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
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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. Aquarium Choice Aquarium Coral Fish Tank auto top Off Water Filler Controller System,Aquarium Automa...

User Ratings: 81

Aquarium Choice First Impressions

"Great test kit."

Every test I do takes just a few drops. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. They quickly shipped me a new product. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it.

  • Aquarium Choice Aquarium Coral Fish Tank auto top Off Water Filler Controller System,Aquarium Automatic Adding Water Level Controller System Siphon Principle
  • Aquarium Choice Auto Aquarium Water Level Filler Controller,Coral Marine aquarium auto top off system, Aquarium Automatic Adding Water Product Designed According Siphon Principle
  • How to install the aquarium water level controller to different thickness tank glass?The fish tank water level controller product contains four tank glass inserts which are (1).3-4mm tank glass insert (2)5-6mm tank glass insert (3)8mm tank glass insert (4)Noise reduction device (5)1 mm self-adhesive path.Choose different tank glass insert to fit different size tank and the aquarium auto top off system product without tank glass insert can fit 10mm thickness tank glass.
  • How to use this fish tank auto top off product?There is one USA bottle connector and one water supply base.Please connect the USA bottle connector to the water supply base and then find a carbonated Drink Plastic Bottle to connect it to the USA bottle connector(The USA bottle connector can fit most of popular carbonated bottle in USA)
  • How to use this product to keep adding water to the fish tank longer?It depends on how big the water bottle you use to connect to the water supply base and also depends on how many units product you use on your tank.In order to keep adding water to your tank,you can choose bigger water supply bottle or you can order more units to be able to install more units water bottle on your tank.
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Choice
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Aquarium Choice Final Thoughts

"These are great!"

But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. You mostly find them using API also. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy.

Overall Score
4.6


(7 Points)

3. Professional Automatic Temperature Compensation Salinity Refractometer for Aquariums, Marine Monitor...

User Ratings: 79 3

Magnum Media Salinity 10ATC SR007-10ATC First Impressions

"These are just easier."

If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. No issues so far, test strips work well. But after last night these are a must have for me. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • Professional Automatic Temperature Compensation Salinity Refractometer for Aquariums, Marine Monitoring, Saltwater Testing.Dual Sacle: 0-100ppt & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity
  • Upgraded Quality
  • Partable Hard Storage Box
  • Dual Salinity Scale
  • Automatic Temperature Compensation
  • Full 12 Month Replacement Warranty
  • Manufacture: Magnum Media
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 3.2 x 1.7 inches; 5.64 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Magnum Media Salinity 10ATC SR007-10ATC
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Magnum Media Salinity 10ATC SR007-10ATC Final Thoughts

"Helps keep my fish happy."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. These are working very well for me. It does take some time though to actually get it done. These are working very well for me. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

Overall Score
4.6


(496 Points)

4. 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.
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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)

5. Nutrafin pH Wide Range 4.5 to 9.0 for Fresh and Saltwater, 100-Tests

User Ratings: 51 20

Nutrafin A7815 First Impressions

"I really enjoy this kit."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. They quickly shipped me a new product. But it is accurate and convenient as is. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect.

  • Nutrafin pH Wide Range 4.5 to 9.0 for Fresh and Saltwater, 100-Tests
  • Suitable for freshwater or marine aquariums to establish the right pH range for your fish (4.5-9.0
  • Determines general range of pH in your aquarium
  • Helps you determine proper environment type for your fish
  • Works to provide a healthy and clean living environment for your fish
  • Easy to follow directions; Contains 100 Tests
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
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Nutrafin A7815 Final Thoughts

"Used the same kit before."

I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it.

Overall Score
3.9


(28 Points)

6. Tetra EasyStrips 25 Count, Ammonia Test Strips For aquariums, Water Testing, 25-Strip, Model:19540

User Ratings: 70 4

Tetra 19540 First Impressions

"Two packages were inside."

This is essential for an accurate reading. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Some of the readings develop better than others. I have not found that to be true for myself.

  • Tetra EasyStrips 25 Count, Ammonia Test Strips For aquariums, Water Testing, 25-Strip, Model:19540
  • AMMONIA TESTING Regularly testing your water ammonia levels is critical to the success of your aquarium
  • VERSATILE Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • CONVENIENT Just dip into water wait 10 seconds and read results
  • COMPATIBLE WITH TETRA MY aquarium APP Get instant water care product recommendations based on testing results
  • USAGE Use when setting up a new aquarium after water changes or as needed
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 5.94 x 5.94 x 11.75 inches; 0.8 Ounces
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Tetra 19540 Final Thoughts

"Very easy to use."

If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! The test strips work as advertised. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times.

Overall Score
4.4


(709 Points)

7. Sera 3 Piece Vials Supplementary Pack Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 75

Sera 4945 First Impressions

"3 and not 0."

Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place.

  • Sera 3 Piece Vials Supplementary Pack Aquarium Test Kits
  • Country Of Origin : Germany
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 5.51 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 1.57 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 3.54 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Sera 4945 Final Thoughts

"Fast result."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

Overall Score
4.8


(10 Points)

8. Stanaway Water Quality Test Meter PH Meter TDS Aquarium 4 in 1, 0-9990ppm, Ideal Water Test Meter fo...

User Ratings: 58 12

Stanaway First Impressions

"They work for me."

I like API products and find them the most accurate. The key is that you are looking for changes. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. I have not found that to be true for myself. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use.

  • Stanaway Water Quality Test Meter PH Meter TDS Aquarium 4 in 1, 0-9990ppm, Ideal Water Test Meter for Drinking Water, Aquariums, etc
  • 【Compact Design】TDS meter can test TDS, EC, and temperature(NO PH), just turn TDS meter on and stir water gently, it will be displayed on the screen in ppm (parts per million)
  • 【4 in 1, TDS Meter Upgrade】TDS Value Alarm Setting is the special features for our TDS Meter Upgrade, Any numeric value of N*10 can be set. When the numerical exceeds the set numerically, the backlight automatically turns red
  • 【Digital Easy-to-Read LCD Screen, Auto Hold and Turn Off】The reading result will be auto-locked on LCD in seconds. To safe the power supply, the water tester will shut down automatically after 2 minutes stand by
  • 【Wide Applications】Great tool for drinking water, water filtration, and purification, hydroponics (test your nutrients), aquariums, RO/DI systems, pools and spas, and more
  • 【What you will get? 】30-DAY Full Money Refund guarantee, 12-month warranty + 100% authentic, Excellent customer service
  • 1 x TDS Meter
  • 1 x Carrying case
  • 1 x User's manual
  • Manufacture: Stanaway
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 0.6 inches; 1.76 Ounces
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Stanaway Final Thoughts

"These are great!"

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense.

Overall Score
3.9


(89 Points)

9. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21425 Saltwater Phosphate Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 68 9

Red Sea 306017 First Impressions

"Easy to read."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21425 Saltwater Phosphate Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Phosphate pro test kit is an advanced colorimetric test with comparator
  • Measuring the level of phosphate in reef aquarium to an exceptionally high resolution of 0. 014 ppm P-PO4
  • This test kit, when used in conjunction with the nitrate pro test kit, enables accurate dosing of NO3: PO4-X (biological nitrate and phosphate reducer)
  • This kit includes a durable, chemical resistant plastic case, analytical grade glass vials
  • Includes material for up to 100 tests
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.51 x 3.15 inches; 1 Pounds
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Red Sea 306017 Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. So I got these to try and I love them. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

Overall Score
4.2


(48 Points)

10. Hanna Marine Alkalinity (dKH) Checker HC - HI772

User Ratings: 84 2

Hanna Instruments HI772 First Impressions

"Love the convenience."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. But it turns out that is not the case. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2.

  • Hanna Marine Alkalinity (dKH) Checker HC - HI772
  • Compact, Portable Design
  • Built-in Timer
  • One-Button Operation
  • Manufacture: Hanna
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 2.5 inches; 12.64 Ounces
  • Batteries: 1 AA batteries required.
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Hanna Instruments HI772 Final Thoughts

"Best strips ever."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading.

Overall Score
4.7


(326 Points)

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