    DSB - Deep Sand Bed
    DT - display tank

    ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival.

    FO - Fish Only
    FOWLR - Fish Only With Live Rock
    Frag - Fragment (a small part of a coral colony removed in order to grow another colony)
    FTS - Full Tank Shot
    FTW- for the win
    Fuge = refugium
    FW - Freshwater
    FWE=Flat Worm Exit
    FWIW-For what its worth

    G- Gallon (ex. 60g)
    GAC - Granular Activated Carbo
    GBTA – Green Bubble Tip anemone
    GFCI - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
    GFI - Ground Fault Interrupter
    GFO - Granular Ferric Oxide
    GHA - Green Hair Algae
    GPD - Gallons Per Day
    GPH - Gallons Per Hour
    GSM-Gold Strip Maroon Clownfish
    GSP - Green Star Polyps

    HA - Hair Algae
    HID – High intensity discharge
    HO - High Output
    HOB - Hang On Back
    HOT - Hang On Tank
    HTH = Hope that helps
    HQI – Hardest question is
    HQI - Mercury (Hg) Quartz Iodide

    IME - In my experience
    IMHO - In my humble opinion
    IMO- In my opinion
    IO - Instant Ocean
    IR - Infrared
    IW - In Wall

    K - Kelvin
    kWh - Kilowatt-Hour

    L – Liters
    LED – light emitting diodes
    LFS – local fish store
    LMK – let me know
    Lobo – Lobophyllia
    LOL - Laugh out loud.
    LPS –Large polyp stony have large and soft polyps
    LR - Live Rock
    LS - Live Sand
    LTA - Long Tentacle Anemone

    MASC- Marine Aquarium Society of Colorado
    MACNA - Marine Aquaria Conference of North America
    MASNA - Marine Aquarium Societies of North America
    meq/L - Micro-equalities per Liter
    Mg or Mag - Magnesium
    MH - Metal Halide light
    Milli - Acropora Millipora
    MJ – Maxijet

    Nems- anemones
    NH3 - Ammonia
    NNR - Natural Nitrate Reduction
    NO - Normal Output
    NO2 - Nitrite
    NO3 - Nitrate
    NPS - Non Photosynthetic

    O2 – Oxygen
    ORA- oceans, reefs, and aquariums
    ORP - Oxygen Redox Potential

    P04 – Phosphate
    PAR - Photosynthetic Active Radiation
    PBT-Powder Blue Tang
    PC - Power Compact
    POTM - Picture of the month
    PP - per polyp
    PPM - Parts Per Million
    PPT - Parts Per Thousand
    PVC - Poly Vinyl Chloride

    QT - Quarantine Tank

    RBTA - Rose Bubble tip anemone
    RC - Reef Crystals
    RDSB - Remote Deep Sand Bed
    Rics – Ricordia
    RO water – reverse osmosis water
    RODI - Reverse Osmosis, Deionization
    ROTFLMBO - Roll on the floor laughing my butt off
    RR - Reef Ready
    RTN - Rapid Tissue Necrosis

    SE - Single Ended
    SG - Specific Gravity
    Shrooms – Mushrooms
    SPS - small polyp stony –branch out or plate and have small polyps
    SSB - Shallow Sand Bed
    STN - Slow Tissue Necrosis
    SW - Salt Water / Sea Water

    TDS - Total Dissolved Solids
    TFC - Thin Film Composite
    TIA = Thanks in advance
    TMI - Too much information
    TOTM - Tank of the month
    Trachy – Trachyphyllia

    ULNS - Ultra Low Nutrient System
    UV - Ultra Violet

    V - Volt
    VHO - Very High Output (fluorescent light)

    W - Watts
    WC - Water Change
    Wellso – Wellsophyllia
    WYSIWUG - what you see is what you get

    YGPM - You've Got Private Message
    YWG-Yellow Watchman Goby

    Z&P - Zoanthids and palythoa
    Zoa - Zoanthid Coral
  13. MSwift

    MSwift Amphipod

    This is very helpful thanks for posting for us noobs :)
  14. Badgervet

    Badgervet Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    thanks MSwift for refreshing that, I hadn't seen it before and boy does that help! No more googling letters and acronyms!
  15. Rebel

    Rebel Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    TWV=total water volume

    And thank you for doing this . . .
  16. halami

    halami Copepod

    wish i had this when i first started...majority of those terms were a different language to me lol
  17. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Talk about an old thread.... But still a good one
  18. halami

    halami Copepod

    haha yeah it is! im new to the forum so looking around on it finding all the old goodies! definitely a good/helpful thread!
    SynDen likes this.
  19. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    This is an oldie but a good one

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