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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The 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. 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
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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


(129 Points)

3. Red Sea Phosphate Pro Test Kit Reagent Refill

Red Sea First Impressions

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. No issues so far, test strips work well. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Red Sea Phosphate Pro Test Kit Reagent Refill
  • It includes enough reagents for 100 tests.
  • Note: We can not ship this Test Kit expedited or to Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea
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Red Sea Final Thoughts

"1 dKh difference."

My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. The key is that you are looking for changes. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

4. API NITRITE TEST KIT 180-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 81 2

API 26 First Impressions

"They work for me."

These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. The price is great for all these essential tests! I have not found that to be true for myself. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost.

  • API NITRITE TEST KIT 180-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Kit
  • Contains one (1) API NITRITE TEST KIT 180-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Kit, including 1 bottle of testing solution, 1 color card and 1 glass test tube with cap
  • Helps monitor nitrite and prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish
  • Accurately detects high nitrate levels from 0-5 ppm
  • Prevents high levels of nitrite which inhibit fish respiration and suppress their immune systems
  • Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.38 x 5.13 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 26
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API 26 Final Thoughts

"Worth the money."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. I have not had any problem whatsoever. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7.

Overall Score
4.7


(605 Points)

5. AUVON Blood Glucose Test Strips for Dogs and Cats (100 Count) for use with AUVON High-Tech Veterinar...

User Ratings: 90

AUVON First Impressions

"So they're measuring!"

The test strips work as advertised. Always nice to get something extra! I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

  • AUVON Blood Glucose Test Strips for Dogs and Cats (100 Count) for use with AUVON High-Tech Veterinary Animal-Specific Blood Sugar Test Kit
  • RECOMMENDED HOME TESTING. Many pets may become frightened and stressed when they visit the veterinary hospital. This stress can adversely affect the bg levels, causing the levels to increase solely because of physiological effects of stress on the body. A bg curve performed at home is done in a less stressful environment, and it's likely to produce a curve that is more representative of the actual bg levels.
  • INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS. Insufficient blood applied to test strip and incorrect operation will result in wrong readings. Watch our instructional videos in our listings to optimize your testing results. Our friendly customer support will always be here to answer your questions and help to resolve your concerns. (30 Day Money Back Guarantee)
  • MONEY SAVING. PROMISED 0.6USD per strip would keep you no pressure to repurchase with a significant cost savings!
  • HIGH ACCURACY. AUVON veterinary bgm is specifically calibrated for dogs and cats and accounts for the differences in the blood makeup of different species. This outstanding product can function within ±12%, or ±12 mg/dl of laboratory values over 95% of the time.
  • What you receive: 100 x Blood Test Strips for Dogs and Cats, 1 x Test Strip User Guide, our 12-month warranty, lifetime technical support and friendly customer service. (For use with AUVON veterinary blood glucose monitor only)
  • Manufacture: AUVON
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AUVON Final Thoughts

"So read the instructions."

I have not had any problem whatsoever. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is.

Overall Score
4.9


(14 Points)

6. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The All Seas Marine Inc SI029
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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)

7. Red Sea MCP Phosphate (PO4) Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums, Packing may vary

User Ratings: 63

MCP 21480 First Impressions

"Simple and easy to use."

Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. It you take it to a local fish store. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect.

  • Red Sea MCP Phosphate (PO4) Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums, Packing may vary
  • Red Sea Phosphate Test Kit Includes 100 tests.
  • Measurement of Phosphate in your aquarium to an accuracy of 0. 1ppm PO4.
  • For Saltwater/Reef/Marine Aquariums Only.
  • Country of Origin: CHINA
  • Age Range Description: All Stages
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2.5 inches; 3.99 Ounces
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MCP 21480 Final Thoughts

"Great strips."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc.

Overall Score
4.2


(10 Points)

8. Sera pH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 72 3

Sera 4310 First Impressions

"I love this test kit."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish.

  • Sera pH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • Makes it easy to monitor the pH value in fresh and marine water and ponds
  • Package Dimensions: 13.8 L x 4.2H x9.2W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.24 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4310
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Sera 4310 Final Thoughts

"These are just easier."

If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I have not had any problem whatsoever. This is essential for an accurate reading. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. So I got these to try and I love them.

Overall Score
4.5


(321 Points)

9. TestSure 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit - Aquarium Test Strips pH, Nitrates, Nitrites, Carbonate General H...

User Ratings: 65 12

TestSure First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything.

  • TestSure 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit - Aquarium Test Strips pH, Nitrates, Nitrites, Carbonate General Hardness (50 Strips/Bottle)
  • 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit (50 test strips per bottle)
  • 99% Accurate, Independently Tested, Scientifically Proven
  • Aquarium test strips are easy to use, results in less than 5 minutes
  • Comes with Test Sure’s 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Aquarium test for ph, Nitrites, Nitrates, Carbonate, and General Hardness
  • Manufacture: TS56
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TestSure
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TestSure Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. No issues so far, test strips work well. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
4.1


(23 Points)

10. Sera CO2-Start Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 50 8

Sera 8039 First Impressions

"Quick and easy use."

They quickly shipped me a new product. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. These are working very well for me. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Sera CO2-Start Aquarium Test Kits
  • Country Of Origin : Germany
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 6.5 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 2.36 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 3.94 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 3.94 x 6.5 inches; 2.08 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 8039
  • Test Accuracy
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Sera 8039 Final Thoughts

"Thank you."

Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. But it turns out that is not the case. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0.

Overall Score
4.0


(262 Points)

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