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. ATI ICP-OES Complete Saltwater Water Test Kit

User Ratings: 83 2

ATI 7048596 First Impressions

"Take the read."

These are working very well for me. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. The key is that you are looking for changes. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad.

  • ATI ICP-OES Complete Saltwater Water Test Kit
  • Includes a Prepaid Label to Ship your Water in
  • Includes Salinity and KH unlike competing test kits
  • Major elements: chloride, sodium, sulphur, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bromine, strontium and boron
  • Minor elements: aluminium, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, bismuth, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, iodine, lead, lithium, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, phosphorus, selenium, silicon, silver, thallium, tin, titanium, vanadium and zinc
  • Manufacture: ATI
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ATI 7048596 Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost.

Overall Score
4.7


(222 Points)

3. API Pondcare Master Liquid Test Kit

User Ratings: 78 2

API 164M First Impressions

"Perfect for quick checks."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Some of the readings develop better than others.

  • API Pondcare Master Liquid Test Kit
  • Contains one (1) API POND MASTER TEST KIT Pond Water Test Kit 500-Test, including 6 bottles of testing solution, 3 color cards and 4 glass test tubes with cap
  • Helps monitor water quality and prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish
  • Measures ornamental pond pH balance, Ammonia content, Nitrite levels and Phosphate content
  • Contains six test bottles, instructions, glass test tubes and color charts for 500+ tests
  • Use weekly for monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
  • Manufacture: API
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.2 x 3.7 inches; 1.1 Pounds
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API 164M Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. But it turns out that is not the case. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. I like API products and find them the most accurate. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use.

Overall Score
4.7


(1210 Points)

4. 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)

5. Red Sea MCP Phosphate (PO4) Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums, Packing may vary

User Ratings: 63

MCP 21480 First Impressions

"Simple and easy to use."

Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. It you take it to a local fish store. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect.

  • Red Sea MCP Phosphate (PO4) Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums, Packing may vary
  • Red Sea Phosphate Test Kit Includes 100 tests.
  • Measurement of Phosphate in your aquarium to an accuracy of 0. 1ppm PO4.
  • For Saltwater/Reef/Marine Aquariums Only.
  • Country of Origin: CHINA
  • Age Range Description: All Stages
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2.5 inches; 3.99 Ounces
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MCP 21480 Final Thoughts

"Great strips."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc.

Overall Score
4.2


(10 Points)

6. ULTIMATE 14-in-1 Aquarium Test Kit with Trace Heavy Metals | 50 Water Testing Strips for Fresh-Water...

User Ratings: 55 14

life2O 1530100012 First Impressions

"Two packages were inside."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

  • ULTIMATE 14-in-1 Aquarium Test Kit with Trace Heavy Metals | 50 Water Testing Strips for Fresh-Water or Salt-Water Aquarium, Fish-Tank, Reef & Pond | Alkalinity, pH, Nitrate, Carbonate Hardness & More
  • [PROFESSIONAL GRADE] Our Aquarium Dip-Stick Test Strips, with 99% High Accuracy Color Pads, Are a Rapid, Reliable & Cost Effective way to Perform Aquarium Maintenance | FREE e-Book Emailed with Your Purchase.
  • [TRACE HEAVY METALS] The Best Aquatic Life Water Tester PERIOD. The Only One That Measures Trace Heavy Metals & Low Range Fluoride Levels Which Are Hidden Parameters That Adversely Affect Marine, Coral & Plant Health.
  • [14 PARAMETERS] The Most Complete Aquarium Test Kit Available: Total Alkalinity, pH, General Total Hardness (GH), Carbonate Hardness (KH), Free Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Mercury, Lead, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Zinc & Fluoride
  • [ARE YOUR FISH SAFE?] Bad Water Quality Causes Fish Stress Which Leads to Death. Monitor Your Aquarium Now!
  • [EASY TO USE] Simple Instructions with Dip & Read Visual Results in 60 Seconds & Straightforward Color Chart.
  • Manufacture: life2O
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 5.5 inches
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life2O 1530100012 Final Thoughts

"After 2 weeks of 0-."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I like API products and find them the most accurate. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I have not found that to be true for myself. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious.

Overall Score
3.9


(237 Points)

7. SunGrow pH Test Strip Kit for Bettas and Aquariums, Easy to Use, Easy to Read, Works for pH Range 5....

User Ratings: 49 18

SunGrow First Impressions

"YES, it's accurate."

These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. I like API products and find them the most accurate. It does take some time though to actually get it done. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • SunGrow pH Test Strip Kit for Bettas and Aquariums, Easy to Use, Easy to Read, Works for pH Range 5.5-9.0, Quick Results, Ideal for Hydroponic Plants, 50 Strips
  • ✔ THE ONLY WAY TO “SEE” YOUR pH --- What is pH? You can’t taste it or see it but it’s vital for the health of your bettas, tetras, cichlids, and even your hydroponic plants. An aquarium or hydroponic set-up needs to have the correct pH for the fish and plants to not only thrive but to live. SunGrow test strips let you see this invisible but important quality of your water.
  • ✔ SAVE THE FISHES AND PLANTS --- Sea life, aquatic plants, and hydroponic plants all have specific pH needs. You’ll want to achieve that pH for your plants or pets. Unfortunately, pH can change even after you’ve established your tank. This is normal. That’s why SunGrow’s test strip kit contains 50 strips so you can keep your fish and plants happy for months, years, and generations!
  • ✔ SAVE TIME AND MONEY --- With SunGrow’s accurate test strips you can determine with certainty what adjustments you need to make or not make to keep your cherry shrimp, plecos, and angelfish happy, healthy, and thriving! Don’t waste money and risk your fish again guessing your water’s pH level when you can get our 50 test strips for quick, accurate readings.
  • ✔ EASY TO USE --- Simply sample your aquarium’s water with a spoon and dip one of our test strips in. Then remove and in 5-10 seconds the test strip will reveal your water’s pH. To read, match the test strip’s color to the included pH key. For best results, make sure the strip is completely submerged and let dry on a paper towel for reading.
  • ✔ EAT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES --- How does pH affect plant growth? Or the taste of chocolate chip cookies? SunGrow test strips are easy to use and read so they’re a great tool for giving your budding scientist confidence! So feed their curiosity and enjoy some chocolate chip cookies!
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"Strips work great!"

These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Some of the readings develop better than others. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0.

Overall Score
3.7


(135 Points)

8. SENEYE Reef Aquarium Monitor and Par Meter

User Ratings: 46 18

Seneye SEN000048 First Impressions

"Easy to read."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read.

  • SENEYE Reef Aquarium Monitor and Par Meter
  • Manufacture: Seneye
  • Product Dimensions: 7.87 x 5.91 x 1.97 inches; 8.11 Ounces
  • Batteries: 3 Product Specific batteries required.
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Seneye SEN000048 Final Thoughts

"This is a good item."

I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial.

Overall Score
3.6


(80 Points)

9. Hanna Instruments HI736 Phosphorus Ultra Low Range Checker HC for Saltwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 71 10

Hanna Instruments 1197H96EA First Impressions

"YES, it's accurate."

This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium.

  • Hanna Instruments HI736 Phosphorus Ultra Low Range Checker HC for Saltwater Aquariums
  • More accurate than chemical test kits, less expensive than professional testing
  • Accuracy of + or - 5% using an adaptation of Standard Method Ascorbic Acid
  • Single button operation for ease of use
  • Large LCD screen for readability
  • Auto shut-off to prolong battery life
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Part Number: 1197H96EA
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 0.704 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 50 inches
  • Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required.
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Hanna Instruments 1197H96EA Final Thoughts

"1 dKh difference."

If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. No issues so far, test strips work well. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
4.3


(92 Points)

10. Salifert Alkalinity Calcium Magnesium Combo Test Kit

User Ratings: 79 2

Salifert SALCORE First Impressions

"Easy to read."

I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Every test I do takes just a few drops. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. Some of the readings develop better than others. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

  • Salifert Alkalinity Calcium Magnesium Combo Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.1 x 4.2 inches; 15.2 Ounces
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Salifert SALCORE Final Thoughts

"With this is alot easier."

It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip.

Overall Score
4.6


(219 Points)

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