Fishkeeping Jargon Buster

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As a beginner or even for experienced marine fishkeepers things can get confusing when talking to people about your marine aquarium. Abbreviations make it easy for people to type but what use is it if you don't understand it. So here we have put together some of the jargon to help you.

Not all of these are fish related some are just good for general use. We have highlighted the most frequently used ones.

AC - Activated carbon

AIO - All In One

ALK (KH) - Alkalinity

ATO - Auto Top Off

ATS - Algae turf scrubber

BNIB - Brand New In Box

CA - Calcium

CaCl2 - Calcium chloride

CaCO3 - Calcium carbonate

Ca(OH)2 - .Calcium hydroxide

CO2 - Carbon dioxide

CO3 - Carbonate

Cu - Copper

CUC - Clean Up Crew

CYANO - Cyanobacteria

DI - Deionisation (water cleaning)

DINOS - Dinoflagellates (prest marine plankton)

dKH - Degrees of carbonate hardness, measure of alkalinity

DOC - Dissolved organic carbon or compound

DOM - Dissolved Organic Matter

DSB - Deep Sand Bed

DT - Display Tank

Fe - Iron

FOWLR - Fish Only With Live Rock

FW - Freshwater

GAC - Granular Activated Carbon

GAL - Gallon

GFO - Granular Ferric Oxide (phosphate remover)

GHA - Green Hair Algae

GPH - Gallons per hour

I - Iodide

ICH - Whitespot or Ich, Cryptocaryon

KI - Potassium iodide

LFS - Local fish store

LPS - Large Polyp Stone Base

LR - Live rock

LT - Litre

Mg - Magnesium

NH3 - Ammonia

NH4 - Ammonium

NO2 - Nitrite

NO3 - Nitrate

NSW - Natural seawater

PH - Powerhead

PO4 - Phosphate

RO - Reverse osmosis, type of water purification

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

RTN - Rapid tissue neucrosis

SG - Specific gravity (how salty your water is)

SPS - Small polyped Stoney Coral

Sr - Strontium

TDS - Total Dissolved Solids

ULNS - Ultra-Low Nutrient System

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

WYSIWYG - What you see is what you get

WS - Whitespot or Ich, Cryptocaryon