Acronyms Commonly Used In The Hobby

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Acronyms
  • AC - Activated Carbon
  • AIO - All In One (usually for full set up tanks in one package from LFS)
  • ALK - Alkalinity
  • ATO - Automatic Top Off
  • BB - Bare Bottom: meaning no substrate in the tank (i.e. no sand, no gravel)
  • BB - Beneficial Bacteria
  • BBA - A pest algae: Black Brush Algae
  • BPM - Bubbles Per Minute (for C02 hi tech system)
  • BTA - Bubble Tip Anemone
  • CAE - Chinese Algae Eater
  • 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
  • LPS - Local Pet Store
  • MTS - Malaysian Trumpet Snail/s
  • MTS - Multiple Tank Syndrome
  • 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
  • PPM - Parts Per Million (mass measurement)
  • 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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