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
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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. Salifert Nitrate Test Kit

User Ratings: 76 3

Salifert 8714079130385 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. Quantity of strips seems very good. I respect a company that backs their product. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. But it is accurate and convenient as is.

  • Salifert Nitrate Test Kit
  • The nitrate test kit provides fast and precise nitrate measurements
  • The nitrate test kit can perform up to 60 tests
  • The nitrate test kit comes with reagents analytic, grade glass vials, and a calorimetric comparator
  • Package Dimensions: 12.8 L x 10.6 W x 4.6 H (cm)
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 2.08 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130385
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Salifert 8714079130385 Final Thoughts

"That's all."

Quantity of strips seems very good. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. First and second test have a little change which was expected. They quickly shipped me a new product. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain.

Overall Score
4.6


(177 Points)

3. SMASAMDE 5-in-1 Water Quality Test Strip Test Aquarium Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, PH, Test Fish ...

User Ratings: 38

SMASAMDE First Impressions

"Super easy to use."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. No issues so far, test strips work well. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it.

  • SMASAMDE 5-in-1 Water Quality Test Strip Test Aquarium Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, PH, Test Fish Tank Swimming Pool Drinking Water Test Strip
  • Health: Test strips are Suitable for drinking water, aquarium, fish tank, swimming pool and SPA, industrial water, pond, hot spring water testing.
  • 5-in-1 Water Test: Total Chlorine Free, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness, water quick test, provides results in a matter of seconds
  • Easy to use: Dip the drinking water test paper into the water for 2 seconds, hold it in the air for about 15s, then reading the color board
  • Easy to carry: 50 pieces, water quality should be tested weekly, drinking water test strips are easy to handle even for beginners.
  • Manufacture: SMASAMDE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SMASAMDE
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SMASAMDE Final Thoughts

"I used API prior to this."

My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. These are working very well for me. But it is accurate and convenient as is. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters.

Overall Score
4.1


(3 Points)

4. Red Sea Marine Care Program Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 81

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. First Impressions

"Great magnesium test kit."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

  • Red Sea Marine Care Program Ammonia Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd.
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. Final Thoughts

"Helps keep my fish happy."

First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. It is easy to use and accurate enough. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Quantity of strips seems very good. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use.

Overall Score
4.6


(5 Points)

5. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21455 Marine Care Program pH/Alkalinity Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 63

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306024 First Impressions

"Love the convenience."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. They quickly shipped me a new product. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21455 Marine Care Program pH/Alkalinity Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Marine care program ph. /alkalinity test kit
  • Includes an accurate titration test for KH and a colorimetric test for pH for monitoring
  • These essential parameters in all marine aquariums
  • Its accuracy of 0. 2 ppm; performs 100 tests
  • It range is 7. 6ppm-8. 6ppm
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1.97 x 0.79 x 1.18 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306024
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306024 Final Thoughts

"This is my water."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. But after last night these are a must have for me. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy.

Overall Score
4.3


(23 Points)

6. Elos Aqua Test Kit - Calcium

User Ratings: 63 37

Elos USA First Impressions

"Love the convenience."

This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests.

  • Elos Aqua Test Kit - Calcium
  • High quality system: one powder reagent and two liquids!
  • Standard sensibility: 25 ppm of Calcium ions.
  • NIST validation: each batch is validated using NIST (National Institute of Standard and Technology)
  • "C" reagent available as separate sales unit.
  • High number of test per kit: up to 40-50 test depending on Ca level.
  • Manufacture: Elos USA
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.2 x 3.3 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Elos USA
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Elos USA Final Thoughts

"I love this test kit."

These are working very well for me. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I don't know so much about how precise these are. They quickly shipped me a new product.

Overall Score
3.5


(5 Points)

7. RUNBO 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips - NO STOCK

User Ratings: 71 4

RUNBO First Impressions

"Fast result."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. But it is accurate and convenient as is. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

  • RUNBO 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips - NO STOCK
  • PLEASE NOTICE: All RUNBO test strips from Morusstudio(It used to be called SHOPBESTCOLLETION) is fake
  • The real look of RUNBO test strips, please see as picture.
  • The Standard Specification of RUNBO test strips is 50 in the bottle, 50 in a refill bag
  • Manufacture: RUNBO
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 2.17 x 2.17 inches; 2.08 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The RUNBO
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RUNBO Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. But it is accurate and convenient as is. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
4.5


(913 Points)

8. NYOS Carbonate Hardness (KH/ALK) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 57 27

NYOS First Impressions

"Arrived with no damage."

I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! First and second test have a little change which was expected. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2.

  • NYOS Carbonate Hardness (KH/ALK) 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
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NYOS Final Thoughts

"My favorite brand!"

If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

Overall Score
3.6


(7 Points)

9. VetMate Dogs/Cats Diabetes Management Starter KIT - Pet Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit, Calibrated for...

User Ratings: 50

VetMate First Impressions

"These are just easier."

Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. I have not had any problem whatsoever. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on.

  • VetMate Dogs/Cats Diabetes Management Starter KIT - Pet Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit, Calibrated for Dogs and Cats - 10 Test Strips, 1 Lancing Device, 10 Lancets
  • [OPTIMAL FOR DOGS/CATS DIABETES MANAGEMENT] - The VetMate Blood Glucose Meter is perfect for those who want to quickly, easily, and accurately monitor their dogs' and cats' blood glucose level for their diabetes.
  • [CALIBRATED FOR DOGS AND CATS] - The VetMate Blood Glucose Monitoring System is specifically calibrated for Dogs and Cats, providing accurate and precise blood glucose levels.
  • [READY TO TEST] - The Starter Kit has everything you need to start testing instantly. It includes the VetMate Blood Glucose Testing Meter, 10 Test Strips, 10 Lancets, 1 Lancing Device, 2 Batteries, Control Solution and a Carrying Case
  • [THEY DESERVE THE SAME] - Human Glucose Monitors evolve everyday. And our Dogs and Cats friends deserve the same technology advantage. VetMate requires No Code Chips, built with negative LCD screen for better reading. It also has STRIP EJECTOR, which strips can be easily and cleanly discarded.
  • [FOR VETERINARIAN AND FOR YOU] - VetMate Diabetes Testing Kit can used by veterinarians AND by you! With the same meter, you can measure their glucose level with venous blood and capillary blood samples, truly creating no-barriers between you and your vet specialists.
  • Manufacture: i-SENS, Inc.
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VetMate
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VetMate Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. So off to buy some sponge filters I went!

Overall Score
3.5


(2 Points)

10. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 33G
  • Test Accuracy
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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)

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