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
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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. 85mm Glass Test Tubes with Leak-Proof Screw Caps and Accurate 5 ml Marking, Set of 6, Ideal for Aqua...

User Ratings: 68 4

Tililly Concepts First Impressions

"I used API prior to this."

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. I have not found that to be true for myself. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. 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. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

  • 85mm Glass Test Tubes with Leak-Proof Screw Caps and Accurate 5 ml Marking, Set of 6, Ideal for Aquarium Water Tests, by Tililly Concepts
  • Set of 6 flat-bottomed glass test tubes with leak-proof screw caps - NO MORE SPILLS!
  • Customised for use as REPLACEMENT TEST TUBES for all aquarium water tests.
  • Accurate 5ml mark for aquarium water and sufficient additional capacity to hold API test solutions.
  • Made of borosilicate glass of 1mm wall thickness, 13 mm diameter.
  • Please note: rack is not included in this offer.
  • Manufacture: RSE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tililly Concepts
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Tililly Concepts Final Thoughts

"I know, I'm terrible."

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. This is essential for an accurate reading. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use.

Overall Score
4.4


(72 Points)

3. Red Sea Marine Test Kit Nitrate/Nitrite, 50/50 tests

User Ratings: 77

Red Sea Fish pHarm FBA_63321465 First Impressions

"So they're measuring!"

If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests.

  • Red Sea Marine Test Kit Nitrate/Nitrite, 50/50 tests
  • Marine care program nitrate/nitrite combi-test kit
  • Provides 50 nitrate plus 50 nitrite advanced colorimetric tests for marine aquariums
  • Its accuracy of 0.05 ppm or 2 ppm
  • Performs 50/50 tests
  • It range is 0-1 ppm or 0-250 ppm
  • Manufacture: Red Sea Fish Pharm
  • Product Dimensions: 4.75 x 3.25 x 2 inches; 5.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish pHarm FBA_63321465
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Red Sea Fish pHarm FBA_63321465 Final Thoughts

"Worked great."

It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that.

Overall Score
4.6


(23 Points)

4. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 79 3

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. This is essential for an accurate reading. These are working very well for me. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Magnesium Pro Test Kit Is An Advanced Titration Test
  • Measuring The Level Of Magnesium In Your Reef Aquarium To An Exceptionally High Accuracy Of 20 Ppm
  • Magnesium pro test kit boasts a new level of convenience for reef aquarium hobbyists
  • Routine And Precise Measurement Of Aquarium Magnesium Levels Is Essential For Successful Coral Reef Aquariums
  • This Advanced Magnesium Titration Test Kit Encourages Proper Testing Skills With Ease-Of-Use
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 1.97 x 3.15 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 Final Thoughts

"Let me explain."

Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I like API products and find them the most accurate. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I have not had any problem whatsoever. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0.

Overall Score
4.6


(59 Points)

5. API 3 Pack of Carbonate KH Test Kits for Fresh and Salt Water Aquariums

User Ratings: 74

API First Impressions

"Love the convenience."

So I got these to try and I love them. Always nice to get something extra! The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. I respect a company that backs their product. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums.

  • API 3 Pack of Carbonate KH Test Kits for Fresh and Salt Water Aquariums
  • Liquid test for fresh and saltwater
  • Helps detect stress on fish caused by rapid pH shifts, the result of low KH levels
  • Contains color chart, clear instructions and glass tube(s)
  • Pack of 3
  • Manufacture: API
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1.5 x 5.5 inches; 6.08 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API
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API Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. These are working very well for me. It you take it to a local fish store. You mostly find them using API also. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

Overall Score
4.6


(17 Points)

6. Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 Test

User Ratings: 80 5

Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. It does take some time though to actually get it done. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle.

  • Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 Test
  • Quickly measure the conentraion of Magnesium in marine water
  • Mg levels should be analyzed regularly
  • Test Kit contains sufficient reagents to perform approx. 55-60 separate tests within that range.
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 2.36 x 5.91 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Deepwater Aquatics AF01930
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Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 Final Thoughts

"My favorite brand!"

Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. This is essential for an accurate reading. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums.

Overall Score
4.6


(28 Points)

7. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Deepwater Aquatics AF01910
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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)

8. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Culligan TK-LEAD
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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)

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
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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


(103 Points)

10. Sera kH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 77 2

Sera 4210 First Impressions

"Pond water testing."

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. It you take it to a local fish store.

  • Sera kH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • In the case of too low KH values we recommend Sera KH/pH-plus (in freshwater) or sera pond bio balance (in ponds)
  • In the case of too high values we recommend filtering through Sera super peat (in freshwater aquariums)
  • Makes it easy to monitor the carbonate hardness in fresh and salt water
  • 15 Milliliter / 0.5 Ounce Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 1.41 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4210
  • Test Accuracy
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Sera 4210 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. No issues so far, test strips work well. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit.

Overall Score
4.7


(286 Points)

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