Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Coralife Aquarium Hydrometers

1. Coralife Energy Savers ACLAF877 Deep Six Hydrometer

User Ratings: 67 7

Coralife 100108103 First Impressions

"024 and my refracto read."

I found mine was calibrated out of the box. At first, I was getting bubbles sticking to the rotating arrow. Wipe down glass surface to dry it and put it back on the shelf til next time. So once your instant ocean shows a measurement. Does just as good of a job of any meter you would buy at the store! I tried it over and over and no bubbles! Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off.

  • Coralife Energy Savers ACLAF877 Deep Six Hydrometer
  • Included components: All Components included in Picture and Description
  • Cora life is one of the markets leading manufacturers of premium aquarium products
  • Cora life's Hydrometer takes a true water sample at six inch depth
  • Easy to read and accurate, this specific gravity meter is designed to give temperature-corrected readings in warm water aquariums
  • Coralife is one of the market’s leading manufacturers of premium aquarium products
  • Coralife's Hydrometer takes a true water sample at six inch depth
  • Specific Gravity and Salinity PPT Scales
  • Optimal Specific Gravity / Salinity range indicator on scale
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 6.69 x 0.79 x 4.72 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coralife 100108103
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Coralife 100108103 Final Thoughts

"Easy instructions."

I couldn't decide between this and one of the float arm meters or both. Once I figured that out, it works great. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. I will update later to see if the refractor will keep its calibration. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right.

Overall Score
4.3


(543 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Coralife Aquarium Hydrometers

2. Coralife BioCube Mini Aquarium Hydrometer

User Ratings: 37 28

Coralife 100115642 First Impressions

"NO BUBBLES!"

My corals will be much happier now. Every time I leave to do something I come back and it's at the bottom of my tank. And it is much more accurate than my old salinity meter. This device is a godsend and so much easier and cleaner to use. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! Just give me one simple, accurate reading to go by, and I'm happy. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it.

  • Coralife BioCube Mini Aquarium Hydrometer
  • Can remain submerged inside your aquarium or sump
  • Know your salinity in a glance
  • Compact design allows for discreet placement in the aquarium
  • Ideal for all saltwater aquariums and sumps
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 1 x 6 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coralife 100115642
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Coralife 100115642 Final Thoughts

"I say it works very well."

Waterproof if you accidentally drop it in the pool. Do not spend money on calibration fluid to calibrate this meter. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. There are conversion charts and tables online. Wipe down glass surface to dry it and put it back on the shelf til next time. I would recommend you to purchase this and skip the other ones.

Overall Score
3.3


(57 Points)

3. Hikari AccuProbe Aquarium Hydrometer, Full

User Ratings: 68 10

Hikari 96010 First Impressions

"Couldn't be happier."

This device is a godsend and so much easier and cleaner to use. Bought this as a back up refractometer. I bought this salinity meter for my aquarium. My corals will be much happier now. I can check the water in 5 seconds without squinting. A hydrometer for making sure you have the right saltwater mix. Pretty darn accurate for the price.

  • Hikari AccuProbe Aquarium Hydrometer, Full
  • "Dry Hands" design avoids contamination of aquarium or water sample
  • Accurate to 0.001 specific gravity and salinity (PPT) measurements
  • Auto-temperature correcting design
  • Designed to give a temperature-corrected reading in warm water aquariums – 68°F to 85°F (20°C to 30°C)
  • Self-leveling, hanging device included
  • Manufacture: Phillips Feed & Pet Supply Natural Balance
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hikari 96010
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hikari 96010 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

There are conversion charts and tables online. If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate. The water was at what I expected it should be. Does just as good of a job of any meter you would buy at the store! If you read the directions in the box for the refractometer it's for freshwater. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap.

Overall Score
4.3


(9 Points)

4. Instant Ocean SeaTest Hydrometer

User Ratings: 59 6

Instant Ocean TK-504 First Impressions

"Calibrate it, use it."

Make your own by simply boiling some water and collecting the condensate. This one here was much cheaper,& exactly the same as they sold in the store. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. Normally that gives the more accurate reading. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap. Once I adjusted the refractometer, my aquarium salinity read 1. Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine.

  • Instant Ocean SeaTest Hydrometer
  • Marine hydrometer: Tests salinity and specific gravity in marine aquariums to help maintain a healthy tank
  • Accurate: Precise, full-range readings - accurate to +/- 0
  • Ready to use: Simply dunk in aquarium to fill with water, then set on level surface to read
  • Easy to read: Clearly marked to show results
  • Extra-wide stabilizer base: Two-color scale with a safe zone for simple results
  • Manufacture: Instant Ocean
  • Item Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Instant Ocean TK-504
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Instant Ocean TK-504 Final Thoughts

"Good price."

Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right. 026 with the new Aquatic Experts fluid. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. Looks to provide very accurate readings. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark.

Overall Score
4.2


(426 Points)

5. NEW RHS-10ATC 0-10% Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquarium

User Ratings: 53 7

Ade Advanced Optics RHS-10ATC First Impressions

"So, it does seem to work."

Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer. I bought this refractometer as a more accurate option for salinity than a hydrometer. But there are some ways to keep on getting accurate readings. I bought this salinity meter for my aquarium. Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues. The reading is big enough for you to read and it comes with the batteries. I don't know if that's a positive or negative but just different.

  • NEW RHS-10ATC 0-10% Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquarium
  • Manufacture: Ade Advanced Optics®
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ade Advanced Optics RHS-10ATC
  • Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Ade Advanced Optics RHS-10ATC Final Thoughts

"I recommended!"

I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. I have gone two years in this hobby with a hydrometer. Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate. Very quick to calibrate and to use. Just give me one simple, accurate reading to go by, and I'm happy. Clear readout with the ability to calibrate and focus. Excellent piece of equipment for the price.

Overall Score
3.9


(68 Points)

6. capetsma Salinity Tester, Accurate Sea Hydrometer Aquarium Marine Salinity Meter for Fish Tank Pond ...

User Ratings: 56 11

capetsma First Impressions

"Great Product, Thanks!"

Be sure to adjust the focus by turning the eye focal when you first receive. There are conversion charts and tables online. I have gone two years in this hobby with a hydrometer. Get precise salinity readings in moments. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! Make your own by simply boiling some water and collecting the condensate. There are conversion charts and tables online.

  • capetsma Salinity Tester, Accurate Sea Hydrometer Aquarium Marine Salinity Meter for Fish Tank Pond Water Saltwater Freshwater Specific Gravity Test
  • Safe Material & Unique Design: Made of durable Acrylic, this Fish Tank Test Kit salinity Hydrometer is designed with an automatic level function.
  • Quickly, easily, and accurately measurement: With this hydrometer saltwater aquarium test kit, you can test your marine aquarium's salt level and specific gravity, and It is optimum to be put into below 6" deep water to avoid the error caused by the oil film on the water.
  • Higher Accuracy & safe zone indicated: Readings are temperature-corrected & accurate to +/- 0. 001. specific gravity units ranges from 1. 000 - 1. 030 with a safe zone of 1.020-1.023. The outside range of scale indicates salinity ppt, ranges from 0-40, safe zone is 27-31.
  • Easy to Read & Clean: The easy-to-read swing-arm pointer and extra wide stable base provide an accurate test result. After use, soak this saltwater meter in mild acid(vinegar) for 30 minutes, rinse with tap water and air dry. Do not disassemble.
  • Wide Usage:Fit for brackish and reef salt marine aquariums. Perfect for testing both salinity and specific gravity of your brackish and marine tank.Includes salinity and specific gravity scales.Suitable for fresh water and sea water.
  • Manufacture: Capetsma
  • Editor's Impressions Of The capetsma
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

capetsma Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

Be sure to buy the calibration solution and test this before use! If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. Plenty of info on YouTube and the web if you don't know how. Works great,& comes in a storage box. Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine. Too that makes it appear too cheap. So worth it considering its great quality and great price.

Overall Score
4.0


(69 Points)

7. Pen Type Salinity & Temp Meter Measurement Units Checker Quality Tester ATC for Pond Pool Saltwater ...

User Ratings: 36 25

TEKCOPLUS SMTK-49_SOL First Impressions

"So here's the verdict."

Just give me one simple, accurate reading to go by, and I'm happy. This is perfect to keep a check on the salt level in your tank. He is too cute not to want to take care of properly. Bought this as a back up refractometer. Get precise salinity readings in moments. The unit is really easy to calibrate and used. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark.

  • Pen Type Salinity & Temp Meter Measurement Units Checker Quality Tester ATC for Pond Pool Saltwater Aquarium Cooking Seawater Drinking Water (Salinity Meter 70.0ppt + Buffer Sol'n)
  • Ideal for checking salt in fish tanks and aquariums, water monitoring, seawater-prepared food solutions, holding tanks and more!
  • Measuring Range: Salinity: 0.00~10.0 ppt (NaCL) and 10.1~70.0ppt (NaCL)
  • Auto Power-Off Function with disable feature
  • °C/°F unit switchable ,Easy one-touch calibration, Waterproof Rating: IP65
  • Calibration set: Buffer NaCI 50ppt and calibration guideline
  • Manufacture: TekcoPlus Ltd
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TEKCOPLUS SMTK-49_SOL
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

TEKCOPLUS SMTK-49_SOL Final Thoughts

"Measurement does work."

I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. Just rinse with warm water afterwards. I bought this salinity meter for my aquarium. I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. I have gone two years in this hobby with a hydrometer. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read. Compare it with the refractometer and adjust the refractometer so that it matches.

Overall Score
3.6


(5 Points)

8. Bubble Magus Digital Color Screen Salinity Meter

Bubble Magus First Impressions

"Good value."

YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. Every time I leave to do something I come back and it's at the bottom of my tank. On the shaft of the refractometer, there's a little, rubber-covered nub. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. Just rinse with warm water afterwards. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. Bought this as a back up refractometer.

  • Bubble Magus Digital Color Screen Salinity Meter
  • Manufacture: Bubble Magus
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Bubble Magus
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Bubble Magus Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

Functions just as it is supposed to. Be sure to buy the calibration solution and test this before use! Ambient room light at night is not enough and makes what you're viewing dark. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! I decided to upgrade and it was easy to calibrate. I would recommend this product to anyone that has a marine aquarium. So worth it considering its great quality and great price.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. Dr. Marine Saltwater Marine Aquarium Salinity Portable Refractometer Meter ATC 0~10% reef

Aquarium Equip D-803 UP鹽度檢測器 First Impressions

"Great Product, Thanks!"

I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. Great product I used for beer making and my saltwater aquarium. Bought this one to check my old one, this one checked right on the dot at 1. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off. I have purchased before will buy again! Don't spend your money on calibration solution.

  • Dr. Marine Saltwater Marine Aquarium Salinity Portable Refractometer Meter ATC 0~10% reef
  • This latest salinity refractometer is designed for testing the concentration of salt water and brine and used for quality control in research and clinical laboratories and marine industry. Its scale provides a direct reading of the specific gravity and concentration (Parts per Thousand) of salt in water.
  • Manufacture: UP AQUA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Equip D-803 UP鹽度檢測器
  • Accuracy
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Aquarium Equip D-803 UP鹽度檢測器 Final Thoughts

"Good product."

Now that it's calibrated I love it! On the shaft of the refractometer, there's a little, rubber-covered nub. Get precise salinity readings in moments. I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. Get precise salinity readings in moments. Comes with a nice carrying case for easy and secure transportation. Not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good reference point.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

10. Aquarium Refractometer, Seawater Salinity Meter Aquarium Optics Refractometer Temperature ATC Digita...

Hongzer First Impressions

"Easy to use."

Functions just as it is supposed to. It is essential to get some specialized aquarium calibration fluid for 1. It is easy to read and perform the procedure in seconds. It did not need adjusting to calibrate, though I tried to just to see how it worked. Once I figured that out, it works great. Be sure to buy the calibration solution and test this before use! So once your instant ocean shows a measurement.

  • Aquarium Refractometer, Seawater Salinity Meter Aquarium Optics Refractometer Temperature ATC Digital 0-10%
  • 0 to 10% salinity, 0.01% scale.
  • Durable aluminum body, durable and can use for a long time.
  • Adjust the focus by twisting the handle.
  • Compact design with rubber handle.
  • Soft and flexible eyepiece for added comfort. Instant and reliable aqueous solution measurement.
  • Manufacture: Hongzer
  • Item Weight: 8.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6.69 x 1.57 x 1.57 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hongzer
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hongzer Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! Pretty darn accurate for the price. Ambient room light at night is not enough and makes what you're viewing dark. Normally that gives the more accurate reading. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. I was surprise that the product was really cheap compare to the other ones. This refractor should last a good number of years.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

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