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. Salifert Boron Test Kit

User Ratings: 55

Salifert First Impressions

"Let me explain."

But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. It does take some time though to actually get it done. I have not found that to be true for myself. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read.

  • Salifert Boron Test Kit
  • Boron is very important in marine environments. Too low a concentration can slow down the growth of
  • Concentration in natural sea water is relatively low, between 4.4 mg/L and 4.8 mg/L.
  • Monthly boron testing is therefore advisable.
  • The Salifert Boron Profi-Test kit measures the level of naturally occurring boron in steps of 0.5 mg
  • Sufficient for up to 25 tests.
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.3 x 2 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Salifert Final Thoughts

"With this is alot easier."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff.

Overall Score
4.5

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

4. API Replacement Test Tubes for Aquarium Test Kits 3 Pack Bundle

User Ratings: 89 1

API ZY-ghm-202009015-29 First Impressions

"Thank you."

These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes.

  • API Replacement Test Tubes for Aquarium Test Kits 3 Pack Bundle
  • Replacement Test Tubes compatible with the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (API) Test Kits
  • Includes caps
  • 3 Pack
  • Manufacture: API
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API ZY-ghm-202009015-29
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

API ZY-ghm-202009015-29 Final Thoughts

"It's very easy to do."

Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Always nice to get something extra! I mean some people would never do a water test at all. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(129 Points)

5. Sera Aqua-Test Box Marin (+ Ca) Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 50 8

Sera 4004 First Impressions

"00 becomes 40."

I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks.

  • Sera Aqua-Test Box Marin (+ Ca) Aquarium Test Kits
  • Master test kit
  • Includes all the important test kits
  • Very accurate
  • Tests easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 13.58 x 12.6 inches; 3.84 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4004
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Sera 4004 Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

The price is great for all these essential tests! This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

Overall Score
4.0

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

6. Sera Magnesium-Test (Mg) 15 Ml, 0.5 fl.oz Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 19 25

Sera 4714 First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH.

  • Sera Magnesium-Test (Mg) 15 Ml, 0.5 fl.oz 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; 3.68 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4714
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.1']

Sera 4714 Final Thoughts

"I love this test kit."

I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. These are working very well for me. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

Overall Score
3.0

[star rating="3"]
(9 Points)

7. Tetra EasyStrips Complete Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 73 4

Tetra 19544 First Impressions

"Would buy again for sure!"

But after last night these are a must have for me. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use.

  • Tetra EasyStrips Complete Aquarium Test Kit
  • ALL-IN-ONE TESTING KIT: Everything you need to test your aquarium water.
  • 7 DIFFERENT TESTS WITH 1 STRIP: Just one test monitors ammonia, 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.
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 1.13 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19544
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Tetra 19544 Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. I like API products and find them the most accurate. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH.

Overall Score
4.5

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

8. Advocate Pet Test Test Strips

PetTest First Impressions

"Also they leak."

These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

  • Advocate Pet Test Test Strips
  • Manufacture: PetTest
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PetTest
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

PetTest Final Thoughts

"Used the same kit before."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

Overall Score
5.0

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

9. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE22040 4-Pack Coral Colors ABCD Supplements for Aquarium, 100ml

User Ratings: 80 1

Red Sea 306041 First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

Overall, I am very happy with this kit. The key is that you are looking for changes. I don't know so much about how precise these are. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE22040 4-Pack Coral Colors ABCD Supplements for Aquarium, 100ml
  • Coral Coloration A, B, C And D Supplements Provides Hobbyists Of All Levels The Opportunity Control And Enhance The Growth And Coloration Of Corals
  • Coral Colors A, B, C And D Supplements Contain The 31 Minor And Trace Elements Present In The Skeleton And Soft Tissue Of All Coral
  • Coral Colors A, B, C and D should only be dosed according to a measured requirement of the aquarium
  • Come In A 4-Pack Of 100-Ml That Supports A 250-Liter Saps Aquarium For Approximately 60 Days
  • Formulated Such That The Ratio Of The Elements In Each Supplement Are The Same As Are Found In The Combined Coral Skeleton And Soft Tissue
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 3.54 x 5.51 x 3.54 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306041
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Red Sea 306041 Final Thoughts

"Worth the money."

It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Some of the readings develop better than others.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(164 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
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

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

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