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. Hanna Instrument HI775 Freshwater Alkalinity Checker Test Kit - Freshwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 61

Checker First Impressions

"However, it is not."

This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests.

  • Hanna Instrument HI775 Freshwater Alkalinity Checker Test Kit - Freshwater Aquariums
  • FRESH WATER Alkalinity in 0 to 500 ppm
  • Resolution: 1ppm
  • Accuracy: ±5ppm ± 5% of reading
  • Max Temp Range: 0 to 50°C (32 to 122°F); RH max 95% non-condensing
  • Dimensions: 81.5 x 61 x 37.5 mm (3.2 x 2.4 x 1.5”) / Weight: 64 g (2.25 oz.)
  • Manufacture: Hanna
  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Color: Blue
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Checker Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. But it is accurate and convenient as is. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate.

Overall Score
4.2


(5 Points)

3. AquaCycle Large Aquaponics Fish-less Cycling Kit

User Ratings: 44

The Aquaponic Source ABAAS007 First Impressions

"Easy to use."

A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I like API products and find them the most accurate. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

  • AquaCycle Large Aquaponics Fish-less Cycling Kit
  • Establish nitrifying bacteria in your aquaponics system (a process called “cycling”) before adding fish
  • Powdered, soluble pure ammonia, powdered, soluble seaweed, and nitrifying bacteria are all included.
  • Detailed instructions of how the process works & how to fully cycle your system BEFORE adding fish.
  • Includes a Data Tracking Chart so you can follow your system's progress and spot problems early.
  • This kit has enough material to fully cycle systems with up to 500 gallons of water.
  • Manufacture: The Aquaponic Source
  • Item Weight: 3 pounds
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The Aquaponic Source ABAAS007 Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

Overall Score
3.9


(5 Points)

4. API 5 in 1 Test Strips Water Conditioner for Aquariums, 4 Count by API

User Ratings: 34

API First Impressions

"Fast result."

The test strips work as advertised. This is essential for an accurate reading. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • API 5 in 1 Test Strips Water Conditioner for Aquariums, 4 Count by API
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
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API Final Thoughts

"Great test kit!"

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle.

Overall Score
4.0


(3 Points)

5. All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Ph Profi

User Ratings: 72 8

All Seas Marine Inc SI029 First Impressions

"This test worked well."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage.

  • All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Ph Profi
  • The pH value in a marine Tank has a major impact on the growth of corals and calcareous algae and on many biological processes. The pH should not be allowed to fluctuate more than Approx. 0.2 units during any 24 hour period and Should preferably be kept above 8.2. If the pH is too low then the cause may be a too low alkalinity and/or a build up of carbon dioxide caused by insufficient aeration. Sufficient for 50 tests.
  • For marine water only
  • Warning! Keep out of reach of children
  • The Salifert test kit is sufficiently accurate to monitor minor pH fluctuations and is scaled from pH 7.4–8.7
  • A low pH can be corrected by improving aeration and by increasing the alkalinity
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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All Seas Marine Inc SI029 Final Thoughts

"These strips are great."

The key is that you are looking for changes. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect.

Overall Score
4.3


(16 Points)

6. ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Four Sample Kit

User Ratings: 65

ICP Analysis First Impressions

"I used API prior to this."

It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. So I got these to try and I love them. Always nice to get something extra! I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. Always nice to get something extra! It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on.

  • ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Four Sample Kit
  • 4 Water Sample Kit - Enough Supplies to Test 4 Water Samples
  • ICP Test results are emailed directly to you 24 hours after the water sample is received!
  • Water Testing for 33 Differnt Elements
  • Works with Saltwater and Freshwater - It is beneficial to test your drinking water to insure that chemicals, metals or other harmful elements are not ingested by your family or pets.
  • Manufacture: ICP Analysis
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ICP Analysis Final Thoughts

"Thanks Seachem."

It is easy to use and accurate enough. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. They quickly shipped me a new product. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. 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.

Overall Score
4.6


(4 Points)

7. Salifert Magnesium (MG) Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 3

Salifert 8714079130422 First Impressions

"Nice product."

Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. It does take some time though to actually get it done. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Salifert Magnesium (MG) Test Kit
  • The magnesium test kit effectively tests and provides a balanced magnesium aquarium
  • The magnesium test kit can perform up to 50 tests
  • The test will measure accurate steps of color change in tank
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 0.5 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Part Number: SI017
  • Item Weight: 3.98 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches
  • Color: Original version
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Salifert 8714079130422 Final Thoughts

"Best strips ever."

I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. These are working very well for me. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

Overall Score
4.6


(527 Points)

8. Nutrafin Iron 0.0 to 1.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 50 -Tests

User Ratings: 61 5

Nutrafin A7835A1 First Impressions

"Easy to read."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below.

  • Nutrafin Iron 0.0 to 1.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 50 -Tests
  • Suitable for fresh and saltwater aquariums to measure iron levels
  • Essential for proper water quality
  • Helps ensure a healthy environment for your fish and plants
  • Allows you to easily test iron levels
  • Easy to follow directions; Contains 50 tests
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
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Nutrafin A7835A1 Final Thoughts

"Love the convenience."

My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. So I got these to try and I love them.

Overall Score
4.3


(31 Points)

9. HI772-26 HI755-26 Alkalinity Checker Reagent (25 Tests) - Hanna Instruments

User Ratings: 84 1

Hanna Instruments First Impressions

"Thank you."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. So I got these to try and I love them. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading.

  • HI772-26 HI755-26 Alkalinity Checker Reagent (25 Tests) - Hanna Instruments
  • This reagent works with both the 755 & 772 Hanna checker. It may come with the tag 755-26 or 772-26, both reagents work with both checkers.
  • Pre-made reagents for ease of use. Prepared with high purity chemicals.
  • Marked with expiration date and lot number for traceability.
  • Small size and big convenience.
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Part Number: HI 772-26
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 2.39 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Hanna Instruments Final Thoughts

"Perfect for quick checks."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. The key is that you are looking for changes.

Overall Score
4.7


(107 Points)

10. accessgood Aquatic CO2 Glass Drop Checker PH MONITOR Fish Tank Test KIT

User Ratings: 46 11

accessgood First Impressions

"Worked pretty well."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. I have some pretty lousy water where I live.

  • accessgood Aquatic CO2 Glass Drop Checker PH MONITOR Fish Tank Test KIT
  • Monitors levels of CO2 & PH in aquariums.
  • Ensures fish and plants live in a healthy environment.
  • Made of glass, for max reliability.
  • Provides accurate dosing of CO2.
  • Easy reading with color chart.
  • Manufacture: CN
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 1.7 x 0.2 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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accessgood Final Thoughts

"9m, which is frustrating."

You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. The key is that you are looking for changes. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. These are working very well for me. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips.

Overall Score
3.7


(35 Points)

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