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    For the benefit of those who aren't quite up to speed on planted aquarium netspeak, I'm putting together a list of acronyms and commonly used phrases for reference. It's a work in progress, so if you have any suggestions/queries or anything you don't know what it means, just post below or shoot me pm and I'll add it here into the main post.
    Btw, I decided to arrange the list alphabetically for easy reference

    ADA = Aqua Design Amano, company formed by aquascaping legend Takashi Amano
    AKA = also known as
    APC = Aquatic Plant Central, a US plant forum
    AS = ADA Aquasoil - a planted aquarium substrate
    B = Boron, a micronutrient
    BB = Beneficial bacteria, also baby brine shrimp
    BBA = Black Brush Algae
    BGA = Blue Green Algae/Cyanobacteria
    BN = Bristlenose Catfish
    Ca = Calcium, a plant nutrient
    CEC = Cation Exchange Capacity, a term referring to the efficiency of (usually) a substrate to share ions
    Chloramine = A complexed compound of Chlorine and Ammonia, used for the same purpose as chlorine but much more stable - should be physically removed/neutralised before water is used in aquaria.
    CO2 = Carbon Dioxide, a gaseous source of Carbon
    CF = Compact flourescent lighting
    Cl = Chlorine, a compound often used to sterilise water - in high concentrations, toxic to all life
    CRI = Colour rendering index, a lighting term, usually expressed as a % or mark out of 100, the higher the value, the more true the colour of the subject is.
    CRS= Crystal Red Shrimp
    CSM+B = A powdered trace element mix commonly used by US hobbyists
    Cu = Copper, a micronutrient
    Cyano = Cyanobacteria = BGA
    DIY = Do it yourself
    DIY CO2 = a mix of sugared water seeded with yeast in a bottle that provides gas CO2 via fermentation
    EC = Caribsea's Eco Complete, a planted aquarium substrate
    EI = the Estimative Index, a theory on plant tank maintentance/fertilisation by Tom Barr
    EOTD = End of tank dump - when the internal pressure of a (CO2) cylinder drops, some regulators do not work as effectively; this can lead to larger amounts of gas pushing through the reg--in effect, 'dumping' the last amount of gas into the tank.
    Excel = Seachem's Flourish Excel, a liquid Carbon source
    Fe = Iron, a micronutrient
    Fleet = Fleet Enema, a Phosphate source
    Florabase = Red Sae florabase, an aquarium substrate
    Flourish = Seachem's Flourish, a trace element mix
    Flourite = Seachem's flourite, a planted aquarium substrate
    FTS = Full Tank Shot
    GDA = Green Dust Algae
    GH = General Hardness, a measurement of the amount of ions in the water, expressed as a concentration of Ca AND Mg - measured in ppm or Degrees
    GSA = Green Spot Algae, a hard algae which forms on older surfaces (eg tank walls, anubias leaves)
    GW = Green water, a unicellular algae bloom which floats in the water, coloring it green
    Glosso = (esp) Glossostigma elatinoides - a carpeting plant
    HM = Hemianthus micranthemoides, a stem plant
    HC = Hemianthus callitrichoides, a carpeting plant
    HO = High output, relating to flourescent bulbs
    IAAWAHTMTOMH = fightingfish (L. user)
    IAL = Indian Almond Leaf aka. Ketapang leaf, aka. Catappa leaf
    K = Potassium, a macronutrient
    K = (also) degrees Kelvin, a lighting term referring to the "colour" of the light (eg 5000k is reddish, 10000k is bluish)
    KH = Carbonate Hardness - a measurement of the buffering capacity of water, expressed as concentration of carbonate ions (CO3) measured in ppm or degrees
    KH2PO4 = Potassium DiHydrogen Phosphate, a phosphate source
    KNO3 = Potassium Nitrate, a Nitrogen source
    K2SO4 = Potassium Sulphate, a potassium source (aka sulphate of potash)
    LED = Light emitting diode - A type of lighting. LEDs are more efficient, cooler, and longer lasting; but have some drawbacks (e.g. spectral output)
    LFS = Local fish store/shop
    Macrophyte = a plant large enough to be seen with the naked eye
    Mg = Magnesium, a plant nutrient
    MH = Metal halide lighting
    MTS = Multiple Tank Syndrome or Malaysian Trumpet Snail
    N = Nirogen, a macronutrient
    NPK = Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium - a general term referring to macronutrients sometimes as a ratio in this form (ie 15:3:8 = 15 parts N, 3 parts P, 8 parts K)
    NO = Normal output, relating to flourescent bulbs
    Otto = Otocinclus sp. catfish (usually O. affinis)
    P = Phosphorous, a macronutrient
    PAR = Photosynthetically Active Radiation
    Pleco = Plecostomus sp. catfish
    PMDD = Poor Man's Daily/Dosing/Dupla Drops - a fertiliser recipe, originally published by Sears and Conlin, based on Dupla's daily liquid fert addition; it worked on a principle of limiting algal growth by limiting macronutrients (especially P). Still useful, but largely superseded by regimes which use Phosphate (e.g. EI, PPS).
    Powersand = ADA Powersand - a substrate additive
    PPS = Perpetual Preservation System - a DIY fert regime, based on hydroponic horticultural methods.
    Prime = Seachem's Prime, a chlorine/chloramine neutraliser
    PT = The Planted Tank, a US plant forum
    RAOK = Random act of kindness
    RCS= Red Cherry Shrimp
    Reg = Regulator (usually for CO2)
    RO = Reverse osmosis
    SAM = Submerged aquatic macrophyte
    SAE = Siamese Algae Eater - esp. Crossocheilus siamensis
    SO4 = Sulphate, a plant nutrient
    Substrate = Gravel/ground layer of the aquarium
    T5 = Fourescent light tubes - 5/8 inch in diameter
    T8 = Flourescent light tubes - 8/8 inch in diameter
    T12 = Flourescent tubes - 12/8 inch in diameter
    TDS = Total dissolved solids - an approximation of total hardness
    TLA = Three letter acronym
    TMG = Tropica Mastrergrow, a liquid trace element mix made by Tropica aquatic plant nursery. Not currently available in Australia
    UG = Utricularia graminifolia
    UGF = Under gravel filter
    VHO = Very high output, relating to Flourescent bulbs

    OK, that's it for now - I'll add to it as time goes on, but the more help you guys give the better it'll be, ok?
    Last edited by rufus; 05-12-11 at 06:22 PM.
    Cheers,

    Rufus


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    Try this link Rufus. Saves you remembering all of them

    http://www.barrreport.com/articles/8...-i-missed.html
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    what an excellent resource and at such short notice.
    Thanks.

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    Thanks for the link Shake, There's a few lists out there - plenty of FAQ's as well, I was hoping to put something together in-house for us to use - you know, that way if we had anything specifically Australian....

    Charles, you're welcome - you were my inspiration
    Cheers,

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    I was just lazy LOL and couldn't be bothered typing
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    Nice one rufus,the one for the "The Planted Tank" is refered to as PT

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    LOL, my favourite was the TLA

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    LOL good work rufus i think this should become a sticky!! rufus has to much time on his hands =)

    thanks for that mate

    cheers eddie

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    Yeah like I didnt see YBLB on that list.

    FYI, its; you bloody little beauty.. add it to your list if you want.

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    Thanks for the time to make up the list Rufus...for us novices it has been a tremendous help..cheers...Mike

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    Good on ya Rufus, we Young 'uns to the PT life can use all the help we can get, BTW where are some good Aquarium stores in Perth? I am flying there tomorrow, and couldnt find any last time i was there...

    Awesome site too Congrats to all who persist...

    Leo, Alice Springs NT.

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    Thumbs Up Thanks!!!

    congratulations for the hard work of compiling all this information, it is sometimes difficult to know the meaning all these acronyms, we, the rookies are very happy
    Thanks again!
    Jon

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    LOL thanks, i can now on this forum knowing what you guys are talking about

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    Thanks for this posting. As a novice it is just what I was looking for. Personally not too keen on links as they tend to have a lot of stuff not used regularly. Can you please add CBS - CRS - RCS.
    Ta

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    Thanks for the feedback Novatan, I'll add them this week

    Btw, it would be great if folks could have a quick look at the list and shoot me any suggestions as to anything it may be lacking. The list is a couple of years old now and it's be good to keep it current

    Cheers!
    Cheers,

    Rufus


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