Editor's Choice - Our Favorite ATI Aquarium Test Kits

1. ATI ICP-OES Complete Saltwater Water Test Kit

User Ratings: 83 2

ATI 7048596 First Impressions

"Take the read."

These are working very well for me. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. The key is that you are looking for changes. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad.

  • ATI ICP-OES Complete Saltwater Water Test Kit
  • Includes a Prepaid Label to Ship your Water in
  • Includes Salinity and KH unlike competing test kits
  • Major elements: chloride, sodium, sulphur, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bromine, strontium and boron
  • Minor elements: aluminium, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, bismuth, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, iodine, lead, lithium, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, phosphorus, selenium, silicon, silver, thallium, tin, titanium, vanadium and zinc
  • Manufacture: ATI
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ATI 7048596 Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost.

Overall Score
4.7


(222 Points)

2. API Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 85 1

API 34 First Impressions

"Take the read."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. No issues so far, test strips work well. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. The price is great for all these essential tests!

  • API Aquarium Test Kit
  • Contains one (1) API FRESHWATER MASTER TEST KIT 800-Test Freshwater Aquarium Water Master Test Kit, including 7 bottles of testing solutions, 1 color card and 4 glass tubes with cap
  • Helps monitor water quality and prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and cause fish loss
  • Accurately monitors 5 most vital water parameters levels in freshwater aquariums: pH, high range pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate
  • Designed for use in freshwater aquariums only
  • Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 9.13 x 3.5 x 4.63 inches; 1.15 Pounds
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API 34 Final Thoughts

"YES, it's accurate."

I have not found that to be true for myself. Quantity of strips seems very good. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

Overall Score
4.8


(12611 Points)

3. Reef Care Magnesium Pro High Accuracy Test Kit - 100 Tests [Misc.]

User Ratings: 77 4

Red Sea 306013 First Impressions

"Also they leak."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. The test strips work as advertised. It does take some time though to actually get it done. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it.

  • Reef Care Magnesium Pro High Accuracy Test Kit - 100 Tests [Misc.]
  • Magnesium pro test kit is an advanced titration test
  • Measuring the level of magnesium in your reef aquarium to an exceptionally high accuracy of 20 ppm
  • This test kit enables accurate dosing of reef foundation C supplement (magnesium) which is part of the complete reef care program
  • Includes a durable, chemical resistant plastic case, analytical grade glass vials
  • A high precision titrate with materials for up to 100 tests
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.12 x 3.15 inches; 14.39 Ounces
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Red Sea 306013 Final Thoughts

"They work for me."

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is.

Overall Score
4.6


(91 Points)

4. Red Sea Reef Foundation Test Kit - Calcium, Alkalinity & Magnesium

User Ratings: 78 6

Red Sea 306027 First Impressions

"Was good for 3 years."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read.

  • Red Sea Reef Foundation Test Kit - Calcium, Alkalinity & Magnesium
  • Saltwater Reef Foundation Pro Multi Test Kit
  • Includes High Accuracy Titration Tests For The Accurate Measurement Of The Elements Calcium, Magnesium And Alkalinity (KHz)
  • All of these elements need to be available in balanced proportions for sustainable successful coral health and growth
  • This Test Kit Enables Accurate Dosing Of The Reef Foundation Supplements
  • Test Kit Includes 5Ppm 75-Test Calcium Pro, 0. 05 Me/L 75-Test KHz/Alkalinity Pro And 20 Ppm 60-Test Magnesium Pro Tests
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 7.09 x 3.54 inches; 1 Pounds
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Red Sea 306027 Final Thoughts

"Hope this was useful."

I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I respect a company that backs their product.

Overall Score
4.5


(401 Points)

5. Salifert Nitrate Test Kit

User Ratings: 76 3

Salifert 8714079130385 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. Quantity of strips seems very good. I respect a company that backs their product. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. But it is accurate and convenient as is.

  • Salifert Nitrate Test Kit
  • The nitrate test kit provides fast and precise nitrate measurements
  • The nitrate test kit can perform up to 60 tests
  • The nitrate test kit comes with reagents analytic, grade glass vials, and a calorimetric comparator
  • Package Dimensions: 12.8 L x 10.6 W x 4.6 H (cm)
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 2.08 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130385
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Salifert 8714079130385 Final Thoughts

"That's all."

Quantity of strips seems very good. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. First and second test have a little change which was expected. They quickly shipped me a new product. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain.

Overall Score
4.6


(177 Points)

6. Strontium Sr Profi Test Kit, 25 Tests

User Ratings: 66 7

Salifert Aqua 324 First Impressions

"Like nuclear waste water."

They quickly shipped me a new product. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

  • Strontium Sr Profi Test Kit, 25 Tests
  • Manufacture: Salifert
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Salifert Aqua 324 Final Thoughts

"I don't know."

It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. You mostly find them using API also.

Overall Score
4.3


(48 Points)

7. Nutrafin Iron 0.0 to 1.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 50 -Tests

User Ratings: 61 5

Nutrafin A7835A1 First Impressions

"Easy to read."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below.

  • Nutrafin Iron 0.0 to 1.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 50 -Tests
  • Suitable for fresh and saltwater aquariums to measure iron levels
  • Essential for proper water quality
  • Helps ensure a healthy environment for your fish and plants
  • Allows you to easily test iron levels
  • Easy to follow directions; Contains 50 tests
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
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Nutrafin A7835A1 Final Thoughts

"Love the convenience."

My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. So I got these to try and I love them.

Overall Score
4.3


(31 Points)

8. Advocate Pet Test Blood Glucose Monitoring System for Dogs/Cats PT-100

User Ratings: 59 11

Advocate PHA00602 First Impressions

"This kit is amazing."

Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

  • Advocate Pet Test Blood Glucose Monitoring System for Dogs/Cats PT-100
  • Calibrated for Dogs and Cats
  • One-Button Switch Between Dogs & Cats
  • Smallest Sample Size Needed (0.3µL)
  • Test Results in Five (5) Seconds
  • Extremely Easy to Use - No Coding Required - Accurate & Precise Results
  • Manufacture: Rufas & Coco (Quest Products)
  • Product Dimensions: 2.37 x 3.55 x 5.52 inches; 7.04 Ounces
  • Batteries: 2 AA batteries required. (included)
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Advocate PHA00602 Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

Always nice to get something extra! These are working very well for me. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. No issues so far, test strips work well. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

Overall Score
4.0


(339 Points)

9. Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater PH Mini Test Kit

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals First Impressions

"Great strips."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips.

  • Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater PH Mini Test Kit
  • Contains 500 tests each
  • Tests pH levels from 6.0 to 7.6
  • Contains color chart, clear instructions and glass tube(s)
  • Pack of 2
  • Manufacture: API
  • Item Weight: 5.12 Ounces
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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Final Thoughts

"00 becomes 40."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. No issues so far, test strips work well. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

10. Hanna Instruments HI758 Marine Calcium Checker Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 76 5

Hanna Instruments HI 758 First Impressions

"Thank you."

This is essential for an accurate reading. Some of the readings develop better than others. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes.

  • Hanna Instruments HI758 Marine Calcium Checker Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums
  • Easier to use and more accurate than chemical test kits, less expensive than professional testing
  • Accuracy +/-6 % of reading at 25 degree C / 77 degree F
  • Large LCD screen for readability
  • Auto shut-off to extend battery life
  • Operated by a single AAA battery
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4 x 2 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required.
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Hanna Instruments HI 758 Final Thoughts

"Using this meter is easy."

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. The test strips work as advertised. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. You mostly find them using API also. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I like API products and find them the most accurate.

Overall Score
4.5


(261 Points)

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