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post #1 of 62
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I think we need this thread for people just getting in to the hobby with all the latin and germen names in this hobby its tough.

Heres a few common ones.

Tunze powerheads and skimmers = "toon-zee" or "tun-zee".

Chaetomorpha (chaeto - a common macro algae) = "Kay-tow" .
please stop calling it "cheee-toe"

Zoanthids (soft coral) = "zoh-an-thids".

Koralia powerheads= "kor-al-lia".

Actinic lighting (blue supplement lighting)- "ack-tin-ick".

Aiptasia (pesky anemones)- "app-tay-jah"

False percula (A.ocellaris) - "Or-c-le-ris" not "false percula"<-- (this will make Bang guy happy.)

Please feel free to post more.
post #2 of 62
Kalkwasser = "caulk-wasser"

Amphiprion = "Amfi-prion" (Amphiprion Ocellaris Percula)

Banggai Cardinal = "Bang-guy" Cardinal

Aquarium = "A-qwer-E-um" NOT "Qwarium"

Nemo = "Clown-Fish"

Caulerpa Mexicana = "caw-ler-pa"

deoxyribonucleic acid = "D.N.A." (just for kicks!)
post #3 of 62
Originally Posted by SnakeBlitz33 View Post

Aquarium = "A-qwer-E-um" NOT "Qwarium"
For all those in Louisiana...

Someone needs to tell me how to pronounce detritus,
post #4 of 62
Originally Posted by SnakeBlitz33 View Post
Kalkwasser = "caulk-wasser"

Amphiprion = "Amfi-prion" (Amphiprion Ocellaris Percula)

Banggai Cardinal = "Bang-guy" Cardinal

Aquarium = "A-qwer-E-um" NOT "Qwarium"

Nemo = "Clown-Fish"

Caulerpa Mexicana = "caw-ler-pa"

deoxyribonucleic acid = "D.N.A." (just for kicks!)
Don't forget that D.N.A is also short for the National Dyslexic Association and the two should not be confused.
post #5 of 62
Originally Posted by stdreb27 View Post
For all those in Louisiana...

Someone needs to tell me how to pronounce detritus,
deh-trite-us
post #6 of 62
Originally Posted by SnakeBlitz33 View Post
Banggai Cardinal = "Bang-guy" Cardinal
Woot!!


Aiptasia - I pronounce it - Ape tay jah

Is that wrong?
post #7 of 62
and lets remember that anenome is not an enemy

how bout xoozanthellae (or how ever you spell it)
post #8 of 62
Originally Posted by renogaw View Post
and lets remember that anenome is not an enemy

how bout xoozanthellae (or how ever you spell it)
Zooxanthellae - Zoo zan thell
post #9 of 62
Originally Posted by FaTcAt View Post
Chaetomorpha (chaeto - a common macro algae) = "Kay-tow" .
please stop calling it "cheee-toe".
Mmm... Cheetos.

Originally Posted by FaTcAt View Post
False percula (A.ocellaris) - "Or-c-le-ris" not "false percula"<-- (this will make Bang guy happy.)
Check your spelling.

Oh-sell-LAHR-ris


BTW, doesn't this thread exist? I remember another one going around not long ago that got pretty comprehensive.
post #10 of 62
Originally Posted by FaTcAt
False percula (A.ocellaris) - "Or-c-le-ris" not "false percula"<-- (this will make Bang guy happy.)
I pronounce it: Awe-sell-air-is

post #11 of 62
Originally Posted by Bang Guy View Post
Woot!!


Aiptasia - I pronounce it - Ape tay jah

Is that wrong?
I thought it was App-tay-sha
post #12 of 62
You wouldn't believe how helpful this is for those of us who live in the po-dunk hills of the middle of nowhere. I literally have nobody who's ever heard most of these words before, let alone know how to pronounce them. No fish stores, no other local reefers, no nothing. Keep 'em coming!
post #13 of 62
good thread.

Originally Posted by FaTcAt View Post

Chaetomorpha (chaeto - a common macro algae) = "Kay-tow" .
please stop calling it "cheee-toe"
That is messed up. I didn't want to look like an idiot when asking the LFS for Chaeto, so i looked up the pronunciation and they gave me the wrong one.:
http://www.yourdictionary.com/chaeto-prefix

They have a "hear it" button, and I went out of my way to learn to say it, and I said it wrong. I had to say it like 5 times to the LFS before they got it, and they didn't even correct me. Stupid dictionary.

I also thought it was pronounced astinick
post #14 of 62
Yeah this stuff is great to know. You can know a lot about this hobby, but if you can't pronounce something in front of another reputable reefer, you'll look like an idiot.

BTW, I thought that DNA joke was golden

Copepod-cope-E-pod
post #15 of 62
What about all the different types of snails for the cuc. I remember I had a hard time pronouncing Nassarius
post #16 of 62
Nassarious = "nAss-sarious"

Astrina = "Ass-trina"

Astrea = "ass-trea"

Margarita = the alcoholic beverage

Cerith = "serith"

Urchin = "erchin"

A lot depends on what part of the country you are from. lol! I live in Louisiana, so some of what I hear is southern.
post #17 of 62
acans?

i thought it was uh-canz but people in my reef club say ay-kinz.
post #18 of 62
Chaetomorpha

Key-toe-mor-fa
post #19 of 62
Originally Posted by alix2.0 View Post
acans?

i thought it was uh-canz but people in my reef club say ay-kinz.
"A-cans" lol.

Acanthastrea Lordhowensis = "A-can-tha-strea lord-how-ensis"
post #20 of 62
cool so THEY were pronouncing it wrong.
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