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. AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 100 Count

User Ratings: 79 6

AlphaTRAK First Impressions

"This is a good item."

The price is great for all these essential tests! If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. It you take it to a local fish store. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start.

  • AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 100 Count
  • AlphaTRAK 2 Veterinary Blood Glucose Test Strips 100/box
  • Manufacture: AlphaTRAK
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AlphaTRAK Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree.

Overall Score
4.6


(44 Points)

3. AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 50 Count

User Ratings: 83 2

Zoetis 14535 First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. First and second test have a little change which was expected.

  • AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 50 Count
  • No Fabric
  • Made in USA
  • Fifty (50) test strips in one box
  • Use with device to monitor your pet's blood glucose
  • Easy to use
  • Manufacture: Abbott Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.85 x 1.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
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Zoetis 14535 Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(2489 Points)

4. Salifert pH Test Kit

User Ratings: 84 4

Salifert 8714079130491 First Impressions

"I kid you not."

No one brand is going to guarantee against this. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. But after last night these are a must have for me. It you take it to a local fish store. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price.

  • Salifert pH Test Kit
  • The pH test kit provides accurate pH fluctuations
  • The pH test kit can perform up to 50 tests
  • The pH test monitors the pH and provides an effective alkalinity
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 1.59 Ounces
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Salifert 8714079130491 Final Thoughts

"75, for example."

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

Overall Score
4.7


(108 Points)

5. Hanna Instruments Saltwater Nitrate Low Range Checker HC - HI781

User Ratings: 53 18

Hanna Instruments First Impressions

"I love this test kit."

I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • Hanna Instruments Saltwater Nitrate Low Range Checker HC - HI781
  • More accurate than chemical test kits.
  • Built-in timer so you don't miss a step.
  • No errors with a digital readout
  • Ideal for aquariums and marine biology applications
  • For samples containing 5-50 ppm nitrate, follow the dilution procedure
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required. (included)
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Hanna Instruments Final Thoughts

"Nice product."

Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. It you take it to a local fish store. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

Overall Score
3.7


(17 Points)

6. Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 Test

User Ratings: 80 5

Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. It does take some time though to actually get it done. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle.

  • Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 Test
  • Quickly measure the conentraion of Magnesium in marine water
  • Mg levels should be analyzed regularly
  • Test Kit contains sufficient reagents to perform approx. 55-60 separate tests within that range.
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 2.36 x 5.91 inches; 6.4 Ounces
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Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 Final Thoughts

"My favorite brand!"

Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. This is essential for an accurate reading. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums.

Overall Score
4.6


(28 Points)

7. API TEST KIT, Different styles available, Monitors water quality and helps prevent invisible problem...

User Ratings: 77 3

API LR8600 First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

Some of the readings develop better than others. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement.

  • API TEST KIT, Different styles available, Monitors water quality and helps prevent invisible problems that can be harmful to fish, Fast, easy and accurate, Use weekly and when problems appear
  • Contains one (1) API AMMONIA 130-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Water Test Kit, including 2 bottles of testing solution, 2 color cards and 1 glass test tube with cap
  • Monitors water quality and prevents invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish
  • Monitors water quality and prevents invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish
  • Works instantly to make aquarium water safe for fish
  • Dose several times a week when starting a new aquarium then weekly or when problem arise
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 2.75 x 1.63 x 5.13 inches; 4.8 Ounces
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API LR8600 Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Quantity of strips seems very good. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. So I got these to try and I love them. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. The test strips work as advertised.

Overall Score
4.6


(4238 Points)

8. capetsma 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Best Kit for Water Quality Testing for Freshwater Saltwater Po...

User Ratings: 50 16

capetsma First Impressions

"Just sayin'."

These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems.

  • capetsma 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Best Kit for Water Quality Testing for Freshwater Saltwater Pool and Pond - Test pH, Nitrate, Nitrite, Carbonate, Hardness, Chlorine, Alkalinity, Iron, Copper
  • 9 TESTS IN 1 COMPLETE KIT - Contains 1 capetsma 9-IN-1 TEST STRIPS Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Strips 50-Count in sealed Box. Monitors levels of pH ✓ Nitrate ✓ Nitrite✓ Carbonate ✓ General Hardness ( TDS ) ✓ Free Chlorine ✓ Total Alkalinity ✓ Iron ✓ Copper.
  • EASY & FAST RESULTS - Simply dip a strip into liquid and compare it to chart. Quickly get test results in seconds, No private laboratory testing or mail-in analysis required.
  • HELP 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. Also it can help test the levels of all sorts of products such as drinking water, pools, spas, laundry, dishwasher, urine and more.
  • EXPIRATION DATE: 2C ~ 30C dry place and keep away from light, valid for 24 months. Pls notice the production date is on the label, below the color chart, LOT: 2019061401 means it is the first batch on 06/14/2019.
  • Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
  • Manufacture: Capetsma
  • Product Dimensions: 2.09 x 2.09 x 4.72 inches; 2.26 Ounces
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capetsma Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

Overall Score
3.8


(613 Points)

9. Seachem MultiTest Iron Test Kit

User Ratings: 51 12

Seachem 116096805 First Impressions

"However, it is not."

And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip.

  • Seachem MultiTest Iron Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • Fresh or saltwater use
  • Unique indicator
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.3 x 2.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
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Seachem 116096805 Final Thoughts

"These are great!"

I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. These are working very well for me. They quickly shipped me a new product.

Overall Score
3.8


(120 Points)

10. All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Ph Profi

User Ratings: 72 8

All Seas Marine Inc SI029 First Impressions

"This test worked well."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage.

  • All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Ph Profi
  • The pH value in a marine Tank has a major impact on the growth of corals and calcareous algae and on many biological processes. The pH should not be allowed to fluctuate more than Approx. 0.2 units during any 24 hour period and Should preferably be kept above 8.2. If the pH is too low then the cause may be a too low alkalinity and/or a build up of carbon dioxide caused by insufficient aeration. Sufficient for 50 tests.
  • For marine water only
  • Warning! Keep out of reach of children
  • The Salifert test kit is sufficiently accurate to monitor minor pH fluctuations and is scaled from pH 7.4–8.7
  • A low pH can be corrected by improving aeration and by increasing the alkalinity
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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All Seas Marine Inc SI029 Final Thoughts

"These strips are great."

The key is that you are looking for changes. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect.

Overall Score
4.3


(16 Points)

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