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 Calcium (Ca) Test Kit - 50 to 100 Tests

User Ratings: 81 3

Salifert 8714079130347 First Impressions

"+1-800-526-0650."

The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. It is easy to use and accurate enough. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit.

  • Salifert Calcium (Ca) Test Kit - 50 to 100 Tests
  • The calcium test kit provides for accurate calcium levels
  • The calcium test kit can perform up to 100 tests
  • The calcium tests is capable in resolving calcium contents
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 0.5 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 0.01 Ounces
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Salifert 8714079130347 Final Thoughts

"But do they help, yes."

Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. You mostly find them using API also. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0.

Overall Score
4.7


(259 Points)

3. JNW Direct Pond Test Strips 7 in 1 - Test pH, Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Hardness and More, Accurat...

User Ratings: 63

JNW Direct First Impressions

"It's very easy to do."

It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. Every test I do takes just a few drops. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

  • JNW Direct Pond Test Strips 7 in 1 - Test pH, Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Hardness and More, Accurate Fish Pond Water Testing, Free App & Ebook Included, 50 Count
  • THE ULTIMATE AT HOME TESTING KIT for your pond. Tests for 7 parameters: Total Hardness, Free Chlorine, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, Total Alkalinity & KH / Carbonate
  • EXTREMELY EASY TO USE pond water test strips, Instant reliable results with simple and clear instructions. Simply dip and compare with large color chart on bottle. Ideal range marked on bottle
  • BONUS FREE MOBILE APP INCLUDED - Record, track and monitor your pond test strip results with ultimate accuracy. Available for IOS and Android
  • ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR FISH ARE HEALTHY, our fish test strips come with a great e-book explaining what your results mean and how you can keep your water in the perfect condition
  • 50 STRIPS MEANS 50 TESTS - Each testing strip provides accurate and fast results, making the process of checking your pond water chemistry so simple, quick and easy. Clean water = happy fish
  • Manufacture: JNW Direct
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JNW Direct Final Thoughts

"Like nuclear waste water."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

Overall Score
4.5


(16 Points)

4. Decdeal Aquarium CO2 Glass Drop Checker PH Long Term Monitor Fish Tank Test Kit

User Ratings: 41

Decdeal First Impressions

"Nice product."

This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. First and second test have a little change which was expected. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes.

  • Decdeal Aquarium CO2 Glass Drop Checker PH Long Term Monitor Fish Tank Test Kit
  • Maintaining proper Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels in the planted.
  • Aquarium is one of the important factors in the health of the planted aquarium ecosystem.
  • A CO2 drop checker is an essential tool for monitoring CO2 levels in the aquarium.
  • The CO2 drop checker is a reservoir designed to contain an indicator solution and an airspace.
  • Long term monitor CO2 the color show: blue - insufficient CO2, green - sufficient CO2, yellow - excess CO2.
  • Manufacture: Decdeal
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Decdeal Final Thoughts

"Was working great."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. They quickly shipped me a new product. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price.

Overall Score
4.4


(5 Points)

5. NICREW Hanging Kit for HyperReef Aquarium Reef Light

NICREW First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • NICREW Hanging Kit for HyperReef Aquarium Reef Light
  • Hanging kit for HyperReef series lights
  • Manufacture: NICREW
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NICREW Final Thoughts

"Was good for 3 years."

6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. But after last night these are a must have for me.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

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

User Ratings: 65

ICP Analysis First Impressions

"Easy to use."

So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit.

  • 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

"1 dKh difference."

I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

Overall Score
4.6


(4 Points)

7. Hanna Instruments Saltwater Nitrate Low Range Checker HC - HI781

User Ratings: 53 18

Hanna Instruments First Impressions

"I love this test kit."

I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • Hanna Instruments Saltwater Nitrate Low Range Checker HC - HI781
  • More accurate than chemical test kits.
  • Built-in timer so you don't miss a step.
  • No errors with a digital readout
  • Ideal for aquariums and marine biology applications
  • For samples containing 5-50 ppm nitrate, follow the dilution procedure
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required. (included)
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Hanna Instruments Final Thoughts

"Nice product."

Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. It you take it to a local fish store. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

Overall Score
3.7


(17 Points)

8. Salifert Calcium (CA) Aquarium Water Test KIT - Fresh & Marine Fish Tanks

Salifert First Impressions

"These strips are great."

Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. But it is accurate and convenient as is. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

  • Salifert Calcium (CA) Aquarium Water Test KIT - Fresh & Marine Fish Tanks
  • Item description The color change is sharp and facilitates the detection of small but highly significant fluctuations in the calcium concentration. Salifert's Coral Calcium additive is manufactured using a very special procedure.
  • NSW contains 400 – 450 mg/L calcium. Which is also the value we should strive for. For a stable aquarium environment the fluctuation in calcium content should preferably not more than approx. 15 mg/L. This automatically means that the calcium test should be able to monitor comparable fluctuations.
  • Manufacture: Salifert
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Salifert Final Thoughts

"Easy to read."

No one brand is going to guarantee against this. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. 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
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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


(3 Points)

10. Salifert RTKA Potassium Test Kit

User Ratings: 81 6

Salifert RTKA First Impressions

"Worth the money."

The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

  • Salifert RTKA Potassium Test Kit
  • Fast, easy, and accurate
  • Measures potassium from concentrations of 250 ppm to 470 ppm
  • Sufficient for up to 40 tests
  • For marine use only
  • Made in Holland
  • Manufacture: Royal Aquatic LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 0.35 Ounces
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Salifert RTKA Final Thoughts

"These strips are great."

Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. It you take it to a local fish store.

Overall Score
4.6


(40 Points)

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