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
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Advocate
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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. Salifert Master Reef Testing Combo Kit - Saltwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 84

Salifert First Impressions

"Thank you!"

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out!

  • Salifert Master Reef Testing Combo Kit - Saltwater Aquariums
  • Six Salifert Professional Test Kits
  • Includes Calcium, Nitrate, Phosphate, pH, Alkalinity & Magnesium
  • Includes all the Core parameters of any Saltwater Aquarium/Marine Reef Tank
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.4 x 6.7 inches; 1.55 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Salifert Final Thoughts

"75, for example."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. The test strips work as advertised. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. This is essential for an accurate reading.

Overall Score
4.8


(112 Points)

4. JNW Direct Pond Test Strips 7 in 1 - Test pH, Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Hardness and More, Accurat...

User Ratings: 63

JNW Direct First Impressions

"It's very easy to do."

It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. Every test I do takes just a few drops. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

  • JNW Direct Pond Test Strips 7 in 1 - Test pH, Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Hardness and More, Accurate Fish Pond Water Testing, Free App & Ebook Included, 50 Count
  • THE ULTIMATE AT HOME TESTING KIT for your pond. Tests for 7 parameters: Total Hardness, Free Chlorine, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, Total Alkalinity & KH / Carbonate
  • EXTREMELY EASY TO USE pond water test strips, Instant reliable results with simple and clear instructions. Simply dip and compare with large color chart on bottle. Ideal range marked on bottle
  • BONUS FREE MOBILE APP INCLUDED - Record, track and monitor your pond test strip results with ultimate accuracy. Available for IOS and Android
  • ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR FISH ARE HEALTHY, our fish test strips come with a great e-book explaining what your results mean and how you can keep your water in the perfect condition
  • 50 STRIPS MEANS 50 TESTS - Each testing strip provides accurate and fast results, making the process of checking your pond water chemistry so simple, quick and easy. Clean water = happy fish
  • Manufacture: JNW Direct
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JNW Direct
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

JNW Direct Final Thoughts

"Like nuclear waste water."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

Overall Score
4.5


(16 Points)

5. Seachem MultiTest Marine Basic Test Kit

User Ratings: 53 15

Seachem 116099004 First Impressions

"I used API prior to this."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. Every test I do takes just a few drops. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle.

  • Seachem MultiTest Marine Basic Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • For saltwater use only
  • Unique indicator
  • Four tests in one
  • 75 test
  • Unique indicator
  • Four tests in one
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.8 x 2.5 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116099004
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  • Value For Money
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Seachem 116099004 Final Thoughts

"So they're measuring!"

You mostly find them using API also. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium.

Overall Score
3.8


(19 Points)

6. JJ CARE [Pack of 120 Aquarium Test Strips 6 in 1, Aquarium Test Kit, Saltwater Aquarium Test Strips ...

User Ratings: 46 21

JJ CARE First Impressions

"Good value."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips.

  • JJ CARE [Pack of 120 Aquarium Test Strips 6 in 1, Aquarium Test Kit, Saltwater Aquarium Test Strips Freshwater, Fish Tank Test Strips, Aquarium Testing Kit, PH Test Strips
  • ✅ 6-WAY PARAMETER – The Aquarium Test Strips can test up to 6 parameters to make sure your aquarium water is in great condition: Nitrate, Chlorine, General Hardness, pH, Nitrite and Carbonate Alkalinity. Results are available in a matter of seconds! The indicator strips darken over time so it's best to compare color reactions in a quick manner. Complete instructions as well as the color-coded chart are printed on the bottle.
  • ✅ AQUARIUM TESTING KIT – Aquarium water, whether freshwater or saltwater, if not properly treated, can become host to numerous nasty organisms that can make your aquatic pets ill. How to stop this? Use treatment chemicals for balance. How to keep water quality in check? Keep chlorine away and other treatment chemicals in optimum levels using JJ Care's Aquarium Test Strips.
  • ✅ COST-EFFECTIVE AND RELIABLE - These 120-strip fish tank test kit is the preferred low cost and economical measuring tool for fish tanks in commercial establishments and homes. No need to hire a professional testing company! Compared to other testing kits, these freshwater and saltwater test strips are simple and more practical yet offer quick and accurate results.
  • ✅ HIGHLY IMPORTANT - The test strips method offers precision in reading levels of chlorine and other chemicals in aquarium water. The strip design is perfectly suited for testing treatment chemicals used in different types of aquariums and fish tanks at homes or establishments. Chemical testing is essential where water safety and quality is of high importance.
  • ✅ EASY TO USE - Benefit from having these aquarium water strips handy if you own a fish tank at home. It’s a convenient yet highly accurate way of balancing the chemistry in aquarium water - just dip and compare the color change for results in under a minute. The aquarium test strips are essential if you’re doing the actual water treatment to keep your aquatic pets safe, healthy and happy.
  • Nitrate
  • Chlorine
  • General Hardness
  • Manufacture: JJ CARE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JJ CARE
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JJ CARE Final Thoughts

"It's very easy to do."

32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. But after last night these are a must have for me. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

Overall Score
3.6


(29 Points)

7. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert
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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)

8. Salifert COPT Copper Test Kit

User Ratings: 64 10

Salifert COPT First Impressions

"Hope this was useful."

Always nice to get something extra! Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc.

  • Salifert COPT Copper Test Kit
  • The Salifert test kit offers a very sensitive and accurate test for measuring dissolved or weakly chelated copper with a pH of 7.5–9
  • Lasts for several copper cures or provides sufficient for up to 50 tests on tap or aquarium water as a routine check
  • Ca be used for marine, fresh and garden pond water
  • Strongly chelated copper will only be partly or not at all detected
  • Made in Holland
  • Manufacture: Royal Aquatic LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 1.59 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert COPT
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Salifert COPT Final Thoughts

"They work for me."

This is essential for an accurate reading. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. The test strips work as advertised. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. So I got these to try and I love them. The price is great for all these essential tests!

Overall Score
4.2


(32 Points)

9. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4000
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  • Value For Money
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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)

10. Salifert pH Test Kit

User Ratings: 84 4

Salifert 8714079130491 First Impressions

"I kid you not."

No one brand is going to guarantee against this. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. But after last night these are a must have for me. It you take it to a local fish store. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price.

  • Salifert pH Test Kit
  • The pH test kit provides accurate pH fluctuations
  • The pH test kit can perform up to 50 tests
  • The pH test monitors the pH and provides an effective alkalinity
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 1.59 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130491
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Salifert 8714079130491 Final Thoughts

"75, for example."

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

Overall Score
4.7


(108 Points)

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