Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Aquarium Equip Aquarium Test Kits

1. Aquarium Equip ISTA CO2 Indicator Drop Checker Long Term Monitor Test - Real time Solution Kits

User Ratings: 50 11

Aquarium Equip PTM691I506 First Impressions

"This part is very easy."

I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7.

  • Aquarium Equip ISTA CO2 Indicator Drop Checker Long Term Monitor Test - Real time Solution Kits
  • Allows you to monitor the CO2 level in your tank . Unique design prevents any chance of spilling the indicator solution. Reusable color chart sticker allows the constant repositioning of the position of the label on the aquarium.
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Equip
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Equip PTM691I506
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Aquarium Equip PTM691I506 Final Thoughts

"Super easy to use."

Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious.

Overall Score
3.9


(116 Points)

2. PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit

User Ratings: 40 33

Pondcare 65L First Impressions

"Worked pretty well."

You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. So I got these to try and I love them. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit
  • Fresh/saltwater Copper Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Pondcare
  • Item Weight: 2.11 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 7 inches
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Pondcare 65L Final Thoughts

"Helps keep my fish happy."

They quickly shipped me a new product. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The key is that you are looking for changes. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. The test strips work as advertised. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness.

Overall Score
3.2


(11 Points)

3. Seachem MultiTest Iodine and Iodide Test Kit

User Ratings: 48 9

Seachem 116097802 First Impressions

"Worked great."

I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. They quickly shipped me a new product. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place.

  • Seachem MultiTest Iodine and Iodide Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • Fresh or saltwater use
  • Unique indicator
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.6 x 2.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116097802
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Seachem 116097802 Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

This is essential for an accurate reading. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. The key is that you are looking for changes. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. So I got these to try and I love them. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

Overall Score
4.1


(32 Points)

4. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130347
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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)

5. Lamotte GREEN Program Low Cost Water Monitoring Kit

User Ratings: 79

LaMotte 32771 First Impressions

"Would buy again for sure!"

Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. It is easy to use and accurate enough. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums.

  • Lamotte GREEN Program Low Cost Water Monitoring Kit
  • Manufacture: LaMotte Company
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LaMotte 32771
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LaMotte 32771 Final Thoughts

"Worked pretty well."

While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well!

Overall Score
4.7


(26 Points)

6. AZOO PH Test Kit

User Ratings: 90

Azoo AZ24001 First Impressions

"Would buy again for sure!"

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Always nice to get something extra! The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Every test I do takes just a few drops. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good.

  • AZOO PH Test Kit
  • For Freshwater, Saltwater and Pond
  • Includes a Sample Vial, Color Comparison Chart
  • Easy to Use
  • For Freshwater, Saltwater and Pond
  • Easy to Use
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 3.75 x 2 x 1 inches; 0.96 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Azoo AZ24001
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Azoo AZ24001 Final Thoughts

"Nice product."

Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. So I got these to try and I love them. The price is great for all these essential tests! Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. You mostly find them using API also. These are working very well for me.

Overall Score
4.9


(10 Points)

7. Seachem Laboratories Multi-Test Reef Special (75 tests)

User Ratings: 25

Seachem 1370 First Impressions

"Super easy to use."

32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I like API products and find them the most accurate. But it is accurate and convenient as is. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads.

  • Seachem Laboratories Multi-Test Reef Special (75 tests)
  • *Combines the Phosphate, Silicate, and Iodine/Iodide kits
  • *Multi-cavity plate for simultaneous testing of up to 6 tests at the same time
  • *Includes reference for test validation
  • *For Saltwater and Reef aquariums
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.1 x 2.6 inches; 6.4 Ounces
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Seachem 1370 Final Thoughts

"3 and not 0."

Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. I respect a company that backs their product. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included.

Overall Score
3.9


(6 Points)

8. Red Sea Marine Care Program Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 81

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. First Impressions

"Great magnesium test kit."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

  • 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

"Helps keep my fish happy."

First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. It is easy to use and accurate enough. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Quantity of strips seems very good. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use.

Overall Score
4.6


(5 Points)

9. Seachem MultiTest Marine Basic Test Kit

User Ratings: 53 15

Seachem 116099004 First Impressions

"I used API prior to this."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. Every test I do takes just a few drops. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle.

  • Seachem MultiTest Marine Basic Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • For saltwater use only
  • Unique indicator
  • Four tests in one
  • 75 test
  • Unique indicator
  • Four tests in one
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.8 x 2.5 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116099004
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Seachem 116099004 Final Thoughts

"So they're measuring!"

You mostly find them using API also. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium.

Overall Score
3.8


(19 Points)

10. NYOS Magnesium (MG) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 58 3

NYOS WT-MGR First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

Every test I do takes just a few drops. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. But after last night these are a must have for me.

  • NYOS Magnesium (MG) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit
  • 50 Tests - NYOS REEFER test kits allows you to achieve precise and most importantly reproducible (i.e. in repeat measurements identical) measuring results.
  • Reagents are made in Germany in accordance with EN ISO 9001, AAS and NIST standards.
  • Made in Germany
  • Manufacture: NYOS
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 4 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NYOS WT-MGR
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NYOS WT-MGR Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff.

Overall Score
4.2


(49 Points)

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