Acidic – it means having a pH that is not more than seven

Aerobic – it means it requires or has sufficient amounts of air

Aggregate – these are course materials that include crushed gravel or rock

Alkaline – it means having a pH level beyond seven

Ammonia – ammonia is created by the waste of your fish via their gills. If ammonia builds up without it being diluted to non-toxic levels or converted in the system then it can become very harmful to both your plants and your fish.

Anaerobic – these are the dead zones that are caused by harbor bacteria, the release of harmful toxins and inadequate supplies of oxygen.

Aphid – these are sap sucking and soft-bodied insects that come in four different colors. Some are green, white and yellow with others are black.

Aquaculture – aquaculture is the term used in the cultivation of aquatic plants and animals in a controlled milieu.

Aquaponics – this is the symbiotic relationship between fish and plants growing together in a single system.

Autosiphon – auto siphon a convenient process of regulating flood and drain cycles of grow beds.

Bacillus Thur Inge NSIS – bacillus Thur Inge NSIS are naturally occurring microorganisms that are highly effective in treating against caterpillars. These microorganisms are proven organic and are not toxic to beneficial organisms.

Bacteria – bacteria are naturally occurring microorganisms that are classified as either good or bad.

Biological filter – an example of a biological filter is a grow bed. This is the place that encourages colonization of nitrifying bacteria.

Blue metal – this is a gray colored crushed aggregate or rock. An example of this is granite.

Broodstock – Broodstock is the mature fish used for the generation production of young.

Buffer – a buffer is an additive that is resistant to alterations in pH when small quantities of alkali or acid are incorporated into the system.

BYAP – this stands for Backyard Aquaponics

Calcium – Calcium is a white or silver soft alkaline earth metal that is necessary for plant growth.

Calcium carbonate – Calcium carbonate is usually found in limestone, marble, and chalk. It is also used to buffer your pH levels.

Carnivore – a carnivore is a certain type of organism that feeds exclusively or mainly on the tissues of animals

CHIFT PIST – this stands for constant height in fish tank – pump in sump tank

Chloramine – chloramine is a mixture of chlorine and ammonia and they are normally used to treat water and as a disinfectant.

Chlorine – chlorine is a very powerful bleaching and disinfecting agent and is usually used in drinking water supplies.

Clay – clay consists of fine-grain minerals that harden when dried or fired up, it is also naturally occurring.

Coir – coir is a natural fiber that can be obtained from coconut husks.

Cycled – a system is considered cycled if it has already established appropriate amounts of beneficial bacteria.

Cycling – Cycling is the process of establishing a colony of beneficial bacteria in a system.

Dechlorinate – dechlorinate means to rid the water of chlorine.

DWC – DWC stands for deep-water culture; this is a hydroponic technique of growing plants that are settled in water rich in nutrients.

Deficiency – deficiency means a shortage or lack of

Detritus – this is rotting matter or waste found at the very bottom of your fish tank.

Dissolved oxygen – this is a measure of dissolved oxygen that are carried in or are in a certain media

DWV – DWV stands for Drain waste vent; DWV is a type of fittings and pipe that are used to drain waste and to vent plumbing

Ebb and flow – this is the method of flooding and draining a grow bed filled with media.

Expanded clay – these are clay pellets that are fired up in a kiln. In the process, these pellets expand and transform into porous balls.

FCR – Feed conversion ratio; this is the amount of feed you have given to an animal compared to the weight it has gained.

Fingerling – a fingerling is a young fish that has grown to be the size of a finger.

Flood and drain – this is the process of flooding and draining fish water in a grow bed filled with media.

Food grade – these are elements made to a standard for coming in contact with foodstuff

Fry – fry is a very tiny fish or a young

Fungicide – fungicide is chemical compounds that are used to inhibit or kill fungi or fungal spores.

Gravel – these are rock particles.

Grow bed – this is where your plants grow within an Aquaponic system.

Growing media – growing media is a substrate for bacteria habitat as well as plant root anchoring

Hydroponics – Hydroponics is the method of growing plants without the need for soil.

Hydroton – Hydroton is a brand of expanded clay balls or clay that has a very high water storage volume.

IBC – IBC stands for the intermediate bulk container used to transport and store liquids.

Irrigation – this is the simulated application of water to soils or lands

LECA – LECA stands for light expanded clay aggregate

Lime – this is actually calcium oxide. This is extracted from heating corals, limestone, chalk or seashells. This is also used to buffer pH levels.

Limestone – this is the sedimentary used to buffer pH levels.

NFT – NFT stands for nutrient film technique wherein plants are being suspended in a tiny and enclosed gutter. And then a thin film of water passes through its roots to supply the nutrients.

Nitrate – nitrate is naturally occurring nitrogen that is made available for the plants to use.

Nitrite – nitrite is generated as part of the nitrogen cycle; this is very toxic to your fish

Nitrogen cycle – nitrogen cycle is the process wherein nitrogen is converted to different chemical forms.

Nitrobacter – this is the bacterium that oxidizes nitrite and converts it into nitrate.

Nitrosomonas – this is the type of bacterium that oxidizes ammonia and converts it into nitrite

PPM – PPM stands for parts per million

PPT – PPT stands for parts per thousand

Purge – this is the process of removing impurities through cleansing

PVC – PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride – plastic polymer

Salt – this is a mineral that is chiefly composed of sodium chloride

SLO – SLO stands for Solids Lift Overflow – this is a piping technique used to extract the solids from the fish tank

Species – Species is a biological classification for a group of organisms that have the capacity to interbreed and produce fertile offspring.

Standpipe – Standpipes are the tools that set the maximum level of water in a particular to grow bed. Excess water that is pumped into the grow bed is channeled straight over the top of your standpipe and goes straight down the drain.

Standpipe surround – this is the casing that surrounds your standpipe allowing water to flow through the drilled holes

Stormwater – this is water collected as a result of rain events.

UV stabilized – this is the object or substance that are protected from the long-term effects of ultraviolet exposure and light.