Editor's Choice - Our Favorite BOSIKE Aquarium Test Kits

1. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The 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)

2. SMASAMDE 5-in-1 Water Quality Test Strip Test Aquarium Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, PH, Test Fish ...

User Ratings: 38

SMASAMDE First Impressions

"Super easy to use."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. No issues so far, test strips work well. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it.

  • SMASAMDE 5-in-1 Water Quality Test Strip Test Aquarium Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, PH, Test Fish Tank Swimming Pool Drinking Water Test Strip
  • Health: Test strips are Suitable for drinking water, aquarium, fish tank, swimming pool and SPA, industrial water, pond, hot spring water testing.
  • 5-in-1 Water Test: Total Chlorine Free, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness, water quick test, provides results in a matter of seconds
  • Easy to use: Dip the drinking water test paper into the water for 2 seconds, hold it in the air for about 15s, then reading the color board
  • Easy to carry: 50 pieces, water quality should be tested weekly, drinking water test strips are easy to handle even for beginners.
  • Manufacture: SMASAMDE
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SMASAMDE Final Thoughts

"I used API prior to this."

My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. These are working very well for me. But it is accurate and convenient as is. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters.

Overall Score
4.1


(3 Points)

3. Sera gH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 80 2

Sera 4110 First Impressions

"Happy tank!"

I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. It is easy to use and accurate enough. I have not found that to be true for myself. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. I like API products and find them the most accurate. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit.

  • Sera gH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Makes it easy to monitor the total hardness
  • Very accurate
  • Easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 1.12 Ounces
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Sera 4110 Final Thoughts

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. 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. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. But after last night these are a must have for me.

Overall Score
4.7


(253 Points)

4. 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)

5. API Replacement Test Tubes for Aquarium Test Kits 3 Pack Bundle

User Ratings: 89 1

API ZY-ghm-202009015-29 First Impressions

"Thank you."

These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes.

  • API Replacement Test Tubes for Aquarium Test Kits 3 Pack Bundle
  • Replacement Test Tubes compatible with the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (API) Test Kits
  • Includes caps
  • 3 Pack
  • Manufacture: API
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API ZY-ghm-202009015-29
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API ZY-ghm-202009015-29 Final Thoughts

"It's very easy to do."

Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. 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. Always nice to get something extra! I mean some people would never do a water test at all. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate.

Overall Score
4.8


(129 Points)

6. FUNSW Aquarium Test Strips 7 in 1,Freshwater Master Kit, Water Testing Kit for Pond and Fish Tank,Ni...

FUNSW First Impressions

"No issues with it."

Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. 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. It does take some time though to actually get it done. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • FUNSW Aquarium Test Strips 7 in 1,Freshwater Master Kit, Water Testing Kit for Pond and Fish Tank,Nitrite, General Hardness, Free Chlorine,pH, Carbonate(100PCS)
  • 7 in 1 AQUARIUM WATER TEST KIT - our fish tank strips total have 7 elements: Nitrate, Nitrite, General Hardness, Free Chlorine,PH, Carbonate,Total Alkalinity, testing your fish tank if it is healthy water.
  • PREMIUM MATERIAL - each fish tank testing strip is made of high quality fiber paper and NO COLOR BLEEDING pad that provides instant and reliable result, the strips color wouldn’t bleed.
  • FAST and EASY to USE and READ - put the pond test strips into the water for 2 seconds and remove it, then hold the strip horizontally for 60 seconds, compare with color chart on bottle to get accurate value of the fish tank.
  • FUNCTION - the aquarium tester kit is good helper for testing your aquarium, fish tank or pond as testing strips that can offer the accurate values of water quickly, safely and easily.
  • EASY to CARRY - 100 test strips in 1 bottle, enough for 100 aquarium test strips, easy to carry, and measure anywhere.
  • Manufacture: FUNSW
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FUNSW Final Thoughts

"Pond water testing."

I have not found that to be true for myself. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. It does take some time though to actually get it done. The price is great for all these essential tests!

Overall Score
5.0


(14 Points)

7. Salifert NIPT Nitrite Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 4

Salifert NIPT First Impressions

"This is my water."

I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. Quantity of strips seems very good. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Every test I do takes just a few drops.

  • Salifert NIPT Nitrite Test Kit
  • Because of its unique formulation, the Salifert Test Kit does not suffer from amine interference, and offers full color development within one minute
  • The test kit has two different scales: an ultra-low scale for nitrite-nitrogen which ranges from 0.002 - 0.12 mg/L, and a medium scale for nitrite-nitrogen which ranges from 0.02 - 1.2 mg/L
  • Sufficient for up 50 tests
  • Can be used for marine water, freshwater and garden pond water
  • Made in Holland
  • Manufacture: Royal Aquatic LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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Salifert NIPT Final Thoughts

"Take the read."

The test strips work as advertised. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. You mostly find them using API also. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it.

Overall Score
4.6


(94 Points)

8. TestSure 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit - Aquarium Test Strips pH, Nitrates, Nitrites, Carbonate General H...

User Ratings: 65 12

TestSure First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything.

  • TestSure 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit - Aquarium Test Strips pH, Nitrates, Nitrites, Carbonate General Hardness (50 Strips/Bottle)
  • 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit (50 test strips per bottle)
  • 99% Accurate, Independently Tested, Scientifically Proven
  • Aquarium test strips are easy to use, results in less than 5 minutes
  • Comes with Test Sure’s 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Aquarium test for ph, Nitrites, Nitrates, Carbonate, and General Hardness
  • Manufacture: TS56
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TestSure
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TestSure Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. No issues so far, test strips work well. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
4.1


(23 Points)

9. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21430 Saltwater Iodine Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 50 Tests

User Ratings: 75 12

Red Sea 306019 First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! I have some pretty lousy water where I live. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. It does take some time though to actually get it done.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21430 Saltwater Iodine Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 50 Tests
  • Iodine pro test kit is a unique test, measuring the level of total iodine in reef aquarium to a high resolution of 0.01 ppm
  • This test kit enables the accurate dosing of reef colors A supplement (iodine and other halogens)
  • The kit includes a durable, chemical resistant plastic case and analytical grade glass vials
  • It uses a colorimetric test system
  • Also includes high precision materials for up to 50 tests
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 5.12 x 3.15 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306019
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Red Sea 306019 Final Thoughts

"Exactly what I needed."

But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. I have not found that to be true for myself. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. The key is that you are looking for changes. I have not found that to be true for myself. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place.

Overall Score
4.2


(11 Points)

10. Salifert Master Reef Testing Combo Kit - Saltwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 84

Salifert First Impressions

"Thank you!"

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out!

  • Salifert Master Reef Testing Combo Kit - Saltwater Aquariums
  • Six Salifert Professional Test Kits
  • Includes Calcium, Nitrate, Phosphate, pH, Alkalinity & Magnesium
  • Includes all the Core parameters of any Saltwater Aquarium/Marine Reef Tank
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.4 x 6.7 inches; 1.55 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert
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Salifert Final Thoughts

"75, for example."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. The test strips work as advertised. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. This is essential for an accurate reading.

Overall Score
4.8


(112 Points)

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