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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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 Ammonium/Ammonia-Test (NH4/NH3) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 68 2

Sera 4910 First Impressions

"Simple and easy to use."

I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. No issues so far, test strips work well. Some of the readings develop better than others. The test strips work as advertised. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. No one brand is going to guarantee against this.

  • Sera Ammonium/Ammonia-Test (NH4/NH3) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums as well as ponds
  • Very accurate
  • Easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4910
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4910 Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds.

Overall Score
4.5


(98 Points)

4. PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit

User Ratings: 40 33

Pondcare 65L First Impressions

"Worked pretty well."

You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. So I got these to try and I love them. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit
  • Fresh/saltwater Copper Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Pondcare
  • Item Weight: 2.11 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 7 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pondcare 65L
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Pondcare 65L Final Thoughts

"Helps keep my fish happy."

They quickly shipped me a new product. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The key is that you are looking for changes. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. The test strips work as advertised. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness.

Overall Score
3.2


(11 Points)

5. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21405 Saltwater Calcium Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests

User Ratings: 79 3

Red Sea 306009 First Impressions

"I know, I'm terrible."

The price is great for all these essential tests! It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. It you take it to a local fish store. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21405 Saltwater Calcium Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 5.59842519685039 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 5 Inches
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 3.09842519685039 Inches
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.51 x 3.15 inches; 13.62 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306009
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Red Sea 306009 Final Thoughts

"A great kit!"

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well!

Overall Score
4.6


(30 Points)

6. EASYTEST 6-Way Aquarium Test Strips for Freshwater, Fast and Accurate Quality Testing for Nitrate, N...

User Ratings: 73 5

EASYTEST First Impressions

"Was good for 3 years."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. Every test I do takes just a few drops. It is easy to use and accurate enough. But it is accurate and convenient as is. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. It you take it to a local fish store. I respect a company that backs their product.

  • EASYTEST 6-Way Aquarium Test Strips for Freshwater, Fast and Accurate Quality Testing for Nitrate, Nitrite, General Hardness, Free Chlorine, PH, Carbonate. 100 Counts
  • TEST FOR 6 PARAMETERS: Nitrite, Nitrate, General Hardness, PH, Free Chlorine, Carbonate
  • FAST&EASY: No need to shake strip after dipping into water,just one single dip in the water for 2 seconds and then remove it. Hold the strip horizontally for 60 seconds, compare with color chart on bottle to get accurate results of your water quality.
  • ACCURATE RESULTS: EASYTEST test strips are made of high-quality fiber paper and specially designed as 6mm width to ensure color pads have better contact with water, so the strips will provide instant and reliable result for AQUARIUMS, FISH TANKS and PONDS.
  • LONG SHELF LIFE: 100 Stripes In total. 50 in Bottle. 50 refills in sealed moisture-proof foil bag to ensure the stripes can be stored for 2 years.
  • TESTING TIPS: It is important to test often to verify good water quality for your fish. Test weekly with EASYTEST aquarium 6 in 1 test strips, you can determine water values quickly, safely and easily. Please contact customer support for any questions.
  • It is important to test your aquarium water weekly to verify good quality.
  • The whole set contains one barrel and a refill pack, 100 strips in total.
  • Manufacture: EASYTEST
  • Product Dimensions: 4.69 x 2.13 x 2.13 inches; 2.47 Ounces
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EASYTEST Final Thoughts

"Thank you!"

Quantity of strips seems very good. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Every test I do takes just a few drops. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. I mean some people would never do a water test at all.

Overall Score
4.5


(64 Points)

7. Qguai 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Water Test Strips for Saltwater Freshwater Pond Pool Spa, Test pH...

User Ratings: 50 16

Qguai First Impressions

"These are great!"

It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. But it turns out that is not the case.

  • Qguai 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Water Test Strips for Saltwater Freshwater Pond Pool Spa, Test pH, Nitrate, Nitrite, Carbonate, Chlorine, Alkalinity, Hardness, Fast and Accurate,50-Strips
  • 9 in 1 Aquarium Test strips -pH, Nitrate, Nitrite, Carbonate, Chlorine, Alkalinity, Iron, Copper,Hardness in salt water fresh water pond reef aquarium, 50 count in 1 bottle.
  • Extremely easy to use test strips - Simply dip this freshwater saltwater test strips into water and compare it to the chart on bottle.convenient and get results in seconds.
  • Wide application -it can be used to test the levels of all sorts of products such as pond pool saltwater freshwater aquarium.
  • Validity period: Placed it dry at 2 C ~ 30 C to protect from light, and the validity period is 24 months. Pls notice the date on the bottle and the label is the production date, Lot: 2019082006 means it is produced on 08/20/2019, batch 6, so the expiratios date is 2 years after this day.
  • Any problem, just contact us and we will do our best to help.
  • Manufacture: Qguai
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Qguai
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Qguai Final Thoughts

"Love the convenience."

Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect.

Overall Score
3.8


(746 Points)

8. CO2 TEST KIT 702305

CO2 First Impressions

"My favorite brand!"

Some of the readings develop better than others. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews.

  • CO2 TEST KIT 702305
  • Manufacture: CO2
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CO2 Final Thoughts

"Like nuclear waste water."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Some of the readings develop better than others. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. No issues so far, test strips work well. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

9. Decdeal Aquarium CO2 Glass Drop Checker PH Long Term Monitor Fish Tank Test Kit

User Ratings: 41

Decdeal First Impressions

"Nice product."

This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. First and second test have a little change which was expected. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes.

  • Decdeal Aquarium CO2 Glass Drop Checker PH Long Term Monitor Fish Tank Test Kit
  • Maintaining proper Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels in the planted.
  • Aquarium is one of the important factors in the health of the planted aquarium ecosystem.
  • A CO2 drop checker is an essential tool for monitoring CO2 levels in the aquarium.
  • The CO2 drop checker is a reservoir designed to contain an indicator solution and an airspace.
  • Long term monitor CO2 the color show: blue - insufficient CO2, green - sufficient CO2, yellow - excess CO2.
  • Manufacture: Decdeal
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Decdeal
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Decdeal Final Thoughts

"Was working great."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. They quickly shipped me a new product. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price.

Overall Score
4.4


(5 Points)

10. Nutrafin Ammonia 0.0 to 6.1 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 50-Tests

User Ratings: 62 10

Nutrafin A7855 First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. These are working very well for me.

  • Nutrafin Ammonia 0.0 to 6.1 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 50-Tests
  • Used to measure ammonia levels in your fresh or saltwater aquarium (0.0-6.1 Mg/L)
  • Allows you to easily test ammonia levels
  • Helps provide a healthy living environment for your fish
  • Allows you to easily test ammonia levels
  • Easy to follow directions; 50 tests
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 4.7 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nutrafin A7855
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Nutrafin A7855 Final Thoughts

"I disagree."

Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. You mostly find them using API also. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. You mostly find them using API also. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read.

Overall Score
4.2


(18 Points)

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