Editor's Choice - Our Favorite All Seas Marine Aquarium Test Kits

1. Salifert Nitrate (No3) Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 4

All Seas Marine SI021 First Impressions

"25 from 0."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. It is easy to use and accurate enough. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. So I got these to try and I love them. This is essential for an accurate reading. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

  • Salifert Nitrate (No3) Test Kit
  • Premium liquid test kit for precise nitrate measurement in aquariums
  • Accurately detects Aquarium nitrate levels as low as 0.2 ppm
  • Dual range nitrate test kit for reef aquariums and fish-only aquariums
  • Precision nitrate test kit ideal for sensitive reef aquariums. Age range description: Adult
  • Manufacture: All Seas Marine Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The All Seas Marine SI021
  • Test Accuracy
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All Seas Marine SI021 Final Thoughts

"Great value, Speedy ship!"

The key is that you are looking for changes. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either.

Overall Score
4.6


(286 Points)

2. Red Sea Marine Care Program Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 81

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. First Impressions

"Thanks Red Sea."

Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well!

  • Red Sea Marine Care Program Ammonia Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd.
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. Final Thoughts

"Pond water testing."

This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense.

Overall Score
4.6


(5 Points)

3. PETLOFT 6-in-1 Aquarium Water Test Strips, 100 Count 6 Way Freshwater and Saltwater Test Strips Easy...

User Ratings: 39 16

PETLOFT First Impressions

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

No issues so far, test strips work well. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on.

  • PETLOFT 6-in-1 Aquarium Water Test Strips, 100 Count 6 Way Freshwater and Saltwater Test Strips Easy Test PH Total Hardness Chlorine Alkalinity Cyanuric Acid for Fish Tank Pool Pond SPA
  • 6-in-1 Test Strips: Easily and accurately test for PH, total hardness (general hardness), total chlorine, free chlorine/bromine, total alkalinity, and cyanuric acid to help keep your water properly balanced
  • Fast and Easy to Test: Remove a test strip without touching the test fields with your fingers; Dip the test trip into the water for 1-2 seconds; Hold horizontally for 60 seconds (longer or shorter may affect the result); Compare the test strip colors with the chart included; Before testing, please keep water as clear as possible for best result
  • Storage and Expiration: Contains 100 strips; Valid for 24 months if store in a dry and dark place at 2℃ to 30℃; Please keep bottle cap closed between uses
  • Widely Used: Safe for both freshwater and saltwater environments; Widely used for fish tank, pool, aquarium, pond, and so on
  • Manufacture: J&D Tech
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PETLOFT
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

PETLOFT Final Thoughts

"Super easy to use."

I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. But after last night these are a must have for me. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate.

Overall Score
3.5


(26 Points)

4. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21411 Reagent KH/Alkalinity Pro Kit Refill for Aquarium, 75 Tests

User Ratings: 68 5

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306012 First Impressions

"It is very easy to use."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Quantity of strips seems very good. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. No issues so far, test strips work well. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21411 Reagent KH/Alkalinity Pro Kit Refill for Aquarium, 75 Tests
  • Reagent alkalinity pro refill test kit is an advanced titration test
  • Measuring the level of buffers in reef aquarium to an exceptionally high accuracy of 0. 05 meq/l (0. 14 dkh)
  • This test refill replenishes KH/alkalinity pro test kit with sufficient reagent to conduct another 75 tests
  • Alkalinity pro refill test kit boasts a new level of convenience for reef aquarium hobbyists
  • Routine and precise measurement of aquarium alkalinity (buffer) levels is essential for successful coral reef aquariums
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 1.97 x 3.15 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306012
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306012 Final Thoughts

"Great value, Speedy ship!"

But it turns out that is not the case. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. It does take some time though to actually get it done.

Overall Score
4.4


(36 Points)

5. Salifert Alkalinity Calcium Magnesium Combo Test Kit

User Ratings: 79 2

Salifert SALCORE First Impressions

"Easy to read."

I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Every test I do takes just a few drops. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. Some of the readings develop better than others. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

  • Salifert Alkalinity Calcium Magnesium Combo Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.1 x 4.2 inches; 15.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert SALCORE
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Salifert SALCORE Final Thoughts

"With this is alot easier."

It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip.

Overall Score
4.6


(219 Points)

6. PondCare Nitrite Test Kit (180 Tests)

Pondcare First Impressions

"Easy to read."

It you take it to a local fish store. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. The key is that you are looking for changes.

  • PondCare Nitrite Test Kit (180 Tests)
  • Manufacture: Pondcare, MARS Pondcare
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pondcare
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Pondcare Final Thoughts

"Very easy to use."

I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

7. BOSIKE Aquarium Test Strips, Fish Tank/Freshwater/Saltwater/Pond Testing Kit for Variety of Water Pa...

User Ratings: 70 3

BOSIKE First Impressions

"YES, it's accurate."

Overall, I am very happy with this kit. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use.

  • BOSIKE Aquarium Test Strips, Fish Tank/Freshwater/Saltwater/Pond Testing Kit for Variety of Water Parameters, Nitrate Nitrite Chlorine Carbonate Hardness and pH or Ammonia
  • FAST AND ACCURATE: Just dip a strip into water for 2 seconds and then remove it. Hold the strip horizontally for 60 seconds. Compare with color chart and read within 90 seconds.
  • WIDELY APPLICATIONS: These strips are widely used for Tropical Fish Tank ,Breeder Tank, Pond, Betta Tank, Shrimp Tank and other water aquarium. Researches show that you should test your aquarium water at least twice a week, so you can test your aquarium water quality at regular intervals!
  • EFFECTIVE EXTEND SHELF LIFE: These test papers are packaged in a well-sealed bottle to ensure the strips store for 2 years.
  • HIGH PRECISION RESULTS: Each test strip is made of high quality fiber paper and NO COLOR BLEEDING pad that provides instant and reliable result.
  • AFFORDABLE 6 IN 1 TESTING KIT: You can monitor your water quality by yourself about Total Hardness, Nitrate, Nitrite, Cl2, Carbonate and pH at a time.
  • Manufacture: BOSIKE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BOSIKE
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  • Value For Money
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BOSIKE Final Thoughts

"It's very easy to do."

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

Overall Score
4.4


(360 Points)

8. Tetratest Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 51 49

Tetra Pond First Impressions

"Quick and easy use."

It you take it to a local fish store. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate.

  • Tetratest Ammonia Test Kit
  • Tetra Second Nature #16617 Ammonia Test Kit
  • TETRA SECOND NATURE
  • Manufacture: Tetra (TetraPond)
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 3.8 x 1.4 inches; 0.8 Ounces
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Tetra Pond Final Thoughts

"Gives me peace of mind."

The test strips work as advertised. I have not had any problem whatsoever. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips.

Overall Score
3.0


(2 Points)

9. PetSure! Test Strips 60ct - Pack of 2 - Blood Glucose Testing for Cats and Dogs - Works with AlphaTr...

User Ratings: 71 10

PetSure! First Impressions

"Exactly as pictured."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. I don't know so much about how precise these are. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use.

  • PetSure! Test Strips 60ct - Pack of 2 - Blood Glucose Testing for Cats and Dogs - Works with AlphaTrak and AlphaTrak2 Meters
  • 120 Test Strips
  • Use with AlphaTRAK and AlphaTRAK2 Meters
  • For blood glucose testing on dogs and cats
  • Manufacture: PharmaTech Solutions, Inc.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PetSure!
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  • Value For Money
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PetSure! Final Thoughts

"Perfect for quick checks."

I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. It is easy to use and accurate enough. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial.

Overall Score
4.3


(103 Points)

10. Hanna Instruments HI736 Phosphorus Ultra Low Range Checker HC for Saltwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 71 10

Hanna Instruments 1197H96EA First Impressions

"YES, it's accurate."

This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium.

  • Hanna Instruments HI736 Phosphorus Ultra Low Range Checker HC for Saltwater Aquariums
  • More accurate than chemical test kits, less expensive than professional testing
  • Accuracy of + or - 5% using an adaptation of Standard Method Ascorbic Acid
  • Single button operation for ease of use
  • Large LCD screen for readability
  • Auto shut-off to prolong battery life
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Part Number: 1197H96EA
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 0.704 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 50 inches
  • Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required.
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments 1197H96EA
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Hanna Instruments 1197H96EA Final Thoughts

"1 dKh difference."

If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. No issues so far, test strips work well. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. 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.

Overall Score
4.3


(92 Points)

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