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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Filtration/Cycling -
HOB - Hang On Back (Filter) also known as a Power Filter
BB - Benificial Bacteria
TSS - Tetra SafeStart
Am - Ammonia
Ni - Nitrite
Na - Nitrates
API Master - API Master Freshwater Liquid Test Kit

Plants -
NPT - Natural Planted Tank
DSB - Deep Sand Bed

Fish/Inverts/Amphibians -
RCS - Red Cherry Shrimp
Oto - Otocinclus
ADF - African Dwarf Frog
ACF - African Clawed Frog
JD - Jack Dempsey
EBJD - Electric Blue Jack Dempsey
HM - Halfmoon Betta
HMDT - Halfmoon Double Tail Betta
HMPK - Halfmoon Plakat Betta
DT - Delta Tail Betta
PK - Plakat Betta
VT - Veil Tail Betta
ST - Spade Tail Betta

Lingo -
IMO - In My Opinion
IMHO - In My Honest Opinion
JMO - Just My Opinion
JMHO - Just My Honest Opinion

Other -
TFK - Tropical Fish Keeping

That's all I can think of, if you have something to add, please post and a moderator will add it to the list.

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My "thanks" button is broken - but thank you for doing this just the same!
We should collect them from BF (BettaForum), and Saltwater, too!
I KNOW there are more, but my brain isn't working right now. . . >.<

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Discussion Starter #3
Added betta abbreviations to the list.

DHG - Dwarf Hairgrass
HC - Dwarf Baby Tears

need to be added under Plants

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ACF - African Clawed frog (Xenopus laevis)
ADF - African Dwarf Frog (Hymenochirus Curtipes)
AM - ammonia
API Kit - API Master freshwater liquid test kit
ATF - African Tiger Fish (Hydrocynus vittatus)

BBA - black brush algae
BBS - baby brine shrimp
BB - benificial bacteria
BBG - Bumblebee Goby
BGA - blue green algae
BF -
BGK - black Ghost Knife (Apteronotus albifrons)
BH - beef heart
BN - Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)
BP - Blood Parrot
BR - Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)
BS - brine shrimp
BW - brackish water, blackworm, bloodworm

CA - calcium, Central American
CaCl - calcium chloride
CFL - compact flourescent
CK - Clown Knife (Chitala chitala)
CL- Clown Loach (Chromobotia macracanthus)
Co2 - carbon dioxide
CR - coral reef
Crypt - Cryptocoryne sp.
CuC - clean-up crew

Dechlor - dechlorinator or dechlorinate
DHG - dwarf Hairgrass
DI - deionisation (i.e. RO/DI)
DIY - do it yourself
DOA - dead on arrival
DP - Dwarf Puffer (Carinotetraodon travancoricus)
D.Sag - Dwarf Sagittarius
DSB - deep Sand Bed
DT - delta Tail Betta
DW - distilled water

EBJD - electric blue Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciata)

F1 - first generation of fish bred from wild caught specimens
F8 - Figure Eight puffer (Tetraodon biocellatus)
FD - freeze-dried
FH - Flowerhorn Cichlid
FM - Firemouth Cichlid (Thorichthys meeki)
FOWLR - fish only with live rocks
FW - freshwater
FYI - for your information

G/Gal - gallon
GATF - Goliath African Tiger fish (Hydrocynus goliath)
GBR - German blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
GH - general Hardness
GT - Green Terror (Andinoacara rivulatus)

H20 - water
H2O2 - hydrogen peroxide
HC - Hemianthus callitrichoides (dwarf baby tears)
HM - halfmoon betta
HMDT - halfmoon double tail betta
HMPK - halfmoon plakat betta
HITH - hole in the head
HLLE - head and lateral line erosion
HOB - hang on back (filter)
HRP - honduran red point cichlid
HTH - hope that/this helps

ICH/ICK- Ichthyophthirius multifiliis
IME - in my experience
IMO - in my opinion
IMHO - in my humble/honest opinion

JD - Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciata)
JMO - just my opinion
JMHO - just my honest ppinion

K - potassium
KH - carbonate hardness

- local fish club
LFS - local fish store/shop
LPS - large polyp stony coral
LR - live rock
LS - live sand

MH - metal halide
MTS - multiple tank syndrome; Malaysian Trumpet snail ( Melanoides tuberculata)

Na - nitrates
NH3 - ammonia
NH4 - ammonium
Ni - nitrite
NO2 - nitrite
NO3 - nitrate
NPT - natural Planted Tank
NTS - new tank syndrome

O2 - Oxygen
O - oscar (Astronotus ocellatus)
OP - Original Post(er)
Oto - Otocinclus catfish
OTS - old tank syndrome

PB - peacock bass (Cichla ocellaris)
PH - used to measure acidity/alkalinity of a solution
PK - plakat betta
PM - private message
PPM - parts per million
Prazi - praziquantel
Prime - Seachem Prime
PWC - partial water change

QT - quarantine tank

RBP - red bellied piranha (or pacu)
RCS - red cherry shrimp (Neocaridina Heteropoda)
RO - reverse osmosis
RTC - red tailed catfish (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus)
RTG - red tailed golden arowana
RTS - red tailed shark (Epalzeorhynchos bicolor)
RUGF - reverse under-gravel filtration

SA - South American
SAE - Siamese algae eater (Crossocheilus langei)
SD - silver dollar (Metynnis hypsauchen)
SH - snakehead
SPS - small polyp stony coral
ST - spade tail betta
SW - saltwater

T5/T8/T12 - types of fluorescent light bulb
TB - tuberculosis
TDS - total dissolved solids
TFK - TropicalFishKeeping,com
TMS - Tahitian Moon sand
TSN - tiger shovelnose (Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum)
TSS - Tetra SafeStart

UG/UGF - undergravel filter
UV - ultraviolet

VHO - very high output
VT - veil tail betta

WC - water change
WD - wet/dry filter
WPG - watts per gallon
WTB - want to buy
WTS - want to sell

I KNEW we had one around here somewhere. . .

Looks like our list is already longer >.<
. . . I'll combine the three

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Discussion Starter #8
Not sure what it stands for. Distilled, perhaps?

Fry, Bioload and Overstocked would be a good to add as well.

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lol, people need to know those, but they're not abbreviations!
You'll never be able to define 'overstocked' or 'bioload' in one word! ^__^
Updating the list in post 2 (I don't want to UN-sort yours by type :/)

Lemme know if I missed any, or if you think of more - I KNOW there are more! o_O

Oh! DI - Deionisation

Never seen that used here!

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Discussion Starter #10
Do whatever you feel necessary, Chesh. I just figured that having it sectioned off would make it more useful to someone looking for a specific abbreviation. I think common terms should be included, summed up in 1-2 sentences, that's why I added those. They are important in the fish world. Maybe that's another sticky, though?

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Another sticky, *I* would say. But that's a decision for the Reference Team!
Both teams are working on a lot of changes to our Reference Section, including sorting through/cleaning up our current stickies - it could be that one of those exists, too - but is lost somewhere in the forum, lol!
If not, we can make one! Or add them in, if RT wants to do it that way. Can't hurt to post them here and start a 2nd list?

Thanks for all your help, Flint! <3

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Discussion Starter #12
I'll write up a common term list tomorrow. I'm too pooped to put a lot of thought into anything right now. I just responded to a thread and now I can't find it. :evil:

I'll add to the cleaning up the forum thing in my next pm response. I was just thinking about that.

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I steer clear of too many abbreviations as it can be rather confusing when they start to overlap each other or conflict with non hobby related terms.When you start to do salt and fresh it becomes even more complicated. I do think there should be a translation page such as this but I do not promote using them.

I suppose there are times when it is appropriate but those are exceptions.

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As a rule, I agree with you, Gilly.
I'm guilty of using a few of them, though my in-born love of writing prevents it from being *too* often
. . . my posts might be far shorter if I did. >.<

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lol :lol:
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Guilty of that one, for sure! Also - TMS, MTS, ADF and Crypt. . .
. . .andsince I do what I do here TFK, BF, OP MT(Moderation Team) RT (for Reference Team) RS (Reference section). I'm sooooo tempted to build an entire sentence without using a single complete word right now! ^__^

Gilly - I retract my previous post! >.<

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I love English! Especially when its put to new and interesting uses. I know that it doesn't matter and probaly no one cares, but most of the items on the list are acronyms NOT abbreviations...
Acronyms use first letters in place of whole words, abbreviations shorten words. ex- acronym: USA, RTS, WTF, NASA
-abbreviation: gal., tsp., wed., hygro.,
Seriously though, thanks for the list, many times on this forum I get stuck at an acronym or abbreviation and have to guess.

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one should also take into account how things can be misinterpreted :hmm::tease:
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My rics,acros and acans, need calc,alk,and mag mixed from my moded RODI of proper temp before more RTN sets in from a recent frag.

Whenever I see GSP I think of Green Star Polyps seeing as it is a common coral,but I am sure you all are thinking about a certain puffer. I did not know about the puffer thing until I was trying to figure out how there coral contracted ich and was swimming funny gasping for air.

I try and stick to writing and typing more but am guilty of using the acronyms\abbreviations form time to time.

Thanks again for the thread.

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Be it abbreviations or acronyms using too many on here can be too confusing to ppl especially new ppl on here. Even if you make a sticky on it Ches not sure everyone will know where to find it or even know one exist. I mean look at how many we have now and where they are.
Not saying making a Sticky for this is useless but just say maybe using words would be best most of the time. Especially when one acronym has more then one meaning.
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