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. Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitor (3 Pack)

User Ratings: 72 10

Seachem 10 First Impressions

"Great strips."

This is essential for an accurate reading. It is easy to use and accurate enough. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds.

  • Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitor (3 Pack)
  • 3 Pack of Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitors
  • Lasts Over A Year
  • Small And Unobtrusive
  • No water sampling
  • No Chemicals
  • Manufacture: Seachem
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 1 x 3.3 inches; 0.63 Ounces
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Seachem 10 Final Thoughts

"Worth the money."

6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I have not found that to be true for myself. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
4.3


(120 Points)

3. Elos Aqua Test Kit - Phosphate

User Ratings: 21 19

Elos USA First Impressions

"That's all."

The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. You mostly find them using API also. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. It you take it to a local fish store. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

  • Elos Aqua Test Kit - Phosphate
  • Easy reading: ?RealColor? technology.
  • High precision: thanks to the use of calibrated droppers
  • NIST validation: each batch of elos reagents is validated using NIST (National Institute of Standard
  • "Safe reagents": reagents and testing procedures are based on Low Risk Reagents. None of our test ki
  • Manufacture: Elos USA
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.2 x 3.3 inches; 2.4 Ounces
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Elos USA Final Thoughts

"Worked great."

I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. It is easy to use and accurate enough. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. The test strips work as advertised.

Overall Score
3.5


(4 Points)

4. Ecological Labs Carbonate Alkalinity KH Test Kit

User Ratings: 62 9

Ecological Labs TESTKH First Impressions

"Easy to use."

I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Some of the readings develop better than others. No issues so far, test strips work well.

  • Ecological Labs Carbonate Alkalinity KH Test Kit
  • Uses oxygen power to break down unsightly debris
  • It is especially helpful on streams and waterfalls
  • It oxidizes and detoxifies to help prevent pond odors
  • Manufacture: BFG Supply
  • Item Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
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Ecological Labs TESTKH Final Thoughts

"It's very easy to do."

Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

Overall Score
4.2


(14 Points)

5. Deepwater Aquatics AF01910 Test

User Ratings: 69

Deepwater Aquatics AF01910 First Impressions

"Two packages were inside."

I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. Quantity of strips seems very good.

  • Deepwater Aquatics AF01910 Test
  • Quickly measure the conentraion of Calcium in marine water
  • Recommended Calcium level should be maintained in the range between 400-450 mg/l (ppm)
  • Test Kit contains sufficient reagents to perform approx. 55-60 separate tests within that range.
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 5.12 x 1.97 inches; 6.4 Ounces
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Deepwater Aquatics AF01910 Final Thoughts

"And I will."

Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. I like API products and find them the most accurate. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
4.7


(12 Points)

6. Tetra EasyStrips Complete Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 73 4

Tetra 19544 First Impressions

"Would buy again for sure!"

But after last night these are a must have for me. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use.

  • Tetra EasyStrips Complete Aquarium Test Kit
  • ALL-IN-ONE TESTING KIT: Everything you need to test your aquarium water.
  • 7 DIFFERENT TESTS WITH 1 STRIP: Just one test monitors ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, water hardness, chlorine, alkalinity and pH levels.
  • VERSATILE: Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
  • CONVENIENT: Just dip into water, wait 60 seconds and read results.
  • USAGE: Use weekly to monitor aquarium water, after water changes or when adding new fish.
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 1.13 inches; 2.4 Ounces
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Tetra 19544 Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. I like API products and find them the most accurate. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH.

Overall Score
4.5


(680 Points)

7. Industrial Test Systems eXact iDip Photometer 486107-AQ-K 570 Aquarium Starter Kit

User Ratings: 38 42

Exact 486107-AQ-K First Impressions

"After 2 weeks of 0-."

Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. They quickly shipped me a new product. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I have some pretty lousy water where I live.

  • Industrial Test Systems eXact iDip Photometer 486107-AQ-K 570 Aquarium Starter Kit
  • Standard navy blue plastic carrying case w/ Foam including 1 Bottle 25 of each: pH II, Nitrate, Total Alkalinity, Ammonia, Total Hardness HR, & Phosphate (METER INCLUDED)
  • Built for water quality testing aquariums, ponds, andwater features
  • 2-way wireless communication with an iPhone, iPad
  • Manufacture: Industrial Test Systems, Inc.
  • Part Number: 486107-AQ-K
  • Item Weight: 1.95 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 5 x 10 inches
  • Batteries: 4 AAA batteries required.
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: Yes
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Exact 486107-AQ-K Final Thoughts

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

Overall Score
3.1


(6 Points)

8. Sera Copper-Test (Cu) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 60 7

Sera 4710 First Impressions

"Hope this was useful."

If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I mean some people would never do a water test at all. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips.

  • Sera Copper-Test (Cu) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Country Of Origin : Germany
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 5.51 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 1.57 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 3.54 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.08 Ounces
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Sera 4710 Final Thoughts

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. The test strips work as advertised. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips.

Overall Score
4.2


(36 Points)

9. NYOS Magnesium (MG) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 58 3

NYOS WT-MGR First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

Every test I do takes just a few drops. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. But after last night these are a must have for me.

  • NYOS Magnesium (MG) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit
  • 50 Tests - NYOS REEFER test kits allows you to achieve precise and most importantly reproducible (i.e. in repeat measurements identical) measuring results.
  • Reagents are made in Germany in accordance with EN ISO 9001, AAS and NIST standards.
  • Made in Germany
  • Manufacture: NYOS
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 4 inches; 0.8 Ounces
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NYOS WT-MGR Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff.

Overall Score
4.2


(49 Points)

10. ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Two Sample Kit …

User Ratings: 61

ICP Analysis First Impressions

"Let me explain."

And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. These are working very well for me. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. It is easy to use and accurate enough. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost.

  • ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Two Sample Kit …
  • 2 Water Sample Kit - Enough to Test 2 Samples.
  • ICP Test results are emailed directly to you 24 hours after the water sample is received!
  • Water Testing for 33 Differnt Elements
  • Works with Saltwater and Freshwater - It is beneficial to test your drinking water to insure that chemicals, metals or other harmful elements are not ingested by your family or pets.
  • Manufacture: ICP Analysis
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ICP Analysis Final Thoughts

"I love this test kit."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. No issues so far, test strips work well.

Overall Score
4.3


(5 Points)

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