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 [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

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

[star rating="4.6"]
(41 Points)

2. VetMate Dogs & Cats Diabetes Test Strips - 50 Count Strips Compatible with VetMate Diabetes Testing ...

User Ratings: 68 6

VetMate First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. I have not had any problem whatsoever. The price is great for all these essential tests! Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read.

  • VetMate Dogs & Cats Diabetes Test Strips - 50 Count Strips Compatible with VetMate Diabetes Testing Kit
  • [OPTIMAL FOR DOGS/CATS DIABETES MANAGEMENT] - VetMate Blood Glucose Test Strips are perfect for diabetes management for Dogs and Cats.
  • [TECHNOLOGY] - It only required 0.4 MICRO-LITER blood samples. With state-of-the-art technology, it can use both venous blood and capillary blood samples.
  • [RELIABILITY] - VetMate technology guarantees accurate and precise measurement every time.
  • [TRUSTED AND PROVEN] - VetMate Diabetes Tests Strips undergo rigorous quality control and assurance checks before released from the factory. You can trust its performance and accuracy.
  • [COMPATIBILITY] - VetMate Blood Glucose Test Strips will ONLY work with VetMate Glucose Meter.
  • Manufacture: i-SENS, Inc.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VetMate
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

VetMate Final Thoughts

"Arrived with no damage."

About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. First and second test have a little change which was expected. The test strips work as advertised. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. The key is that you are looking for changes.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(25 Points)

3. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19544
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

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

[star rating="4.5"]
(680 Points)

4. ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Four Sample Kit

User Ratings: 65

ICP Analysis First Impressions

"I used API prior to this."

It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. So I got these to try and I love them. Always nice to get something extra! I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. Always nice to get something extra! It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on.

  • ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Four Sample Kit
  • 4 Water Sample Kit - Enough Supplies to Test 4 Water 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ICP Analysis
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

ICP Analysis Final Thoughts

"Thanks Seachem."

It is easy to use and accurate enough. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. They quickly shipped me a new product. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(4 Points)

5. 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 [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

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

[star rating="3.8"]
(120 Points)

6. Freshwater Hardnss Test Kit

User Ratings: 74 3

Mars Fishcare North Amer First Impressions

"1 dKh difference."

Overall, I am very happy with this kit. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read.

  • Freshwater Hardnss Test Kit
  • Tests tap water and freshwater aquariums for general hardness (gh) and carbonate hardness (kh).
  • Helps detect stress on fish caused by rapid ph shifts, which result from low kh levels and helps aquarists duplicate the nat.
  • All items are brand new, never worn and never used. We guarantee the authenticity of all items.
  • Manufacture: Mars Fishcare North America
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 4 inches; 4.16 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Mars Fishcare North Amer
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Mars Fishcare North Amer Final Thoughts

"Strips work great!"

But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(76 Points)

7. Acid Test Kit

User Ratings: 37 20

E.C. Kraus QL-MCNE-JWA1 First Impressions

"These strips are great."

But it turns out that is not the case. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Acid Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Home Brew Ohio
  • Editor's Impressions Of The E.C. Kraus QL-MCNE-JWA1
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='2.6']
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

E.C. Kraus QL-MCNE-JWA1 Final Thoughts

"3 and not 0."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. It you take it to a local fish store. They quickly shipped me a new product. But after last night these are a must have for me. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(31 Points)

8. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21405 Saltwater Calcium Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests

User Ratings: 79 3

Red Sea 306009 First Impressions

"I know, I'm terrible."

The price is great for all these essential tests! It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. It you take it to a local fish store. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21405 Saltwater Calcium Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 5.59842519685039 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 5 Inches
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 3.09842519685039 Inches
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.51 x 3.15 inches; 13.62 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306009
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Red Sea 306009 Final Thoughts

"A great kit!"

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well!

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(30 Points)

9. Nutrafin Master Test Kit, Contains 10 Test Parameters

User Ratings: 63 12

Nutrafin A7860 First Impressions

"Great test kit."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

  • Nutrafin Master Test Kit, Contains 10 Test Parameters
  • Master Test Kit; Ensures your fish are living a proper environment
  • Includes all Hagen test kits including ammonia, pH, calcium, phosphate, iron, nitrite, nitrate, KH and GH
  • Easy-to-read color charts are included
  • For fresh and saltwater aquariums; Full instructions for each test
  • Packed in a solid, durable case that holds everything; Acts as an excellent working area
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 13 x 14 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nutrafin A7860
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3']

Nutrafin A7860 Final Thoughts

"It's worth it."

If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. 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. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(103 Points)

10. AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 50 Count

User Ratings: 83 2

Zoetis 14535 First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. First and second test have a little change which was expected.

  • AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 50 Count
  • No Fabric
  • Made in USA
  • Fifty (50) test strips in one box
  • Use with device to monitor your pet's blood glucose
  • Easy to use
  • Manufacture: Abbott Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.85 x 1.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoetis 14535
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Zoetis 14535 Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(2489 Points)

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