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 [star rating='4.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

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

[star rating="4"]
(339 Points)

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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
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

[star rating="4.5"]
(20 Points)

3. Tetra EasyStrips 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips for Fresh/Salt Water

User Ratings: 78 2

Tetra 19543 First Impressions

"00 becomes 40."

Every test I do takes just a few drops. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Tetra EasyStrips 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips for Fresh/Salt Water
  • COMPLETE TESTING Regularly testing your water levels is critical to the success of your aquarium
  • 6 DIFFERENT TESTS WITH 1 STRIP Just one test monitors nitrates nitrites water hardness chlorine alkalinity and pH levels
  • VERSATILE Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • CONVENIENT Just dip into water wait 60 seconds and read results
  • USAGE Use weekly to monitor aquarium water after water changes or when adding new fish
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.81 x 1.81 x 3.75 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19543
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Tetra 19543 Final Thoughts

"So read the instructions."

If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Every test I do takes just a few drops. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(3788 Points)

4. Osumex Bacteria Test kit for Water

Osumex First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. It does take some time though to actually get it done. I respect a company that backs their product. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. So off to buy some sponge filters I went!

  • Osumex Bacteria Test kit for Water
  • Test water for the presence of coliform bacteria
  • Easy to use with results in 48 hours after start of test
  • Purple indicates a negative result while yellow indicates a positive result
  • If test is positive, water is not safe to consume and may have to be treated prior
  • This test is a screening test only and cannot be used as a definitive result for the safety of the water for consumption
  • Manufacture: Osumex
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 0.98 x 6.3 inches; 0.53 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Osumex
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Osumex Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

5. Elos Aqua Test Kit - Phosphate

User Ratings: 21 19

Elos USA First Impressions

"That's all."

The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. You mostly find them using API also. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. It you take it to a local fish store. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

  • Elos Aqua Test Kit - Phosphate
  • Easy reading: ?RealColor? technology.
  • High precision: thanks to the use of calibrated droppers
  • NIST validation: each batch of elos reagents is validated using NIST (National Institute of Standard
  • "Safe reagents": reagents and testing procedures are based on Low Risk Reagents. None of our test ki
  • Manufacture: Elos USA
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.2 x 3.3 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Elos USA
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.9']

Elos USA Final Thoughts

"Worked great."

I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. It is easy to use and accurate enough. 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. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. The test strips work as advertised.

Overall Score
3.5

[star rating="3.5"]
(4 Points)

6. TETRA EasyStrips Ammonia Aquarium Test Strips, 100-Count

User Ratings: 78 3

Tetra 19541 First Impressions

"Hope this was useful."

But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc.

  • TETRA EasyStrips Ammonia Aquarium Test Strips, 100-Count
  • AMMONIA TESTING Regularly testing your water ammonia levels is critical to the success of your aquarium
  • VERSATILE Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • CONVENIENT Just dip into water wait 10 seconds and read results
  • COMPATIBLE WITH TETRA MY aquarium APP Get instant water care product recommendations based on testing results
  • USAGE Use when setting up a new aquarium after water changes or as needed
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.81 x 1.81 x 3.75 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19541
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.9']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Tetra 19541 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. This is essential for an accurate reading. No one brand is going to guarantee against this.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(509 Points)

7. PondCare Nitrite Test Kit (180 Tests)

Pondcare First Impressions

"Easy to read."

It you take it to a local fish store. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. The key is that you are looking for changes.

  • PondCare Nitrite Test Kit (180 Tests)
  • Manufacture: Pondcare, MARS Pondcare
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pondcare
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Pondcare Final Thoughts

"Very easy to use."

I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(2 Points)

8. Industrial Test Systems eXact iDip Photometer 486107-AQ-K 570 Aquarium Starter Kit

User Ratings: 38 42

Exact 486107-AQ-K First Impressions

"After 2 weeks of 0-."

Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. They quickly shipped me a new product. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I have some pretty lousy water where I live.

  • Industrial Test Systems eXact iDip Photometer 486107-AQ-K 570 Aquarium Starter Kit
  • Standard navy blue plastic carrying case w/ Foam including 1 Bottle 25 of each: pH II, Nitrate, Total Alkalinity, Ammonia, Total Hardness HR, & Phosphate (METER INCLUDED)
  • Built for water quality testing aquariums, ponds, andwater features
  • 2-way wireless communication with an iPhone, iPad
  • Manufacture: Industrial Test Systems, Inc.
  • Part Number: 486107-AQ-K
  • Item Weight: 1.95 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 5 x 10 inches
  • Batteries: 4 AAA batteries required.
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: Yes
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Exact 486107-AQ-K
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='2.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.6']

Exact 486107-AQ-K Final Thoughts

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

Overall Score
3.1

[star rating="3.1"]
(6 Points)

9. API Saltwater Calcium Test Kit

User Ratings: 62 11

Mars First Impressions

"5 out of 5 stars."

About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. It you take it to a local fish store. It is easy to use and accurate enough. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

  • API Saltwater Calcium Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Mars Fishcare North America
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Mars
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Mars Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. They quickly shipped me a new product. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(22 Points)

10. Sera gH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 80 2

Sera 4110 First Impressions

"Happy tank!"

I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. It is easy to use and accurate enough. I have not found that to be true for myself. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. I like API products and find them the most accurate. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit.

  • Sera gH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Makes it easy to monitor the total hardness
  • Very accurate
  • Easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 1.12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4110
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Sera 4110 Final Thoughts

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. 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. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. But after last night these are a must have for me.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(253 Points)

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