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Acronyms Commonly Used In The Hobby

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  1. Chad

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    • AC - Activated Carbon   
    • ALK - Alkalinity
    • ATO - Automatic Top Off  
    • BB - Bare Bottom: meaning no substrate in the tank (i.e. no sand, no gravel)  
    • BBA - A pest algae: Black Brush Algae   
    • BTA - Bubble Tip Anemone
    • CO3 - Carbonate  
    • Cu - Copper   
    • CUC - Clean up Crew: snails, crabs, etc. used to clean up detritus and algae, mostly a marine tank term.   
    • DHG - Plant: Dwarf Hair Grass   
    • DIY - Do it yourself  
    • DOC - Dissolved Organic Carbon  
    • DSB - Deep Sand Bed  
    • DT - Display Tank   
    • FOWLR - Fish Only With Live Rock   
    • FTS - Full Tank Shot: meaning a photograph showing the entire tank   
    • FW - Fresh Water   
    • GAC - Granular Activated Carbon: dissolved organics and toxin remover  
    • GFO - Granular Ferric Oxide: phosphate remover   
    • GSP - Fish: Green Spotted Puffer or Coral: Green Star Polyps 
    • HC - A Plant: Hemianthus callitrichoides or Dwarf Baby Tears   
    • HLLE - Fish Disease: Head and Lateral Line Erosion  
    • HOB - Hang on Back (of tank)   
    • IAL - Indian Almond Leaves
    • KH - Carbonate Hardness   
    • LFS - Local Fish Store   
    • LPS - Large Polyped Scleractinian (stoney) coral   
    • NH3 - Ammonia: free form   
    • NH4+ - Ammonium Ion   
    • NO2 - Nitrite
    • NO3 - Nitrate
    • O2 - Oxygen
    • PAR - Photosynthetically Available Radiation
    • pH - Potenz (power) Hydrogen or Potential Hydrogen: the pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is. 
    • PO4 - Phosphate
    • QT - Quarantine Tank   
    • RBTA - Rose Bubble Tip Anemone   
    • RO - Water Purification: Reverse Osmosis   
    • RO/DI - Water Purification: Reverse Osmosis/ Deionization  
    • SPS - Small Polyped Scleractinian (stoney) coral   
    • TDS - Total Dissolved Solids   
    • TFF - Tropical Fish Forums


     
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