Editor's Choice - Our Favorite boxtech Aquarium Test Kits

1. Boxtech Aquarium Marine Test Sea Saltwater Hydrometer Reef - Ocean Hydrometer Salinity Meter - for F...

User Ratings: 62 7

boxtech First Impressions

"00 becomes 40."

The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-.

  • Boxtech Aquarium Marine Test Sea Saltwater Hydrometer Reef - Ocean Hydrometer Salinity Meter - for Fish Tank Water Salinity Specific Gravity Test
  • Safe Material:Made of plastic,aquarium clear Automatic Accurate Readable SaltWater Hydrometer.
  • Durable Clear Acrylic:Accurate, durable, and easy to read your marine aquarium's salt level and specific gravity,Small and waterproof.if the specific gravity between 1.000 - 1.019,show that the specific gravity is small;if the specific gravity between 1.020 - 1.023,show that the specific gravity is nomal;if the specific gravity between 1.024 - 1.030,show that the specific gravity is big;
  • Clearly Safe Zone Indicated:Includes solinity and specific grovity scales.The outside rang of scale indicates salinity(PPT).The inside range of scale indicates gravity.And with safe zone clearly indicated.Range of use: 0-40 degrees (1.000-1.030).If the salinity ppt between 32 - 40,show that the salinity hydrometer is high;If the salinity ppt between 27 - 31,show that the salinity hydrometer is normal; If the salinity ppt between 0 - 26,show that the salinity hydrometer is light.
  • Wide Usage:Fit for brackish and marine aquariums.Perfect for testing both salinity and specific gravity of your brackish and marine tank.Includes solinity and specific grovity scales.Suitable for fresh water and sea water.
  • Easy to Read and Use:The easy-to-read swing-arm pointer and extra wide stable base provide an accurate test result.
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 9.06 x 0.98 inches; 3.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

boxtech Final Thoughts

"Pond water testing."

About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. It you take it to a local fish store. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(123 Points)

2. Pet Control HQ Glucometer for Dogs & Cats - Lab-Accurate Blood Sugar Glucose Meter Testing Kit, Test...

User Ratings: 58 8

Pet Control HQ First Impressions

"They work for me."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

  • Pet Control HQ Glucometer for Dogs & Cats - Lab-Accurate Blood Sugar Glucose Meter Testing Kit, Test Strips w/ 2 Calibrated Code-Chips to Monitor Canine or Feline Diabetes - 50 Lancets & Log Book
  • VET-APPROVED FOR FAST & RELIABLE RESULTS: The Pet Control HQ Blood Glucose Meter is trusted by Veterinarians to get fast and accurate glucose readings for diabetic pets; In fact, they choose this pet glucometer because it uses premium GDH enzyme collaborating test strips (stored in a temperature-controlled vial) and has 2 Code-Chips (one for dogs the other cats) for more consistent and accurate test results that can help your furry friends stay in the safe range
  • GENTLE - EVEN FOR SENSITIVE PETS: This pet glucometer requires the least amount of blood of any test available (only 0.6µL) which makes metering as painless and stress-free as possible, and research shows that home testing is more accurate than vet offices due to comfort and lowered stress (especially for high anxiety dogs and cats); Plus, most customers say that after a few tests on the ankle callus, leg, ear, or paw, they’ve seen no more discomfort for their loved ones than at the vet office
  • LAB-ACCURATE TESTING FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME: Veterinarians recommend blood tests because your pet’s highly-regulated system doesn’t change or dilute with hydration (like humans); Our lab-accurate testing lets you precisely monitor blood sugar in the comfort of your home - you’ll enjoy peace of mind that you’re staying on top of your pet’s diabetes to keep them safe and healthy
  • EASY ONE-BUTTON TEST RESULTS IN SECONDS: Pet Parents who want to avoid the nasty side-effects of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia say they love how the one-button operation and easy-to-read 10-second test results give them the confidence to take care of diabetic pooches and kittens - without the stress of vet visits on their animals
  • 2 CODE-CHIP GLUCOMETER FOR CATS & DOGS: Drop the cost of vet bills with the Pet Control HQ medical-grade pet glucometer; Unlike other options that use the same test strip for cats and dogs, this has a 2 Code-Chip test strip (one calibrated for your K9, the other for your kitty) to give you lab-accurate readings of insulin levels at home; Plus, the included data-tracking log book lets you track and share your pet’s readings with your vet for added confidence
  • 1 Pet Control HQ Glucometer for dogs & cats
  • 50 Blood glucose test strips for dogs & cats
  • 2 Code-Chips (one for dogs and one for cats)
  • Manufacture: Pet Control HQ
  • Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pet Control HQ
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.1']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

Pet Control HQ Final Thoughts

"Easy to read."

So I got these to try and I love them. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(61 Points)

3. 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
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='2.6']
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

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

[star rating="3.6"]
(31 Points)

4. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21455 Marine Care Program pH/Alkalinity Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 63

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306024 First Impressions

"Love the convenience."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. They quickly shipped me a new product. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21455 Marine Care Program pH/Alkalinity Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Marine care program ph. /alkalinity test kit
  • Includes an accurate titration test for KH and a colorimetric test for pH for monitoring
  • These essential parameters in all marine aquariums
  • Its accuracy of 0. 2 ppm; performs 100 tests
  • It range is 7. 6ppm-8. 6ppm
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1.97 x 0.79 x 1.18 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306024
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306024 Final Thoughts

"This is my water."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. But after last night these are a must have for me. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(23 Points)

5. Salifert Magnesium (MG) Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 3

Salifert 8714079130422 First Impressions

"Nice product."

Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. It does take some time though to actually get it done. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Salifert Magnesium (MG) Test Kit
  • The magnesium test kit effectively tests and provides a balanced magnesium aquarium
  • The magnesium test kit can perform up to 50 tests
  • The test will measure accurate steps of color change in tank
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 0.5 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Part Number: SI017
  • Item Weight: 3.98 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches
  • Color: Original version
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130422
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Salifert 8714079130422 Final Thoughts

"Best strips ever."

I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. These are working very well for me. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(527 Points)

6. Sera pH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 72 3

Sera 4310 First Impressions

"I love this test kit."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish.

  • Sera pH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • Makes it easy to monitor the pH value in fresh and marine water and ponds
  • Package Dimensions: 13.8 L x 4.2H x9.2W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.24 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4310
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Sera 4310 Final Thoughts

"These are just easier."

If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I have not had any problem whatsoever. This is essential for an accurate reading. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. So I got these to try and I love them.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(321 Points)

7. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130491
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

[star rating="4.7"]
(108 Points)

8. XEOGUIYA Co2 Drop Checker, Aquarium Fish Tank Drop Checker PH Test CO2 Glass Kit

User Ratings: 68 32

XEOGUIYA First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips.

  • XEOGUIYA Co2 Drop Checker, Aquarium Fish Tank Drop Checker PH Test CO2 Glass Kit
  • Co2 detector material: Make of high quality glass material, durable, easy to use and clean.
  • Scope of application: It is used to detect and monitor the concentration of aquarium aquarium fish tank. It is suitable for the ornamentation and cultivation of fish tank, aquarium, especially aquatic plants, tropical fish.
  • Easy to use: Make sure your test kit is clean. Put 5 drops of CO2 indicator (not included) into the glass inspector and use a pipette to inject 1/2 of the area of the test solution into the tank. Then face down the opening of the drop checker. Use a suction cup to connect it to the side of the tank and wait for up to 2 hours.
  • PH test results shows: Blue indicates insufficient carbon dioxide, green indicates sufficient carbon dioxide, and yellow indicates excessive carbon dioxide.
  • Packaging includes: 1 x Co2 Drop Checker. Note: This product does not contain test solvents.
  • Manufacture: XEOGUIYA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XEOGUIYA
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

XEOGUIYA Final Thoughts

"Was good for 3 years."

I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. The key is that you are looking for changes. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(4 Points)

9. API 5 in 1 Test Strips Water Conditioner for Aquariums, 4 Count by API

User Ratings: 34

API First Impressions

"Fast result."

The test strips work as advertised. This is essential for an accurate reading. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • API 5 in 1 Test Strips Water Conditioner for Aquariums, 4 Count by API
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

API Final Thoughts

"Great test kit!"

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(3 Points)

10. Seachem Reef Status Calcium Test Kit

User Ratings: 32 13

Seachem 116092005 First Impressions

"Arrived with no damage."

A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. I respect a company that backs their product. 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.

  • Seachem Reef Status Calcium Test Kit
  • 150 test
  • For saltwater use only
  • Unique indicator
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 5.8 x 3.6 inches; 1.05 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116092005
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Seachem 116092005 Final Thoughts

"Easy to read."

I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. They quickly shipped me a new product. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it.

Overall Score
3.5

[star rating="3.5"]
(10 Points)

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