Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Ailinda Aquarium Test Kits

1. Ailinda CO2 Drop Checker Glass Aquarium Monitor CO2 Indicator for Planted Fish Tank

User Ratings: 68 9

Ailinda First Impressions

"Great strips."

I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

  • Ailinda CO2 Drop Checker Glass Aquarium Monitor CO2 Indicator for Planted Fish Tank
  • Material: Made of high quality glass, which is non-toxic, safe and durable.
  • The color is transparent and easy to be observed. It is used to monitor the level of CO2 in the aquarium, so that you can replace the water in time. Can keep the CO2 levels in your tank consistently by checking it regularly.
  • Widely applications: Suitable for fish farming tanks, aquariums, aquatic plants and aquaculture, etc. Monitoring CO2 levels in your planted aquarium is very important for the health of your plants and fish.
  • Make sure your test kit is clean. Drop the carbon dioxide indicator (not included) into the glass CO2 monitor and hang the inlet towards the inside of the aquarium. Wait for about two hours to know the result.
  • Apply to: Fish tank, aquarium, especially aquatic plants, tropical fish to watch and cultivate for fish tank. Monitor to be installed below the water surface about 10cm, it is recommended not to install too far from the refiner.
  • Manufacture: Ailinda
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Ailinda Final Thoughts

"Exactly as pictured."

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. I have not had any problem whatsoever. The key is that you are looking for changes. They quickly shipped me a new product.

Overall Score
4.3


(26 Points)

2. 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
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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)

3. Azoo Nitrogen Dioxide (No2) Test Kit

Azoo AZ24010 First Impressions

"Best strips ever."

Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Always nice to get something extra! To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. But it is accurate and convenient as is. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree.

  • Azoo Nitrogen Dioxide (No2) Test Kit
  • For freshwater and saltwater aquarium
  • Range : 0.1 ~ 5.0 mg/L
  • Water change is required when No2 is detected in aquarium
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 5.63 x 3.75 x 1.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
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Azoo AZ24010 Final Thoughts

"No issues with it."

This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

4. 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
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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


(6 Points)

5. Sera 50 Piece Quick Test

User Ratings: 70 1

Sera 4960 First Impressions

"Best strips ever."

Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. It does take some time though to actually get it done. So I got these to try and I love them. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Sera 50 Piece Quick Test
  • Quick water testing
  • Check 5 water parameters within 1 minute
  • PH, kH, gH, NO3, NO2
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.18 x 1.18 x 4.33 inches; 1.12 Ounces
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Sera 4960 Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage.

Overall Score
4.5


(385 Points)

6. Reef Care Magnesium Pro High Accuracy Test Kit - 100 Tests [Misc.]

User Ratings: 77 4

Red Sea 306013 First Impressions

"Also they leak."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. The test strips work as advertised. It does take some time though to actually get it done. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it.

  • Reef Care Magnesium Pro High Accuracy Test Kit - 100 Tests [Misc.]
  • Magnesium pro test kit is an advanced titration test
  • Measuring the level of magnesium in your reef aquarium to an exceptionally high accuracy of 20 ppm
  • This test kit enables accurate dosing of reef foundation C supplement (magnesium) which is part of the complete reef care program
  • Includes a durable, chemical resistant plastic case, analytical grade glass vials
  • A high precision titrate with materials for up to 100 tests
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.12 x 3.15 inches; 14.39 Ounces
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Red Sea 306013 Final Thoughts

"They work for me."

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is.

Overall Score
4.6


(91 Points)

7. Fluval CO2 Indicator Kit

User Ratings: 61 7

Fluval A7551 First Impressions

"Bought the 100 Count."

And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. I don't know so much about how precise these are. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button!

  • Fluval CO2 Indicator Kit
  • Monitors levels of CO2 in aquariums
  • Provides accurate dosing of CO2
  • Ensures fish and plants live in a healthy environment
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 4 x 5.5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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Fluval A7551 Final Thoughts

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. 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. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

Overall Score
4.2


(175 Points)

8. capetsma 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Best Kit for Water Quality Testing for Freshwater Saltwater Po...

User Ratings: 50 16

capetsma First Impressions

"Just sayin'."

These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. 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. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems.

  • capetsma 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Best Kit for Water Quality Testing for Freshwater Saltwater Pool and Pond - Test pH, Nitrate, Nitrite, Carbonate, Hardness, Chlorine, Alkalinity, Iron, Copper
  • 9 TESTS IN 1 COMPLETE KIT - Contains 1 capetsma 9-IN-1 TEST STRIPS Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Strips 50-Count in sealed Box. Monitors levels of pH ✓ Nitrate ✓ Nitrite✓ Carbonate ✓ General Hardness ( TDS ) ✓ Free Chlorine ✓ Total Alkalinity ✓ Iron ✓ Copper.
  • EASY & FAST RESULTS - Simply dip a strip into liquid and compare it to chart. Quickly get test results in seconds, No private laboratory testing or mail-in analysis required.
  • HELP MAINTAIN HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT IN YOUR TANK - prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and aquarium plants, Weekly test the water if water or fish problems appear, monitor your fish tank(aquarium), ensure your fishes to grow happier and healthier. Also it can help test the levels of all sorts of products such as drinking water, pools, spas, laundry, dishwasher, urine and more.
  • EXPIRATION DATE: 2C ~ 30C dry place and keep away from light, valid for 24 months. Pls notice the production date is on the label, below the color chart, LOT: 2019061401 means it is the first batch on 06/14/2019.
  • Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
  • Manufacture: Capetsma
  • Product Dimensions: 2.09 x 2.09 x 4.72 inches; 2.26 Ounces
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capetsma Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

Overall Score
3.8


(613 Points)

9. 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
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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


(4 Points)

10. 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)

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