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L
When accompanying a tank size this term means long.
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T
When accompanying a tank size this term means tall.
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Aquarium salt
Standard salt without anticaking additives (NaCl).
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BB
Beneficial Bacteria - the bacteria that comprises the biological portion of the filter
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BF
When accompanying a tank size this term means bow front.
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Bioload
The amount of waste produced by all living things in your tank.
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Biological filtration
Filtration through naturally occuring bacteria which breakdown waste.
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BR
When accompanying a tank size this term means breeder.
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Buffer
That which maintains pH stability in one's tank. This can be in natural forms such as Texas holey rock or crushed coral. Or it can be in the form of baking soda or Cichlid/Rift lake salts.
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BW
Brackish Water
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CAE
Chinese Algae Eater
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CFL
Compact Flourescent Light (or Crazy Fish Lady)
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Chemical filtration
Involves a resin or carbon that chemically bonds with specific toxins.
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Complex
A group of closely related fishes that have yet to be described scientifically
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Con
Convict
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conspecific
Within the same species (complex), typically used to describe aggression.
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cycle
A short term for the nitrogen cycle.
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cycled
Refers to the nitrogen cycle, in this form it is usually asking if the nitrogen cycle is established.
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DIY
Do It Yourself
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Egg crate
This is the plastic material you see in fluorescent light fixtures in office buildings. In the aquarium it is used to distribute weight of rocks and prevent damage to the bottom glass. In some cases it can be used as a divider. The correct terminology is "eggcrate louver".
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Eutrophication
An increase in chemical nutrients in an ecosystem, typically compounds containing nitrogen or phosphorus.
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FW
Fresh Water
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GH
General hardness is primarily a measure of Calcium and Magnesium ions in water.
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GPH
Gallons Per Hour
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H
when accompaning a tank size this mean a high (tall) tank - as in 20High
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