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. Fluval CO2 Indicator Kit

User Ratings: 61 7

Fluval A7551 First Impressions

"Bought the 100 Count."

And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. I don't know so much about how precise these are. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button!

  • Fluval CO2 Indicator Kit
  • Monitors levels of CO2 in aquariums
  • Provides accurate dosing of CO2
  • Ensures fish and plants live in a healthy environment
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 4 x 5.5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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Fluval A7551 Final Thoughts

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

Overall Score
4.2


(175 Points)

3. Sera 50 Piece Quick Test

User Ratings: 70 1

Sera 4960 First Impressions

"Best strips ever."

Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. It does take some time though to actually get it done. So I got these to try and I love them. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Sera 50 Piece Quick Test
  • Quick water testing
  • Check 5 water parameters within 1 minute
  • PH, kH, gH, NO3, NO2
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.18 x 1.18 x 4.33 inches; 1.12 Ounces
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Sera 4960 Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage.

Overall Score
4.5


(385 Points)

4. All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Copper Profi

User Ratings: 38 31

All Seas Marine Inc SI009 First Impressions

"Easy to use."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. I don't know so much about how precise these are. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

  • All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Copper Profi
  • Copper is often used as a treatment for parasite infested fish and it is essential that the correct
  • Tap water can also be naturally high in copper and it is therefore advisable to test for this on a regular basis.
  • 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
  • Can be used for marine, fresh and garden pond water. Strongly chelated copper will only be partly or not at all detected. Keep out of reach of children. Not for consumption.
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The All Seas Marine Inc SI009
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All Seas Marine Inc SI009 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. But it is accurate and convenient as is. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
3.3


(7 Points)

5. API Saltwater Calcium Test Kit

User Ratings: 62 11

Mars First Impressions

"5 out of 5 stars."

About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. It you take it to a local fish store. It is easy to use and accurate enough. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

  • API Saltwater Calcium Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Mars Fishcare North America
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Mars Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. They quickly shipped me a new product. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

Overall Score
4.2


(22 Points)

6. 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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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)

7. Nutrafin Master Test Kit, Contains 10 Test Parameters

User Ratings: 63 12

Nutrafin A7860 First Impressions

"Great test kit."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

  • Nutrafin Master Test Kit, Contains 10 Test Parameters
  • Master Test Kit; Ensures your fish are living a proper environment
  • Includes all Hagen test kits including ammonia, pH, calcium, phosphate, iron, nitrite, nitrate, KH and GH
  • Easy-to-read color charts are included
  • For fresh and saltwater aquariums; Full instructions for each test
  • Packed in a solid, durable case that holds everything; Acts as an excellent working area
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 13 x 14 inches; 2 Pounds
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Nutrafin A7860 Final Thoughts

"It's worth it."

If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is.

Overall Score
4.0


(103 Points)

8. Red Sea 23167 Nitrate Pro 100 Tests Refill

User Ratings: 71

Red Sea 23167 First Impressions

"These strips are great."

But it turns out that is not the case. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

  • Red Sea 23167 Nitrate Pro 100 Tests Refill
  • This Product Is Easy To Use
  • This Product Adds A Great Value
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 0.3 Pounds
  • Package Dimensions: 4.7007874015748" L X 3.09842519685039" W X 2" H
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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Red Sea 23167 Final Thoughts

"YES, it's accurate."

Every test I do takes just a few drops. I respect a company that backs their product. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks.

Overall Score
4.6


(18 Points)

9. 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
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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)

10. Acid Test Kit

User Ratings: 37 20

E.C. Kraus QL-MCNE-JWA1 First Impressions

"These strips are great."

But it turns out that is not the case. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. 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 wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Acid Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Home Brew Ohio
  • Editor's Impressions Of The E.C. Kraus QL-MCNE-JWA1
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E.C. Kraus QL-MCNE-JWA1 Final Thoughts

"3 and not 0."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. It you take it to a local fish store. They quickly shipped me a new product. But after last night these are a must have for me. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads.

Overall Score
3.6


(31 Points)

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