Common Acronyms and Abbreviations

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  1. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

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    Here's a list of common reef aquarium acronyms and abbreviations for both newbies and oldies alike.

    AC...Activated carbon, chemical filtration media / alternating current
    AIM...America-On-Line Instant Messenger service
    AIO...All In One (prebuilt system including sump/filtration)
    AFAIK...As far as I know
    AFM...Aquarium Fish Monthly, magazine
    AISI...As I see it
    ALK...Alkalinity, measure of buffering capacity of water
    AOL...America Online, internet service provider
    ASAP...As soon as possible
    ATO...Auto Top Off
    ATS...Algae turf scrubber, reef setup technique
    B4...Before
    BB...Bare Bottom
    BOD...Biological oxygen demand
    BNIB...Brand New In Box
    BTW...By the way
    BUMP...Bring Up My Post
    Ca...Calcium
    CaCl2...Calcium chloride
    CaCO3...Calcium carbonate
    Ca(OH)2....Calcium hydroxide
    CC...Counter current, type of protein skimmer
    Cl...Chlorine
    CL...Closed Loop, Craig's List
    CO2...Carbon dioxide
    CO3...Carbonate
    Cu...Copper
    CUC...Clean Up Crew
    CUL...See you later / catch you later
    CUL8R...See you later / catch you later
    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...Dissolved oxygen
    DOC...Dissolved organic carbon or compound
    DOM...Dissolved Organic Matter
    DSB...Deep Sand Bed
    DT...Display Tank
    FAMA...Freshwater and Marine Aquaria, magazine
    FAQ...Frequently asked question
    Fe...Iron
    FO...Fish only, type of marine aquarium
    FOWLR...Fish Only With Live Rock
    FW...Freshwater
    FWIW...For what its worth
    FYI...For your information
    FYM...For your misinformation
    GAC...Granular Activated Carbon
    GAL...Gallon
    GFI/GFCI...Ground Fault Interrupt/Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt
    GFO...Granular Ferric Oxide (a phosphate remover)
    GH...General Hardness
    GHA...Green Hair Algae
    GPH...Gallons per hour
    HCO3...Hydrogen carbonate
    HO...High output fluorescent light
    HOB...Hang On Back
    HSA...High speed aeration, type of proteins skimmer
    HTH...Hope this helps
    HUFA...Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids
    I...Iodide
    I2...Iodine
    ID...Indentify
    IE...Internet Explorer, WWW browser
    IIRC....If I Recall Correctly
    IM...Internet message-AIM,Trillion, Yahoo Messenger, MS messenger
    IMCO...In my considered opinion
    IME...In my experience
    IMEO...In my expert opinion
    IMHO...In my humble/honest opinion
    IMNSHO...In my not so humble/honest opinion
    IMO...In my opinion
    IO3...Iodate
    IOW...In other words
    IR...Infrared, type of light of longer wavelength than visible light
    IRC...Internet relay chat
    ISP...Internet service provider
    JM2C...Just My 2 Cents
    JM2CW...Just My 2 Cents Worth
    KALK...Kalkwasser, German for calcium hydroxide solution or limewater
    KI...Potassium iodide
    KISS...Keep it simple stupid
    L8R...Later
    LFS...Local fish store
    LHS...Local hardware store
    LOL...Laughing out loud
    LPS...Large polyped Scleractinian (stoney) coral; also Local Pet Store
    LR...Live rock
    LT...Litre
    MACNA...Marine Aquaria Conference of North America, held annually
    MEQ/L...Milli-equivalents per litre, measure of alkalinity
    Mg...Magnesium
    MG/L...Milligrams per litre
    MH...Metal halide light
    MO...Mail order / Money Order
    Na...Sodium
    NaCO3...Sodium carbonate
    NaOH...Sodium hydroxide
    NH3...Ammonia
    NH4...Ammonium
    NIB...New In Box
    NNR...Natural nitrate reduction, reef setup technique
    NO...Normal output fluorescent light
    NO2...Nitrite
    NO3...Nitrate
    NP...No problem
    NRN...No reply necessary
    NS...Netscape, WWW browser
    NSL...Natural Sunlight
    NSW...Natural seawater
    O2...Oxygen
    OBTW...Oh by the way
    OMG...Oh My God
    ORA...Oceans, Reefs, and Aquariums
    ORP....Oxidative redox potential
    OTOH...On the other hand
    PLS...Please
    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
    PM...Private Message
    PS...Protein skimmer
    PO4...Phosphate
    PPM...Parts per million, equivalent to mg/l (milligrams per litre)
    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
    ROFL...Rolling on the floor laughing
    ROFLOL...Rolling on the floor laughing out loud
    ROTFL...Rolling on the floor laughing
    ROTFLOL...Rolling on the floor laughing out loud
    RR...Reef Ready
    RTN...Rapid tissue neucrosis
    RUGF...Reverse flow undergravel filter
    SAL...Salinity
    SG...Specific gravity
    SHO / T5...Super high output fluorescent light, equivalent to power compact fluorescent
    Si...Silicon
    SiO2...Silicon dioxide
    SITD...Still in the dark
    SLR...Single Light Reflector or Single Lens Reflex camera
    SO...Significant other
    SPS...Small polyped Scleractinian (stoney) coral
    Sr...Strontium
    SSB...Shallow Sand Bed
    SW...Saltwater / seawater
    TIA...Thanks in advance
    TIC...Tongue in cheek
    TDS...Total Dissolved Solids
    TTYL...Talk to you later
    TWP...Tap Water Purifier from Aquatic Pharmaceuticals
    TY...Thank You
    UGF...Undergravel filter
    ULNS...Ultra-Low Nutrient System
    UV...Ultra violet, type of light of shorter wavelength than visible light
    VHO...Very high output fluorescent light
    W...Watts
    WMC...Western Marine Conference, United States
    WWW ...World wide web
    WYSIWYG...What you see is what you get
    YMMV...Your Mileage May Vary
     
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    you for got RS
    did you type all those out :D
     
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    Now if I can remember all of these. Guess I better subscribe to this thread!! LOL