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. Culligan TK Lead water test kit, Clear

User Ratings: 27 31

Culligan TK-LEAD First Impressions

"Worked pretty well."

So I got these to try and I love them. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. It you take it to a local fish store. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well.

  • Culligan TK Lead water test kit, Clear
  • The test kit is specifically for Lead in drinking water
  • Works on Well or City Water.
  • Includes Culligan 1-800 Customer # for inquiries.
  • Detects lead in drinking water
  • Manufacture: Culligan
  • Part Number: TK-LEAD
  • Item Weight: 0.16 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches
  • Color: Clear
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Culligan TK-LEAD Final Thoughts

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

But it turns out that is not the case. Every test I do takes just a few drops. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost.

Overall Score
3.3


(4 Points)

3. Tetra 19543 1000Count EasyStrips 6-in-1 Test Strips

User Ratings: 55 45

Tetra 19543 First Impressions

"Love the convenience."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I respect a company that backs their product. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests.

  • Tetra 19543 1000Count EasyStrips 6-in-1 Test Strips
  • COMPLETE TESTING: Regularly testing your water levels is critical to the success of your aquarium.
  • CONVENIENT: Just dip into water, wait 60 seconds and read results.
  • VERSATILE: Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
  • USAGE: Use weekly to monitor aquarium water, after water changes or when adding new fish.
  • Manufacture: UPG Case Packs
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 4 x 4.13 inches; 1.9 Ounces
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Tetra 19543 Final Thoughts

"Thanks Seachem."

But it turns out that is not the case. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. 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. The test strips work as advertised. The price is great for all these essential tests! My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

Overall Score
3.2


(13 Points)

4. JNW Direct Pond Test Strips 7 in 1 - Test pH, Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Hardness and More, Accurat...

User Ratings: 63

JNW Direct First Impressions

"It's very easy to do."

It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. Every test I do takes just a few drops. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

  • JNW Direct Pond Test Strips 7 in 1 - Test pH, Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Hardness and More, Accurate Fish Pond Water Testing, Free App & Ebook Included, 50 Count
  • THE ULTIMATE AT HOME TESTING KIT for your pond. Tests for 7 parameters: Total Hardness, Free Chlorine, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, Total Alkalinity & KH / Carbonate
  • EXTREMELY EASY TO USE pond water test strips, Instant reliable results with simple and clear instructions. Simply dip and compare with large color chart on bottle. Ideal range marked on bottle
  • BONUS FREE MOBILE APP INCLUDED - Record, track and monitor your pond test strip results with ultimate accuracy. Available for IOS and Android
  • ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR FISH ARE HEALTHY, our fish test strips come with a great e-book explaining what your results mean and how you can keep your water in the perfect condition
  • 50 STRIPS MEANS 50 TESTS - Each testing strip provides accurate and fast results, making the process of checking your pond water chemistry so simple, quick and easy. Clean water = happy fish
  • Manufacture: JNW Direct
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JNW Direct Final Thoughts

"Like nuclear waste water."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

Overall Score
4.5


(16 Points)

5. API Test Strips, for Variety of Water Parameters, Monitor Aquarium Water Quality and Help Prevent In...

User Ratings: 74 3

API 33G First Impressions

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. You mostly find them using API also. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it.

  • API Test Strips, for Variety of Water Parameters, Monitor Aquarium Water Quality and Help Prevent Invisible Water Problems That can be Harmful to Fish, Use Weekly and When Problems Appear
  • Contains one (1) API 5-IN-1 TEST STRIPS Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Strips 25-Count Box
  • Monitors levels of pH, nitrite, nitrate carbonate and general water hardness in freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • Dip test strips into aquarium water and check colors for fast and accurate results
  • Helps prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and cause fish loss
  • Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
  • Manufacture: Mars Fishcare Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.75 x 6.5 inches; 3.36 Ounces
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API 33G Final Thoughts

"I disagree."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. 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. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

Overall Score
4.5


(6938 Points)

6. Premium Pack Freshwater Master Test Kit 800-Test Freshwater Aquarium Water master Test Kit

User Ratings: 82 8

goeasy0312 First Impressions

"Quick and easy use."

I have not had any problem whatsoever. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality.

  • Premium Pack Freshwater Master Test Kit 800-Test Freshwater Aquarium Water master Test Kit
  • Manufacture: China
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goeasy0312 Final Thoughts

"Thank you."

I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. But it is accurate and convenient as is. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(55 Points)

7. Seachem MultiTest Nitrite and Nitrate Test Kit

User Ratings: 51 6

Seachem 116096003 First Impressions

"Hope this was useful."

It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing.

  • Seachem MultiTest Nitrite and Nitrate Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • Fresh or saltwater use
  • Unique indicator
  • Measures nitrite to less than 0.1 mg/L and nitrate to less than 0.2 mg/L
  • Multi-cavity plate for simultaneous testing of up to 6 tests at the same time
  • Includes reference for test validation
  • Marine or freshwater
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.4 x 2.4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
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Seachem 116096003 Final Thoughts

"Pond water testing."

Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close.

Overall Score
4.1


(90 Points)

8. HI772-26 HI755-26 Alkalinity Checker Reagent (25 Tests) - Hanna Instruments

User Ratings: 84 1

Hanna Instruments First Impressions

"Thank you."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. So I got these to try and I love them. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading.

  • HI772-26 HI755-26 Alkalinity Checker Reagent (25 Tests) - Hanna Instruments
  • This reagent works with both the 755 & 772 Hanna checker. It may come with the tag 755-26 or 772-26, both reagents work with both checkers.
  • Pre-made reagents for ease of use. Prepared with high purity chemicals.
  • Marked with expiration date and lot number for traceability.
  • Small size and big convenience.
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Part Number: HI 772-26
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 2.39 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Hanna Instruments Final Thoughts

"Perfect for quick checks."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. The key is that you are looking for changes.

Overall Score
4.7


(107 Points)

9. PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit

User Ratings: 40 33

Pondcare 65L 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. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit
  • Fresh/saltwater Copper Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Pondcare
  • Item Weight: 2.11 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 7 inches
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Pondcare 65L Final Thoughts

"Helps keep my fish happy."

They quickly shipped me a new product. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The key is that you are looking for changes. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. The test strips work as advertised. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness.

Overall Score
3.2


(11 Points)

10. Advocate Pet Test Test Strips

PetTest First Impressions

"Also they leak."

These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

  • Advocate Pet Test Test Strips
  • Manufacture: PetTest
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PetTest Final Thoughts

"Used the same kit before."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

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