Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Advocate Aquarium Test Kits

1. Advocate Pet Test Blood Glucose Monitoring System for Dogs/Cats PT-100

User Ratings: 59 11

Advocate PHA00602 First Impressions

"This kit is amazing."

Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

  • Advocate Pet Test Blood Glucose Monitoring System for Dogs/Cats PT-100
  • Calibrated for Dogs and Cats
  • One-Button Switch Between Dogs & Cats
  • Smallest Sample Size Needed (0.3µL)
  • Test Results in Five (5) Seconds
  • Extremely Easy to Use - No Coding Required - Accurate & Precise Results
  • Manufacture: Rufas & Coco (Quest Products)
  • Product Dimensions: 2.37 x 3.55 x 5.52 inches; 7.04 Ounces
  • Batteries: 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Advocate PHA00602
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Advocate PHA00602 Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

Always nice to get something extra! These are working very well for me. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. No issues so far, test strips work well. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

Overall Score
4.0


(339 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Advocate Aquarium Test Kits

2. Advocate Blood Kit PetTest - Pet Glucose Monitoring System

User Ratings: 75 8

Advocate First Impressions

"See my attached photos."

No issues so far, test strips work well. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle.

  • Advocate Blood Kit PetTest - Pet Glucose Monitoring System
  • Kit Monitoring Glucose Levels Calibrated for Dogs and Cats
  • One-Button Switch Between Dogs & Cats
  • Smallest Sample Size Needed (0.3µL)
  • Test Results in Five (5) Seconds, Extremely Easy to Use
  • Kit Includes: 1 PetTest Blood Glucose Meter. 25 Test Strips. 25 Lancets. 1 Carrying Case. 1 Control Solution. 1 Lancing Device. 2 Batteries AAA. 1 PetTest Owner's Manual. 1 PetTest Quick Reference Guide. 1 PetTest DVD.
  • Manufacture: Advocate
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 4.9 x 6.6 inches; 9.59 Ounces
  • Batteries: 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
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Advocate Final Thoughts

"Was working great."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. Every test I do takes just a few drops. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Some of the readings develop better than others.

Overall Score
4.5


(20 Points)

3. Sera 3 Piece Vials Supplementary Pack Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 75

Sera 4945 First Impressions

"3 and not 0."

Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place.

  • Sera 3 Piece Vials Supplementary Pack Aquarium Test Kits
  • Country Of Origin : Germany
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 5.51 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 1.57 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 3.54 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Sera 4945 Final Thoughts

"Fast result."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

Overall Score
4.8


(10 Points)

4. Red Sea MCP Phosphate (PO4) Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums, Packing may vary

User Ratings: 63

MCP 21480 First Impressions

"Simple and easy to use."

Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. It you take it to a local fish store. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect.

  • Red Sea MCP Phosphate (PO4) Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums, Packing may vary
  • Red Sea Phosphate Test Kit Includes 100 tests.
  • Measurement of Phosphate in your aquarium to an accuracy of 0. 1ppm PO4.
  • For Saltwater/Reef/Marine Aquariums Only.
  • Country of Origin: CHINA
  • Age Range Description: All Stages
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2.5 inches; 3.99 Ounces
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MCP 21480 Final Thoughts

"Great strips."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc.

Overall Score
4.2


(10 Points)

5. 7 in 1 Count Aquarium Test Strips,100 Strips, Accurate Total Hardness, Chlorine, Bromine, Cyanuric A...

User Ratings: 72 2

TOOU First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. They quickly shipped me a new product. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

  • 7 in 1 Count Aquarium Test Strips,100 Strips, Accurate Total Hardness, Chlorine, Bromine, Cyanuric Acid, Alkalinity and pH Testing, for Fresh Water and Salt Water
  • AFFORDABLE 7 IN 1 TESTING KIT:These tests for essentials including Total Hardness, Free Chlorine, Bromine, Total Chlorine, Cyanuric Acid, Total Alkalinity and pH levels to give you an accurate reading of water conditions. Each strip tests for all results which are easy to read.
  • FAST AND ACCURATE : Just dip a strip into water for 2 seconds and then remove it. Hold the strip horizontally for 60 seconds. Compare with color chart and read within 60 seconds.
  • VALIDITY PERIOD : Store at 2℃~30℃ in a dry place and avoid light (2℃~8℃ is better) And the validity period is 24 months.
  • GREAT VALUE : Each bottle comes with 100 test strips – that’s about enough to test your waters twice a week for a full year.
  • REAL SERVICE : When you purchase, You can relax knowing you have a dedicated team of real people ready to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Manufacture: Bernice Toby
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TOOU Final Thoughts

"Was working great."

The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. No issues so far, test strips work well. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site.

Overall Score
4.5


(789 Points)

6. Sera Aqua-Test Set Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 76 2

Sera 4000 First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

The test strips work as advertised. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. But after last night these are a must have for me. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe.

  • Sera Aqua-Test Set Aquarium Test Kits
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums as well as ponds
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • 4 in 1 test kit
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 11.81 x 5.91 inches; 0.8 Ounces
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Sera 4000 Final Thoughts

"It's worth it."

This is essential for an accurate reading. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok.

Overall Score
4.6


(329 Points)

7. Sera Iron-Test (Fe) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 66 8

Sera 4610 First Impressions

"Thanks Red Sea."

It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I like API products and find them the most accurate. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2.

  • Sera Iron-Test (Fe) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums as well as ponds
  • Package Dimensions: 12.8 L x 4.2H x9.4W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.75 Ounces
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Sera 4610 Final Thoughts

"Gives me peace of mind."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. The test strips work as advertised. They quickly shipped me a new product. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it.

Overall Score
4.3


(57 Points)

8. Salifert Silicate Test Kit

User Ratings: 50 3

Salifert First Impressions

"Two packages were inside."

It is easy to use and accurate enough. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. It does take some time though to actually get it done. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site.

  • Salifert Silicate Test Kit
  • Silicate occurs in tap water or purified water when the reverse osmosis or de ionizing unit is not f
  • Silicate can result in diatom bloom and can block some essential trace elements such as vanadium and
  • The Salifert Test kit for silicate is a very fast, sensitive and accurate test, with two scales: an
  • Sufficient for 60 tests.
  • Can be used for marine, fresh and garden pond waterUL>Erroneous results might be obtained when the c
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.3 x 2 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Salifert Final Thoughts

"Great value, Speedy ship!"

Some of the readings develop better than others. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use.

Overall Score
4.2


(24 Points)

9. NilocG Aquatics Glass Co2 Drop Checker with 4dkh/PH Solution | Quickest, Most Accurate & Easiest to ...

User Ratings: 81 3

NilocG Aquatics First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. No issues so far, test strips work well. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. These are working very well for me. This is essential for an accurate reading. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok.

  • NilocG Aquatics Glass Co2 Drop Checker with 4dkh/PH Solution | Quickest, Most Accurate & Easiest to Use Glass Co2 Drop Checker with 4dKH/Ph Reagent Most Accurate Monitoring of Your Co2 Levels
  • WHY SHOULD YOU PURCHASE THIS DROP CHECKER AND INDICATOR SOLUTION: The biggest reason is that it comes with 4dKH fluid and ph reagent PRE-MIXED. If you aren’t using 4dkh fluid your reading is very unlikely to be accurate. Second this drop checker is very easy to use and fill. No need for syringes and other items, the indicator solution comes with a flip top bottle for extremely easy use.
  • IMPORTANT- MUST READ- It is very important to use 4dkh fluid and ph reagent in your Co2 drop checker. If your drop checker directs you to use tank water then it will not be accurate and you will not have a good idea of what the actual co2 levels are. If your co2 drop checker doesnt list 4dkh fluid then assume you dont have it. Its a must have for optimum accuracy!!!!!!!
  • Highest Quality Co2 Drop Checker With 4dKH/PH solution. Monitoring co2 levels in your planted aquarium is very important for the health of your plants and fish. This kit is complete with everything that you will need. It includes: High quality drop checker, suction cup, 60ml bottle of 4dkh/ph reagent solution.
  • EXTREMELY EASY TO USE CO2 DROP CHECKER- To use simply fill the drop checker half way with the Co2 Indicator Solution. Place suction cup on the drop checker and place in your planted tank. Wait 2 hours to read Co2 levels.
  • HOW TO READ CO2 DROP CHECKER- When your co2 is off the drop checker solution will be a deep blue color. After co2 has been on for around 2 hours you should notice the color change. Optimal co2 concentration will be at 30ppm which will be a green-light green color. If it remains blue your co2 is too low. If the color turns yellow then your levels are too high and may harm your fish. USE THE COLOR CHART ON THE SIDE OF THE CO2 INDICATOR SOLUTION or ON THE PRODUCT INSERT-
  • Manufacture: NilocG Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 3.4 x 3.3 inches; 3.99 Ounces
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NilocG Aquatics Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

Overall Score
4.7


(729 Points)

10. Salifert Calcium (CA) Aquarium Water Test KIT - Fresh & Marine Fish Tanks

Salifert First Impressions

"These strips are great."

Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. But it is accurate and convenient as is. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

  • Salifert Calcium (CA) Aquarium Water Test KIT - Fresh & Marine Fish Tanks
  • Item description The color change is sharp and facilitates the detection of small but highly significant fluctuations in the calcium concentration. Salifert's Coral Calcium additive is manufactured using a very special procedure.
  • NSW contains 400 – 450 mg/L calcium. Which is also the value we should strive for. For a stable aquarium environment the fluctuation in calcium content should preferably not more than approx. 15 mg/L. This automatically means that the calcium test should be able to monitor comparable fluctuations.
  • Manufacture: Salifert
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Salifert Final Thoughts

"Easy to read."

No one brand is going to guarantee against this. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

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