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    Abbreviations: What do they mean?

    I haven't found a topic like this and I'm not sure where to put this one.

    Anywhere you go on the Internet People use abbreviations. Anything they can do to shorten typing time. Here is a list of abbreviations I copied from my word document I have saved on my computer. Hopfully it will help.


    A: Amp

    AC: Activated carbon, chemical filtration media / alternating current

    AC: Alternating current

    ALK: Alkalinity, measure of buffering capacity of water

    ASAP: As soon as possible

    ATS: Algae turf scrubber, reef setup technique

    B4: Before

    BOD: Biological oxygen demand

    BR: Base rock

    BTA: Bubble tip anemone

    BTW: By the way

    Ca: Calcium

    CaCl2: Calcium chloride

    CaCO3: Calcium carbonate

    Ca(OH)2: Calcium hydroxide

    CC: Counter current, type of protein skimmer

    Cl: Chlorine

    CO2: Carbon dioxide

    CO3: Carbonate

    CR: Calcium reactor

    CSD: Carlson surge device

    CTA: Cellulose triacetate, type of RO membrane

    Cu: Copper

    CYANO: Cyanobacteria

    DC: Direct current

    DD: Downdraft, type of protein skimmer

    DI: Deionisation, type of water purification

    DIY: Do it yourself

    dKH: Degrees of carbonate hardness, measure of alkalinity

    DO: Dissolve oxygen

    DOC: Dissolved organic carbon

    DSB: Deep sand bed

    Fe: Iron

    FO: Fish only, type of marine aquarium

    FOWLR: Fish only with live rock, type of marine aquarium

    FW: Freshwater

    GAC: Granular activated carbon

    GAL: Gallon

    GBR: Great Barrier Reef

    GPH: Gallons per hour

    HCO3: Hydrogen carbonate

    HO: High output fluorescent light

    HAS: High speed aeration, type of proteins skimmer

    I: Iodide

    I2: Iodine

    ID: Indentify/indetification

    IM: In my

    IMCO: In my considered opinion

    IME: In my experience

    IMEO: In my expert opinion

    IMO: In my opinion

    IO3: Iodate

    IR: Infrared, type of light of longer wavelength than visible light

    KALK: Kalkwasser, German for calcium hydroxide solution or limewater

    KI: Potassium iodide

    KISS: Keep it simple stupid

    kW: Kilowatt

    LFS: Local fish store

    LHS: Local hardware store

    LPH: Litres per hour

    LPS: Large polyped Scleractinian (stoney) coral

    LR: Live rock

    LS: Live sand

    LT: Liter

    mA: Milliamp

    MEQ/L: Milli-equivalents per litre, measure of alkalinity

    Mg: Magnesium

    MG/L: Milligrams per litre

    MH: Metal halide light

    mV: Millivolt

    MV: Mercury vapour light

    mW: Milliwatt

    Na: Sodium

    NaCO3: Sodium carbonate

    NaOH: Sodium hydroxide

    NH3: Ammonia

    NH4: Ammonium

    NNR: Natural nitrate reduction, reef setup technique

    NO: Normal output fluorescent light

    NO2: Nitrite

    NO3: Nitrate

    NSW: Natural seawater

    O2: Oxygen

    OBTW: Oh by the way

    ORP: Oxidative redox potential

    PC: Power compact fluorescent light

    pH: Measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions, equal to -log[H+], <7 acidic, =7 neutral, >7 basic

    PH: Powerhead, water pump

    PO4: Phosphate

    PPM: Parts per million, equivalent to mg/l (milligrams per litre)

    PSI: Pounds per square inch

    PVC: Poly vinyl chloride, used for piping / plumbing

    RO: Reverse osmosis, type of water purification

    RO/DI: Reverse osmosis, followed by deionisation, type of water purification

    RTN: Rapid tissue neucrosis

    RUGF: Reverse flow undergravel filter

    SAL: Salinity

    SD: Surge device

    SG: Specific gravity

    SHO: Super high output fluorescent light, equivalent to power compact fluorescent

    Si: Silicon

    SiO2: Silicon dioxide

    SPS: Small polyped Scleractinian (stoney) coral

    Sr: Strontium

    SW: Saltwater / seawater

    TDS: Total dissolved solids

    TFC: Thin film composite, type of RO membrane

    TWP: Tap Water Purifier

    UGF: Undergravel filter

    UV: Ultra violet, type of light of shorter wavelength than visible light

    V: Volts

    VHO: Very high output fluorescent light

    W: Watt





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    Moving to Discussion on AC, and stickying--though I think we've had a few versions of this and know that Childawg created a website with many of these.

    Oh, and adding:

    FWIW: For what it's worth

    NIMT: Not in my tank!

    YMMV: Your mileage may vary



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    I tried to keep the abbreviations I showed more specific to aquariums. My list on my computer is about 12 pages long. I compiled it from my many years on the internet. These were the ones I found right away. It takes awhile to go through 12 pages of abbreviations.



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    holy shnipes, m.... I don't even know what half of that stuff means

    at any rate, there is indeed another post somewhere around here with something sort of the same for aquaria etc....

    ahhhh.... here it is....
    Abbreviations
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    Completly agree, DD......and yes, that hurt me too say



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    Hey all...I don't necessarily maintain the site very well, but I'd be happy to make some changes if you have any suggestions...

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    DOC: Dissolved organic carbon

    No.. It means Dissolved Organic Compounds .. ie.. disolved fish poo that floats at the top of the surface.

    Talk about a serious bump.. A year and a half since last post?



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    Please put additional comments and abbreviations to be added in this thread: http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...49#post1516249



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