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Acronym listing

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by Tom Barr, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    Jan 23, 2005
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    BBA= black brush algae

    The jargon acronyms:

    C Carbon
    Ca Calcium
    CAE Chinese Algae Eater (not highly recommended)
    Fe iron
    gdh German degrees hardness
    GH general hardness
    H Hydrogen
    hygro hygrophelia (fast growing aquatic plant having many varieties)
    K Potassium (type of fertilizer)
    KH carbonate hardness/alkalinity
    Mg Magnesium
    N Nitrogen (type of fertilizer)
    NO2 nitrite
    NO3 nitrate
    O Oxygen
    otto (also oto) - Otocinclus (a recommended algae eating fish)
    P Phosphorus
    pleco (also pl*co) - plecostomus (various species of algea eating fish)
    PMDD Poor Man's Dupla Drops (homemade liquid fertilizer)
    PO4 phosphate
    ppm parts per million
    S Sulphur
    SAE Siamese Algae Eater (eats red algae)
    val vallisnaria
    < less than (see greater than)
    > greater than (as in >3.0ppm greater than 3.0 ppm)

    Acronyms can be confusing and no doubt plenty of them get thrown around on
    this list. I thought it an interesting challenge to come up with as many
    of the more common ones as I could think of. Any corrections or additions
    are welcome of course. Note that some symbols, those of ions, will
    sometimes (and correctly) appear in normal use with their electrical
    charge. For instance, potassium may be written as K+ or nitrate might be
    written as NO3-. For the sake of readability, I left charges off for the
    most part.

    C = carbon
    Ca = calcium
    CaCO3 = calcium carbonate
    Cl = chloride
    CO2 = carbon dioxide
    CO3 = carbonate
    Cu = copper
    CuSO4 = copper sulfate
    Fe = iron
    Fe+2 = ferrous iron
    Fe+3 = ferric iron
    H = hydrogen -- hydronium
    H2CO3 = carbonic acid
    H2O2 = hydrogen peroxide
    H2S = hydrogen sulfide
    H2SO4 = sulfuric acid
    HCO3 = bicarbonate
    HCl = hydrochloric/muriatic acid
    HNO3 = nitric acid
    K = potassium
    K2SO4 = potassium sulfate -- Sulfate of Potash
    K2HPO4 = dibasic potassium phosphate
    KCl = potassium chloride -- Muriate of Potash
    KH2PO4 = monobasic potassium phosphate
    KNO3 = potassium nitrate -- Salt Peter
    Mg = magnesium
    MgSO4 = magnesium sulfate
    MgSO4 * 7H2O = Epsom Salts
    N = nitrogen
    Na = sodium
    NaCl = sodium chloride -- table/aquarium salt
    NaHCO3 = sodium bicarbonate -- Baking Soda
    NH3 = ammonia
    NH4 = ammonium
    NO2 = nitrite
    NO3 = nitrate
    O = oxygen -- superoxide -- oxygen free radical
    O2 = oxygen (gas)
    P = phosphorus
    PO4 = phosphate
    S = sulfur
    SO4 = sulfate

    DO = dissolved oxygen
    ORP = oxidation-reduction potential
    TDS = total dissolved solids

    PC or CFL = (power) compact fluorescent
    VHO = very high output fluorescent
    NO = normal output fluorescent
    MH = metal halide

    Many of the acronyms used here and elsewhere on the Internet for common
    phrases -- shorthand such as YMMV (your mileage may vary), FWIW (for what
    it's worth), etc. -- as well as some other useful acronyms can be found here:

    'Tom Barr
  2. fosteder

    fosteder Guru Class Expert

    Feb 3, 2005
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    Re: Acronym listing

    I'll add one:

    CEC - Cation Exchange Capacity

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