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
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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


(123 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. Stanaway Water Quality Test Meter PH Meter TDS Aquarium 4 in 1, 0-9990ppm, Ideal Water Test Meter fo...

User Ratings: 58 12

Stanaway First Impressions

"They work for me."

I like API products and find them the most accurate. The key is that you are looking for changes. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. I have not found that to be true for myself. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use.

  • Stanaway Water Quality Test Meter PH Meter TDS Aquarium 4 in 1, 0-9990ppm, Ideal Water Test Meter for Drinking Water, Aquariums, etc
  • 【Compact Design】TDS meter can test TDS, EC, and temperature(NO PH), just turn TDS meter on and stir water gently, it will be displayed on the screen in ppm (parts per million)
  • 【4 in 1, TDS Meter Upgrade】TDS Value Alarm Setting is the special features for our TDS Meter Upgrade, Any numeric value of N*10 can be set. When the numerical exceeds the set numerically, the backlight automatically turns red
  • 【Digital Easy-to-Read LCD Screen, Auto Hold and Turn Off】The reading result will be auto-locked on LCD in seconds. To safe the power supply, the water tester will shut down automatically after 2 minutes stand by
  • 【Wide Applications】Great tool for drinking water, water filtration, and purification, hydroponics (test your nutrients), aquariums, RO/DI systems, pools and spas, and more
  • 【What you will get? 】30-DAY Full Money Refund guarantee, 12-month warranty + 100% authentic, Excellent customer service
  • 1 x TDS Meter
  • 1 x Carrying case
  • 1 x User's manual
  • Manufacture: Stanaway
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 0.6 inches; 1.76 Ounces
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Stanaway Final Thoughts

"These are great!"

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense.

Overall Score
3.9


(89 Points)

4. Salifert Nitrate (No3) Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 4

All Seas Marine SI021 First Impressions

"25 from 0."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. It is easy to use and accurate enough. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. So I got these to try and I love them. This is essential for an accurate reading. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

  • Salifert Nitrate (No3) Test Kit
  • Premium liquid test kit for precise nitrate measurement in aquariums
  • Accurately detects Aquarium nitrate levels as low as 0.2 ppm
  • Dual range nitrate test kit for reef aquariums and fish-only aquariums
  • Precision nitrate test kit ideal for sensitive reef aquariums. Age range description: Adult
  • Manufacture: All Seas Marine Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The All Seas Marine SI021
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All Seas Marine SI021 Final Thoughts

"Great value, Speedy ship!"

The key is that you are looking for changes. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either.

Overall Score
4.6


(286 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
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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. Synbiotics Canine and Feline Pregnancy Test Kit (5 Tests)

User Ratings: 26 25

Synbiotics Canine and Feline Pregnancy Test Kit (5 First Impressions

"Let me explain."

I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips.

  • Synbiotics Canine and Feline Pregnancy Test Kit (5 Tests)
  • Early detection of planned or unplanned pregnancy
  • Detection of pregnancy before or after abortion treatment
  • Early detection of false pregnancy
  • Diagnose fetal resorption or spontaneous abortion
  • No refrigeration required
  • Manufacture: Synbiotics
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Synbiotics Canine and Feline Pregnancy Test Kit (5
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Synbiotics Canine and Feline Pregnancy Test Kit (5 Final Thoughts

"So they're measuring!"

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
3.0


(18 Points)

7. Zoetis 14535 Alphatrak II Test Strips 50's

User Ratings: 79 1

Zoetis 14535 First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. 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.

  • Zoetis 14535 Alphatrak II Test Strips 50's
  • Monitors your pet's blood glucose
  • Use the same accurate device that your veterinarian uses
  • Easy to use
  • Manufacture: Lambert Vet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.85 x 1.5 inches; 0.81 Ounces
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Zoetis 14535 Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it.

Overall Score
4.7


(484 Points)

8. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21460 Marine Care Program Ammonia Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 83

Red Sea 306025 First Impressions

"Good value."

My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. Some of the readings develop better than others.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21460 Marine Care Program Ammonia Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Marine care program ammonia test kit
  • It is an advanced colorimetric test
  • Measuring the total ammonia (Nh3/Nh4) in marine aquariums
  • Its accuracy of 0. 2 ppm; performs 100 tests
  • It range is 0-2 ppm
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 4.33 x 1.97 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306025
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Red Sea 306025 Final Thoughts

"To support my claim."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

Overall Score
4.8


(15 Points)

9. WQ105 WTR Quality Test Kit,

User Ratings: 38 22

ProLab WQ105 First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

  • WQ105 WTR Quality Test Kit,
  • Safe and easy to use
  • Reliable results instantly
  • Laboratory tested for accuracy
  • Allowing for up to 18 instant water tests
  • Manufacture: Pro-Lab
  • Part Number: WQ105
  • Material: Wood working kit
  • Item Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Size: Pack of 1
  • Color: Blue white black
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ProLab WQ105
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ProLab WQ105 Final Thoughts

"I know, I'm terrible."

This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. These are working very well for me. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
3.4


(101 Points)

10. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 79 3

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. This is essential for an accurate reading. These are working very well for me. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • 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
  • Magnesium pro test kit boasts a new level of convenience for reef aquarium hobbyists
  • Routine And Precise Measurement Of Aquarium Magnesium Levels Is Essential For Successful Coral Reef Aquariums
  • This Advanced Magnesium Titration Test Kit Encourages Proper Testing Skills With Ease-Of-Use
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 1.97 x 3.15 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 Final Thoughts

"Let me explain."

Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I like API products and find them the most accurate. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I have not had any problem whatsoever. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0.

Overall Score
4.6


(59 Points)

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