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
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert COPT
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  • Value For Money
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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. ULTIMATE 14-in-1 Aquarium Test Kit with Trace Heavy Metals | 50 Water Testing Strips for Fresh-Water...

User Ratings: 55 14

life2O 1530100012 First Impressions

"Two packages were inside."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

  • ULTIMATE 14-in-1 Aquarium Test Kit with Trace Heavy Metals | 50 Water Testing Strips for Fresh-Water or Salt-Water Aquarium, Fish-Tank, Reef & Pond | Alkalinity, pH, Nitrate, Carbonate Hardness & More
  • [PROFESSIONAL GRADE] Our Aquarium Dip-Stick Test Strips, with 99% High Accuracy Color Pads, Are a Rapid, Reliable & Cost Effective way to Perform Aquarium Maintenance | FREE e-Book Emailed with Your Purchase.
  • [TRACE HEAVY METALS] The Best Aquatic Life Water Tester PERIOD. The Only One That Measures Trace Heavy Metals & Low Range Fluoride Levels Which Are Hidden Parameters That Adversely Affect Marine, Coral & Plant Health.
  • [14 PARAMETERS] The Most Complete Aquarium Test Kit Available: Total Alkalinity, pH, General Total Hardness (GH), Carbonate Hardness (KH), Free Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Mercury, Lead, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Zinc & Fluoride
  • [ARE YOUR FISH SAFE?] Bad Water Quality Causes Fish Stress Which Leads to Death. Monitor Your Aquarium Now!
  • [EASY TO USE] Simple Instructions with Dip & Read Visual Results in 60 Seconds & Straightforward Color Chart.
  • Manufacture: life2O
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 5.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The life2O 1530100012
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life2O 1530100012 Final Thoughts

"After 2 weeks of 0-."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I like API products and find them the most accurate. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I have not found that to be true for myself. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious.

Overall Score
3.9


(237 Points)

4. Salifert Iodine Test Kit - 40 Tests

User Ratings: 65 12

Salifert First Impressions

"00 becomes 40."

My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. But it is accurate and convenient as is. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away.

  • Salifert Iodine Test Kit - 40 Tests
  • Iodine is present in natural sea water in a very low concentration (0.6 mg/L or 0.06 PPM) and this i
  • There is a misconception among many hobbyists that iodide predominates in natural sea water but in f
  • Test kits which are not capable of detecting iodate are not suitable for aquarium use, since in a pr
  • Iodine test kits should be capable of measuring all forms of naturally occurring iodine. The Salifer
  • Unlike many other test kits, the Salifert Iodine Profi-Test is free from interference from other ele
  • Manufacture: SALIFERT
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.3 x 2 inches; 0.02 Ounces
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Salifert Final Thoughts

"+1-800-526-0650."

I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. The test strips work as advertised. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. 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.

Overall Score
4.1


(42 Points)

5. Sera Iron-Test (Fe) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 66 8

Sera 4610 First Impressions

"Thanks Red Sea."

It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I like API products and find them the most accurate. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2.

  • Sera Iron-Test (Fe) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums as well as ponds
  • Package Dimensions: 12.8 L x 4.2H x9.4W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.75 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4610
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4610 Final Thoughts

"Gives me peace of mind."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. The test strips work as advertised. They quickly shipped me a new product. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it.

Overall Score
4.3


(57 Points)

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

User Ratings: 56 22

ICP Analysis First Impressions

"But do they help, yes."

These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either.

  • ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Single Sample Kit
  • 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ICP Analysis
  • Test Accuracy
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ICP Analysis Final Thoughts

"Gives me peace of mind."

While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against 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.

Overall Score
3.7


(29 Points)

7. API Freshwater Master Test Kit

API First Impressions

"Easy to use."

Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

  • API Freshwater Master Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 6 x 5 inches; 2.4 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
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API Final Thoughts

"Happy tank!"

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial.

Overall Score
5.0


(10 Points)

8. Aquarium Test Strips,Aquarium Test Kit,7-Way Water Test Strips for Saltwater Freshwater,Aquarium Tes...

User Ratings: 59 13

TOULIFLY First Impressions

"I used API prior to this."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. It does take some time though to actually get it done. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Aquarium Test Strips,Aquarium Test Kit,7-Way Water Test Strips for Saltwater Freshwater,Aquarium Test Strips Freshwater,Test Total Chlorine,Bromine,Hardness,Free Chlorine,pH ,Nitrite,Total Alkalinity
  • 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.
  • AT HOME TESTING KIT:Aquarium Test Strips Tests for 7 parameters: Total Chlorine,Bromine,Hardness,Free Chlorine,pH ,Nitrite,Total Alkalinity.
  • EASY TO USE:No need to shake strip after dipping into water, and compare with large color chart on the bottle.each test strip provides instant and reliable result for FISH TANK and POND.
  • TEST REGULARLY: It is important to test often to verify good water quality for your fish. Test weekly with aquarium 7 in 1 test strips, you can determine water values quickly, safely and easily.
  • 50 STRIPS MEANS 50 TESTS:Each aquarium test strip provides accurate and fast results for any water sources including fresh and salt water aquariums & fish ponds.
  • Manufacture: TOULIFLY
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TOULIFLY
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

TOULIFLY Final Thoughts

"Quick and easy use."

It is easy to use and accurate enough. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well.

Overall Score
4.1


(60 Points)

9. Sera Aqua-Test Box (+ Cu) Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 75 3

Sera 4002 First Impressions

"Worked pretty well."

These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start.

  • Sera Aqua-Test Box (+ Cu) 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; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4002
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4002 Final Thoughts

"Will purchase again!"

A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Some of the readings develop better than others. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. I respect a company that backs their product. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Always nice to get something extra!

Overall Score
4.6


(347 Points)

10. VetMate Dogs & Cats Diabetes Test Strips - 50 Count Strips Compatible with VetMate Diabetes Testing ...

User Ratings: 68 6

VetMate First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. I have not had any problem whatsoever. The price is great for all these essential tests! Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read.

  • VetMate Dogs & Cats Diabetes Test Strips - 50 Count Strips Compatible with VetMate Diabetes Testing Kit
  • [OPTIMAL FOR DOGS/CATS DIABETES MANAGEMENT] - VetMate Blood Glucose Test Strips are perfect for diabetes management for Dogs and Cats.
  • [TECHNOLOGY] - It only required 0.4 MICRO-LITER blood samples. With state-of-the-art technology, it can use both venous blood and capillary blood samples.
  • [RELIABILITY] - VetMate technology guarantees accurate and precise measurement every time.
  • [TRUSTED AND PROVEN] - VetMate Diabetes Tests Strips undergo rigorous quality control and assurance checks before released from the factory. You can trust its performance and accuracy.
  • [COMPATIBILITY] - VetMate Blood Glucose Test Strips will ONLY work with VetMate Glucose Meter.
  • Manufacture: i-SENS, Inc.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VetMate
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

VetMate Final Thoughts

"Arrived with no damage."

About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. First and second test have a little change which was expected. The test strips work as advertised. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. The key is that you are looking for changes.

Overall Score
4.3


(25 Points)

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