Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Brightwell Aquatics Aquarium Test Kits

1. Brightwell Aquatics CoralAmino - Amino Acid Complex for Coral Coloration & Growth

User Ratings: 75 3

Brightwell Aquatics COA60 First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

No one brand is going to guarantee against this. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. It does take some time though to actually get it done. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit.

  • Brightwell Aquatics CoralAmino - Amino Acid Complex for Coral Coloration & Growth
  • Widely used by professional coral farmers to increase growth rate and coloration.
  • Beneficial to all corals, as well as solitary and colonial polyps.
  • Encourages formation of new tissue and repairs damaged tissue during fragmentation and propagation.
  • Encourages growth by budding and fission.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Brightwell Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1 x 3 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Brightwell Aquatics COA60
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Brightwell Aquatics COA60 Final Thoughts

"These are great!"

This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. The key is that you are looking for changes. No issues so far, test strips work well. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. This is essential for an accurate reading.

Overall Score
4.6


(41 Points)

2. Seachem MultiTest Iron Test Kit

User Ratings: 51 12

Seachem 116096805 First Impressions

"However, it is not."

And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip.

  • Seachem MultiTest Iron Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • Fresh or saltwater use
  • Unique indicator
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.3 x 2.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116096805
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Seachem 116096805 Final Thoughts

"These are great!"

I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. These are working very well for me. They quickly shipped me a new product.

Overall Score
3.8


(120 Points)

3. NYOS Calcium (CA) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 48 6

NYOS First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. So I got these to try and I love them. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

  • NYOS Calcium (CA) 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: 5 x 4 x 2 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NYOS
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NYOS Final Thoughts

"+1-800-526-0650."

It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip.

Overall Score
4.1


(14 Points)

4. Salifert AMPT Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 73 4

Salifert AMPT First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. I have not found that to be true for myself. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium.

  • Salifert AMPT Ammonia Test Kit
  • Fast, easy, and accurate
  • Kit includes test vial, measuring syringe, and reagent
  • Approximately 50 tests per kit
  • Top choice of Aquarium Professionals worldwide
  • Made in holland
  • Manufacture: RPDFE
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 3.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert AMPT
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Salifert AMPT Final Thoughts

"00 becomes 40."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters.

Overall Score
4.5


(153 Points)

5. Tetra Pond 19542 Test Strips 6N1 25Pk

User Ratings: 80 4

Tetra Pond 19542 First Impressions

"Just sayin'."

But it is accurate and convenient as is. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use.

  • Tetra Pond 19542 Test Strips 6N1 25Pk
  • Indicates nitrate
  • nitrite
  • general hardness
  • alkalinity
  • and pH levels
  • Item Weight: 1.44 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra Pond 19542
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
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Tetra Pond 19542 Final Thoughts

"Was good for 3 years."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I have not found that to be true for myself. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips.

Overall Score
4.6


(69 Points)

6. Red Sea Marine Care Program Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 81

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. First Impressions

"Thanks Red Sea."

Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. 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. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well!

  • Red Sea Marine Care Program Ammonia Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd.
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. Final Thoughts

"Pond water testing."

This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense.

Overall Score
4.6


(5 Points)

7. Aquarium Choice Aquarium Coral Fish Tank auto top Off Water Filler Controller System,Aquarium Automa...

User Ratings: 81

Aquarium Choice First Impressions

"Great test kit."

Every test I do takes just a few drops. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. They quickly shipped me a new product. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it.

  • Aquarium Choice Aquarium Coral Fish Tank auto top Off Water Filler Controller System,Aquarium Automatic Adding Water Level Controller System Siphon Principle
  • Aquarium Choice Auto Aquarium Water Level Filler Controller,Coral Marine aquarium auto top off system, Aquarium Automatic Adding Water Product Designed According Siphon Principle
  • How to install the aquarium water level controller to different thickness tank glass?The fish tank water level controller product contains four tank glass inserts which are (1).3-4mm tank glass insert (2)5-6mm tank glass insert (3)8mm tank glass insert (4)Noise reduction device (5)1 mm self-adhesive path.Choose different tank glass insert to fit different size tank and the aquarium auto top off system product without tank glass insert can fit 10mm thickness tank glass.
  • How to use this fish tank auto top off product?There is one USA bottle connector and one water supply base.Please connect the USA bottle connector to the water supply base and then find a carbonated Drink Plastic Bottle to connect it to the USA bottle connector(The USA bottle connector can fit most of popular carbonated bottle in USA)
  • How to use this product to keep adding water to the fish tank longer?It depends on how big the water bottle you use to connect to the water supply base and also depends on how many units product you use on your tank.In order to keep adding water to your tank,you can choose bigger water supply bottle or you can order more units to be able to install more units water bottle on your tank.
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Choice
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Choice
  • Test Accuracy
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Aquarium Choice Final Thoughts

"These are great!"

But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. You mostly find them using API also. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy.

Overall Score
4.6


(7 Points)

8. Sera 50 Piece Quick Test

User Ratings: 70 1

Sera 4960 First Impressions

"Best strips ever."

Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. It does take some time though to actually get it done. So I got these to try and I love them. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Sera 50 Piece Quick Test
  • Quick water testing
  • Check 5 water parameters within 1 minute
  • PH, kH, gH, NO3, NO2
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.18 x 1.18 x 4.33 inches; 1.12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4960
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4960 Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage.

Overall Score
4.5


(385 Points)

9. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JNW Direct
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
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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)

10. NYOS Phosphate (PO4) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 55

NYOS First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

It you take it to a local fish store. Every test I do takes just a few drops. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet.

  • NYOS Phosphate (PO4) 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.
  • Measurement Range: 0.025–1.0 mg/l PO4
  • Reagents are made in Germany in accordance with EN ISO 9001, AAS and NIST standards.
  • Made in Germany
  • Manufacture: NYOS
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 2 inches; 5.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NYOS
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NYOS Final Thoughts

"Love the convenience."

Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. 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. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it.

Overall Score
4.3


(21 Points)

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