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. 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)

3. AquaCycle Large Aquaponics Fish-less Cycling Kit

User Ratings: 44

The Aquaponic Source ABAAS007 First Impressions

"Easy to use."

A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I like API products and find them the most accurate. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

  • AquaCycle Large Aquaponics Fish-less Cycling Kit
  • Establish nitrifying bacteria in your aquaponics system (a process called “cycling”) before adding fish
  • Powdered, soluble pure ammonia, powdered, soluble seaweed, and nitrifying bacteria are all included.
  • Detailed instructions of how the process works & how to fully cycle your system BEFORE adding fish.
  • Includes a Data Tracking Chart so you can follow your system's progress and spot problems early.
  • This kit has enough material to fully cycle systems with up to 500 gallons of water.
  • Manufacture: The Aquaponic Source
  • Item Weight: 3 pounds
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The Aquaponic Source ABAAS007 Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

Overall Score
3.9


(5 Points)

4. Seachem Stability Fish Tank Stabilizer - For Freshwater and Marine Aquariums 250ml

User Ratings: 85 2

Seachem 116012607 First Impressions

"He perked right up."

I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The price is great for all these essential tests! Overall, I am very happy with this kit. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out!

  • Seachem Stability Fish Tank Stabilizer - For Freshwater and Marine Aquariums 250ml
  • TANK STABILIZATION: Seachem Stability will rapidly and safely establish the aquarium biofilter in freshwater and marine systems, thereby preventing the #1 cause of fish death: "new tank syndrome".
  • TREATMENT: Stability is formulated specifically for the aquarium and contains a synergistic blend of aerobic, anaerobic, and facultative bacteria which facilitate the breakdown of waste organics, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate.
  • BACTERIA GROWTH: The necessary conditions for the growth of Stability's bacterial strains encompass a very broad range. When other bacteria begin to die off (usually from high organic loads caused by the unknown death of an organism), Stability simply becomes more effective.
  • USE: Shake Seachem Stability well before use and turn off UV/ozone filter. Use 1 capful (5 mL) for each 40 L (10 US gallons) on the first day with a new aquarium. Then use 1 capful for each 80 L (20 US gallons) daily for 7 days. Fish and other aquatic species may be introduced at any time as long as the dosage is maintained for 7 days.
  • SAFE: The bacteria employed by Stability are non-sulfur fixing and will not produce toxic hydrogen sulfide. Stability is completely harmless to all aquatic organisms as well as aquatic plants, thus there is no danger of overuse.
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Item Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 1.2 inches
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Seachem 116012607 Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
4.7


(1018 Points)

5. 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)

6. Aquaforest Phosphate PO4 Test Kit

Aquaforest First Impressions

"Nice product."

Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds.

  • Aquaforest Phosphate PO4 Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Aquaforest
  • Item Weight: 1.32 Pounds
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Aquaforest Final Thoughts

"It is very easy to use."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

7. 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)

8. 85mm Glass Test Tubes with Leak-Proof Screw Caps and Accurate 5 ml Marking, Set of 6, Ideal for Aqua...

User Ratings: 68 4

Tililly Concepts First Impressions

"I used API prior to this."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I have not found that to be true for myself. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

  • 85mm Glass Test Tubes with Leak-Proof Screw Caps and Accurate 5 ml Marking, Set of 6, Ideal for Aquarium Water Tests, by Tililly Concepts
  • Set of 6 flat-bottomed glass test tubes with leak-proof screw caps - NO MORE SPILLS!
  • Customised for use as REPLACEMENT TEST TUBES for all aquarium water tests.
  • Accurate 5ml mark for aquarium water and sufficient additional capacity to hold API test solutions.
  • Made of borosilicate glass of 1mm wall thickness, 13 mm diameter.
  • Please note: rack is not included in this offer.
  • Manufacture: RSE
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Tililly Concepts Final Thoughts

"I know, I'm terrible."

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. This is essential for an accurate reading. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use.

Overall Score
4.4


(72 Points)

9. NICREW Hanging Kit for HyperReef Aquarium Reef Light

NICREW First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • NICREW Hanging Kit for HyperReef Aquarium Reef Light
  • Hanging kit for HyperReef series lights
  • Manufacture: NICREW
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NICREW Final Thoughts

"Was good for 3 years."

6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. But after last night these are a must have for me.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

10. OEM TOOLS 27266 Master Compression Test Kit, 1 Pack

User Ratings: 56

OEM TOOLS 27266 First Impressions

"Worked great."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet.

  • OEM TOOLS 27266 Master Compression Test Kit, 1 Pack
  • Includes (1) 2-1/2" Gauge with Dual Scale 0-300 Psi and 0-20 Bar and (1) 1-1/2" Gauge with Single Scale 0-200 Psi and 10" Extension with Quick Connect and Protective Boot
  • M14 Hoses: (1) Short Thread and (1) Long Thread
  • M18 Hose with Short Threads
  • M10, M12 and M18 Solid Adapters
  • Extra O-Rings and Valve Cores
  • Manufacture: OEMTOOLS
  • Item Weight: 4.15 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 14.7 x 2.2 inches
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OEM TOOLS 27266 Final Thoughts

"I kid you not."

32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Quantity of strips seems very good. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. I have not found that to be true for myself. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
4.6


(2 Points)

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