Good Filter media for Reef Sump?

Discussion in 'Filters, Pumps, etc..' started by alexhamilton, Sep 25, 2012.

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  1. alexhamilton

    alexhamilton Plankton

    Sep 25, 2012
    Okay. This may sound stupid but i dont know what any of the abbreviations mean.. Could you please explain in a little more detail? Haha
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  3. N00ZE

    N00ZE Eyelash Blennie

    May 24, 2012
    Gulf Of Mexico

    BD - Blue Diamond
    BP - Blue Panda
    BSS - Blue Snakeskin
    BT - Blue Turk
    CRS - Crystal Red Shrimp
    Cory - Corydoras
    GBR - German Blue Ram
    MTS - Malaysian Trumpet Snail
    OG - Ocean Green
    Oto - Otocinclus
    PB - Pigeon Blood
    PE - Penang Eruption
    Pleco - Plecostomus
    RCS - Red Cherry Shrimp
    RD - Red Diamond
    RP - Red Panda
    RSG - Red Spotted Green
    RSS - Red Snakeskin
    RT - Red Turk
    SS - Snakeskin
    VR - Violet Reflection or Virgin Red
    WD - White Diamond

    Brand Names

    AC - Aquaclear
    API - Aquarium Pharmaceutricals Inc
    IO - Instant Ocean
    ON - Ocean Nutrition
    TFH - Tropical Fish Hobbyist (magazine, publisher)


    AC - Activated Carbon
    BB - Bare bottom
    BBA - Black Brush Algae
    CFL - Compact Flourescent
    Dechlor - Dechlorinator or Dechlorinate
    DI - De-ionized water
    DIY - Do it yourself
    F0 - Wild/Original
    F1 - First Generation Cross
    F2 - Second Generation
    FS - For Sale
    FW - Freshwater
    GAC - Granular Activated Carbon
    GAL - Gallon
    GFI/GFCI - Ground Fault Interrupt/Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt
    GH - General Hardness
    GPH - Gallons per hour
    HO - High Output
    HOB - Hang-on back (usu. refer to filter)
    KH - Carbonate Hardness
    LED - Light-Emitting Diode
    LFS - Local Fish Store
    LHS - Local Hardware Store
    LPS - Local Pet Store
    LR - Live Rock
    Metro - Metronidazole
    NADA - North American Discus Association
    NIB - New in Box
    pH - Used to measure acidity/alkalinity of a solution
    PH - Powerhead, water pump
    PM - Private Message (usually means in current forum)
    PPM - Parts per million
    Prazi - Praziquantel
    Prime - Seachem Prime (sometimes generically as dechlorinator)
    PS - Protein Skimmer
    PU - Pick up
    PVC: Poly vinyl chloride, used for piping / plumbing
    PWC: Partial water change
    QT - Quarantine
    RFUG - Reverse Flow Undergravel Filter
    RO - Reverse Osmosis
    Safe - Seachem Safe (sometimes generically as dechlorinator)
    SD - Simply Discus
    SW - Salt Water
    T5 - Type of fluorescent light bulb. New in aquarium hobby, high lumen output, energy efficient.
    T5, T8, T12 - Type of fluorescent light bulb
    TDS - Total dissolved solids
    UG or UGF - Undergravel filter
    UGJ - Undergravel Jet
    UV - Ultraviolet
    VHO - Very high output fluorescent light
    WC - Water Change
    WPG - Watts per gallon
    WTB - Want to buy
    WTS - Want to sell


    BBS - Baby Brine Shrimp
    BH - Beef heart
    BS - Brine Shrimp
    BW - Blackworm or Bloodworm
    CBW - California Blackworms
    FBS - Frozen Brine Shrimp
    FBW - Frozen Bloodworm
    FDBdW - Freeze-dried blood worms
    FDBkW -Freeze-dried black worms
    FDBS - Freeze-dried brine shrimp
    FDBW - Freeze-dried blood worms or Freeze dried black worm
    FMS - Frozen Mysis Shrimp
    SF - Seafood

    Chemicals (Common to Aquaria)

    Ca - Calcium
    CaCl - Calcium Chloride
    Cl - Chlorine
    CO2 - Carbon Dioxide
    CO3 - Carbonate
    Cu - Copper
    CuC - Clean-up Crew
    Fe - Iron
    H20 - Water
    H2O2 - Hydrogen Peroxide
    I - Iodine
    K - Potassium
    KCl - Potassium Chloride
    KI - Potassium Iodide
    Mg - Magnesium
    Na - Sodium
    NaCl - Sodium Chloride, salt
    NaCO3 - Sodium carbonate
    NaOH - Sodium hydroxide
    NH3 - Ammonia
    NH4 - Ammonium
    NO - Normal output fluorescent light
    NO2 - Nitrite
    NO3 - Nitrate
    O2 - Oxygen
    O3 - Ozone
    P - Potassium Permanganate
    P04 - Phosphate
    Ti - Titanium


    Hex - Hexamita
    HITH- Hole in the Head
    ICH/ICK- Ichthyophthirius multifilis
  4. Powerman

    Powerman Giant Squid

    Oct 3, 2008
    First, read this. It will answer most of your questions.

    Second... you do not need any "bio" filter, that is your live rock.

    Chemical filtration with nitrate, phosphate reduction or carbon is fine. Other ways to get N and P but no big deal. Carbon is fine and should be used. I have never bought into the myths surrounding carbon use nor have I seen any proof of real problems.

    Third... yes Protein skimmers are mechanical filters in that they remove particulates. They remove then through chemical attraction hence the confusion. Of course they remove dissolved organics through chemical reaction as well. At the end of the day, skimmers remove dissolved organic compounds... proteins, you just need to understand they remove solid waste too like a mechanical filter... and if you are skimming well, you need to feed more. Use a skimmer for all that it does remove.

    Mechanical filtration... meh. Simple personal preference. Everything floating in the water is food for something... the cleaner your water and more aggressive your filtering, the less food available for your reef. Socks seem to be the easiest to use and most have several and rotate them and reuse them. I like to get rid of as much maintenance that I can and finally removed all my filters and my tanks was happier... me too.
  5. alexhamilton

    alexhamilton Plankton

    Sep 25, 2012
    Thank you everyone for your help!!
    I think i have finally got this figured out!