Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fluval Aquarium Hydrometers

1. Fluval Sea Hydrometer for Aquarium, Medium

User Ratings: 46 17

Fluval 14356 First Impressions

"Works perfectly."

Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine. Like that it comes with everything needed. There are conversion charts and tables online. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. The product itself is very good quality and the included instructions are very clear. The reading is big enough for you to read and it comes with the batteries. Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues.

  • Fluval Sea Hydrometer for Aquarium, Medium
  • Helps measure specific gravity and salt level in marine aquariums
  • Features large, easy to read markings
  • Simple design-blends in easily
  • Item Package Weight: 0.185
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Item Weight: 0.81 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 14356
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Fluval 14356 Final Thoughts

"Works great for reefing!"

Great tool if you have a salt-water fish tank or a decorative pond. I strongly recommend a refractometer vs. It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer. Great product I used for beer making and my saltwater aquarium. It came with all that was listed in the in production description. Plenty of info on YouTube and the web if you don't know how.

Overall Score
3.7


(373 Points)

2. 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
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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)

3. Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salt Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium, 0% - 10% & 1....

User Ratings: 50 10

Ade Advanced Optics Salinity10 First Impressions

"No assembly required."

I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. Like that it comes with everything needed. It is essential to get some specialized aquarium calibration fluid for 1. Looks to provide very accurate readings. I was surprise that the product was really cheap compare to the other ones. It is essential to get some specialized aquarium calibration fluid for 1. Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine.

  • Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salt Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium, 0% - 10% & 1.0 to 1.070 S.g. Dual Scale Hydrometer By Adeadvancedoptics
  • Manufacture: Ade Advanced Optics®
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 2.8 x 1.42 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ade Advanced Optics Salinity10
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Ade Advanced Optics Salinity10 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues. This one read perfect, and the others were completely inaccurate. Then I made a mark on it to set the salinity of my fish tank. Great product I used for beer making and my saltwater aquarium. Now that it's calibrated I love it! It's fast, it's tidy, and it's accurate. 026 and the tank isn't, new animals will go into shock.

Overall Score
3.9


(145 Points)

4. AUTOUTLET Refractometer Saltwater Aquarium for Seawater,Pool,Tank,Testing,Marine Fishkeeping, 0-100P...

User Ratings: 83 2

AUTOUTLET 8541957195 First Impressions

"These seem spot on."

Not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good reference point. Ambient room light at night is not enough and makes what you're viewing dark. If you read the directions in the box for the refractometer it's for freshwater. And it is much more accurate than my old salinity meter. Waterproof if you accidentally drop it in the pool. My corals will be much happier now. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost!

  • AUTOUTLET Refractometer Saltwater Aquarium for Seawater,Pool,Tank,Testing,Marine Fishkeeping, 0-100PPT & 1.000-1.070 Salinity Tester with ATC Function Hydrometer Specific Gravity Salinity Meter Kit
  • 【Salinity Refractometer】Measure Salt Water or Salinity of Water,Monitor and Control the Concentration of Salt Water and Brine,Ideal for Aquariums and Marine Applications.
  • 【Measures on 2 Scales】Specific Gravity (D 20/20) and parts per thousand and replaces your poor quality and difficult to read hydrometer.
  • 【Density Measurement Range】1.0-1.070, Minimum Scale is 0.001.
  • 【Concentration Measurement Range】0-100‰, Minimum Scale is 1‰.
  • 【ATC】Automatic Temperature Compensation, 0-10°C.
  • Due to the difference of human focal lengths,when during adjusting, you may just need to rotate in reverse or re-adjust the distance between your eye and the eyepiece.
  • It's necessary to keep the surrounding environment with sufficient brightness and suitable temperature during use. Generally,there is no error in the temperature between 10℃-30℃.(50℉-86℉)
  • Specific Gravity (D 20/20) and parts per thousand and replaces your poor quality and difficult to read hydrometer.
  • Manufacture: AUTOUTLET
  • Product Dimensions: 7.87 x 3.54 x 2.36 inches; 8.48 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AUTOUTLET 8541957195
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AUTOUTLET 8541957195 Final Thoughts

"2 failed, 3 did not."

Just rinse with warm water afterwards. I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. Now that it's calibrated I love it! I HIGHLY recommend this to Aquarists! I have purchased before will buy again! I got this to have a more accurate read than the hydrometer. Too that makes it appear too cheap.

Overall Score
4.7


(757 Points)

5. HydroLogic HLTDS DM-2 Industrial Monitor

HydroLogic HLTDS First Impressions

"Case is nice as well."

Don't care much for having to post a review in order to activate warranty. YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. The water was at what I expected it should be. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. Get precise salinity readings in moments. Was calibrated and worked perfect right out of the box. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution.

  • HydroLogic HLTDS DM-2 Industrial Monitor
  • Measures The Flow Of Untreated Water Coming In Versus Purified Water Going Out
  • Comes Equipped With A 1/2" Inlet And 3/8Th Inch Outlet
  • Features An Auto-Off Function To Conserve Battery Power
  • No Assembly Required
  • Manufacture: Hydro-Logic
  • Item Weight: 2.38 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HydroLogic HLTDS
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HydroLogic HLTDS Final Thoughts

"Using for my Pacman frog."

Looks to provide very accurate readings. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! I've checked about 5 times with the hydrometer and each time has been near perfect. Once I figured that out, it works great. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. Clear readout with the ability to calibrate and focus. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. 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
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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)

7. Aichose Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium, Saltwater Pool, with AT...

User Ratings: 71

aichose SR0024BE First Impressions

"Easy to use."

I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. I was surprise that the product was really cheap compare to the other ones. Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. 010; I can easily read this off of the refractometer. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. It did not need adjusting to calibrate, though I tried to just to see how it worked.

  • Aichose Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium, Saltwater Pool, with ATC Function, Dual Scale: Salinity 0-100‰ and Corresponding Specific Gravity
  • It is designed for the measurement of seawater or low concentrated saltwater.
  • Dual scale: 0-100‰ salinity and corresponding specific gravity 1.000-1.070
  • Automatic temperature compensation function minimizes the effect of the temperature on testing result.
  • Easy to Use: It's very easy to use even for new users. And no battery needed.
  • Ideal for marine fishkeeping aquarium, saltwater pool, marine monitoring,lab,agricultural, gardening and educational purposes.
  • Manufacture: XDC Co,.Ltd.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The aichose SR0024BE
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aichose SR0024BE Final Thoughts

"Gave me confidence."

I would like to provide a great marine environment for sea-fishes. It's perfectly accurate based on the known calibration fluid. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution. Great little device to check your salt water levels in the swimming pool or spa. A hydrometer for making sure you have the right saltwater mix. I would like to provide a great marine environment for sea-fishes. I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate.

Overall Score
4.5


(37 Points)

8. Abuycs Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium, Saltwater Tester Hydrome...

User Ratings: 86

Abuycs First Impressions

"This tool is AMAZING!"

I have gone two years in this hobby with a hydrometer. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. The unit is really easy to calibrate and used. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. My meter came already calibrated to 0. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right. Works well on my Saltwater Aquarium.

  • Abuycs Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium, Saltwater Tester Hydrometer, Dual Sacle 0-100ppt & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity with ATC Automatic Temperature Compensation
  • ✅DUAL SCALE MEASURES SALT PERCENT AND SG:Specific gravity,range: 1.000-1.070 g/cm3, resolution: 0.001 g/cm3.Salt percent, range: 0-100 ppt ( or say parts per thousand), resolution: 1 ppt.It is designed for the measurement of seawater (marine aquaria) or very low concentrated salt solutions.
  • ✅ ENDLESS APPLICATION AND EASY TO USE,:Ideal for testing and monitoring aquariums,fish tank, saltwater pool,seawater.Just need 2-3 drops of solution, you can get accurate readings. No batteries needed.
  • ✅ATC TECHNOLOGY:Handheld Salinity Refractometerr with Automatic Temperature Compensation(ATC),no more worry about the temperature change will influence the reading accuracy.the fish keeping refractometer will account for changes in ambient temperature and automatically compensate accordingly to provides accurate and repeatable measurements.
  • ✅AIRCRAFT ALUMIUM BODY MATERIAL:The aquarium refractometer is made of non-staining, non-corrosive and non-reactive aluminum which is lightweight to carry,anti-scratch and durable.
  • ✅WIDE APPLICATION: It is for measuring the salinity of salt water quickly and accurately, ideal for agriculture, industry and research application, such as mariculture, fish culture, aquarium, marine survey, water quality monitoring, salt production, manufacture of normal saline, salinity measurement in food processing etc. Can also be used for medical institutions, university research and so on.
  • Manufacture: Rockgood ltd.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Abuycs
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Abuycs Final Thoughts

"Easy instructions."

The refractor was off out off the box. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. Don't spend your money on calibration solution. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. Works well on my Saltwater Aquarium. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on.

Overall Score
4.6


(10 Points)

9. Kocome Marine Hydrometer Reef Fish Tank Aquarium Water Salinity Specific Gravity Tester

User Ratings: 71

Kocome First Impressions

"Great kit."

I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. Plus it is super easy to use and clean. I did NOT calibrate, but am getting accurate readings. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. It's fast, it's tidy, and it's accurate. But with alittle persistance I am able to read it. Don't care much for having to post a review in order to activate warranty.

  • Kocome Marine Hydrometer Reef Fish Tank Aquarium Water Salinity Specific Gravity Tester
  • Accurate and easy to read.
  • Size: 3.54×4.72×0.59in (Approx.).
  • Readings are temperature-corrected & accurate to +/- 0. 002 specific gravity units which range from 1. 000 - 1. 030 specific gravity.
  • It is optimum to be put into below 6" deep water, so it can avoid the error from the oil slick.
  • Perfect for testing both salinity and specific gravity of your brackish and marine tank.
  • Manufacture: KOCOME
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Kocome
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Kocome Final Thoughts

"026 as expected."

I would recommend you to purchase this and skip the other ones. I have tried others before but this has given me accurate and stable results. On the shaft of the refractometer, there's a little, rubber-covered nub. I couldn't decide between this and one of the float arm meters or both. Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate. Looks to provide very accurate readings. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right.

Overall Score
4.6


(9 Points)

10. Dual Scale Salinity Refractometer ATC 0-100ppt (0-10%) & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity, Portable Mete...

User Ratings: 76 4

Gain Express RES-10ATC First Impressions

"Documentation is limited."

So once your instant ocean shows a measurement. And always make sure there is no bubbles on the measuring unit. Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. But with alittle persistance I am able to read it. Make your own by simply boiling some water and collecting the condensate. Works great,& comes in a storage box. Trying to turn it by hand won't work.

  • Dual Scale Salinity Refractometer ATC 0-100ppt (0-10%) & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity, Portable Meter Tester for Seawater Salt Sea Water Aquarium Brackish Reef Tank Marine
  • Range: 0-100ppt (0-10% Salinity) and Density/ Specific Gravity 1.000-1.070 1ppt Salinity and 0.001 g/cm3 Density Resolutions
  • Water or a salt (brine) refractometer preferred by aquarist, it checks saltwater & brine or salinity of water, best for aquariums and marine monitoring
  • True seawater or a salt (brine) refractometer preferred by aquarist
  • Calibrate simply by distilled water, comes with free screwdriver for calibration
  • Has automatic temperature compensation (ATC) and has built with the highest and finest quality of aluminum & rubbe
  • Manufacture: Gain Express Holdings Ltd
  • Part Number: REB-32ATC
  • Material: ABS Material for Handle
  • Item Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Color: 0-10% Salinity
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Gain Express RES-10ATC
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Gain Express RES-10ATC Final Thoughts

"Good product."

For the price you definitley cant beat this meter is great! Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. Comes with a nice carrying case for easy and secure transportation. Get precise salinity readings in moments. I have tried others before but this has given me accurate and stable results. Im using it for trying to create water conditions for amano zoes. I couldn't decide between this and one of the float arm meters or both.

Overall Score
4.6


(49 Points)

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