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. Tetra EasyStrips 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips for Fresh/Salt Water

User Ratings: 78 2

Tetra 19543 First Impressions

"00 becomes 40."

Every test I do takes just a few drops. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Tetra EasyStrips 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips for Fresh/Salt Water
  • COMPLETE TESTING Regularly testing your water levels is critical to the success of your aquarium
  • 6 DIFFERENT TESTS WITH 1 STRIP Just one test monitors 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
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.81 x 1.81 x 3.75 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19543
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 19543 Final Thoughts

"So read the instructions."

If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Every test I do takes just a few drops. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

Overall Score
4.6


(3788 Points)

3. Sera pH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 72 3

Sera 4310 First Impressions

"I love this test kit."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish.

  • Sera pH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • Makes it easy to monitor the pH value in fresh and marine water and ponds
  • Package Dimensions: 13.8 L x 4.2H x9.2W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.24 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4310
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4310 Final Thoughts

"These are just easier."

If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I have not had any problem whatsoever. This is essential for an accurate reading. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. So I got these to try and I love them.

Overall Score
4.5


(321 Points)

4. Ailinda CO2 Drop Checker Glass Aquarium Monitor CO2 Indicator for Planted Fish Tank

User Ratings: 68 9

Ailinda First Impressions

"Great strips."

I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

  • Ailinda CO2 Drop Checker Glass Aquarium Monitor CO2 Indicator for Planted Fish Tank
  • Material: Made of high quality glass, which is non-toxic, safe and durable.
  • The color is transparent and easy to be observed. It is used to monitor the level of CO2 in the aquarium, so that you can replace the water in time. Can keep the CO2 levels in your tank consistently by checking it regularly.
  • Widely applications: Suitable for fish farming tanks, aquariums, aquatic plants and aquaculture, etc. Monitoring CO2 levels in your planted aquarium is very important for the health of your plants and fish.
  • Make sure your test kit is clean. Drop the carbon dioxide indicator (not included) into the glass CO2 monitor and hang the inlet towards the inside of the aquarium. Wait for about two hours to know the result.
  • Apply to: Fish tank, aquarium, especially aquatic plants, tropical fish to watch and cultivate for fish tank. Monitor to be installed below the water surface about 10cm, it is recommended not to install too far from the refiner.
  • Manufacture: Ailinda
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ailinda
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Ailinda Final Thoughts

"Exactly as pictured."

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. I have not had any problem whatsoever. The key is that you are looking for changes. They quickly shipped me a new product.

Overall Score
4.3


(26 Points)

5. WQ105 WTR Quality Test Kit,

User Ratings: 38 22

ProLab WQ105 First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

  • WQ105 WTR Quality Test Kit,
  • Safe and easy to use
  • Reliable results instantly
  • Laboratory tested for accuracy
  • Allowing for up to 18 instant water tests
  • Manufacture: Pro-Lab
  • Part Number: WQ105
  • Material: Wood working kit
  • Item Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Size: Pack of 1
  • Color: Blue white black
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ProLab WQ105
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

ProLab WQ105 Final Thoughts

"I know, I'm terrible."

This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. These are working very well for me. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
3.4


(101 Points)

6. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

7. 7 in 1 Count Aquarium Test Strips,100 Strips, Accurate Total Hardness, Chlorine, Bromine, Cyanuric A...

User Ratings: 72 2

TOOU First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. They quickly shipped me a new product. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

  • 7 in 1 Count Aquarium Test Strips,100 Strips, Accurate Total Hardness, Chlorine, Bromine, Cyanuric Acid, Alkalinity and pH Testing, for Fresh Water and Salt Water
  • AFFORDABLE 7 IN 1 TESTING KIT:These tests for essentials including Total Hardness, Free Chlorine, Bromine, Total Chlorine, Cyanuric Acid, Total Alkalinity and pH levels to give you an accurate reading of water conditions. Each strip tests for all results which are easy to read.
  • FAST AND ACCURATE : Just dip a strip into water for 2 seconds and then remove it. Hold the strip horizontally for 60 seconds. Compare with color chart and read within 60 seconds.
  • VALIDITY PERIOD : Store at 2℃~30℃ in a dry place and avoid light (2℃~8℃ is better) And the validity period is 24 months.
  • GREAT VALUE : Each bottle comes with 100 test strips – that’s about enough to test your waters twice a week for a full year.
  • REAL SERVICE : When you purchase, You can relax knowing you have a dedicated team of real people ready to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Manufacture: Bernice Toby
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TOOU
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

TOOU Final Thoughts

"Was working great."

The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. No issues so far, test strips work well. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site.

Overall Score
4.5


(789 Points)

8. Osumex Bacteria Test kit for Water

Osumex First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. It does take some time though to actually get it done. I respect a company that backs their product. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. So off to buy some sponge filters I went!

  • Osumex Bacteria Test kit for Water
  • Test water for the presence of coliform bacteria
  • Easy to use with results in 48 hours after start of test
  • Purple indicates a negative result while yellow indicates a positive result
  • If test is positive, water is not safe to consume and may have to be treated prior
  • This test is a screening test only and cannot be used as a definitive result for the safety of the water for consumption
  • Manufacture: Osumex
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 0.98 x 6.3 inches; 0.53 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Osumex
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Osumex Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. Sera Phosphate-Test (PO4) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 72 4

Sera 4930 First Impressions

"Great strips."

But it turns out that is not the case. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I have not had any problem whatsoever. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The price is great for all these essential tests! And if it was, please click on the helpful button below.

  • Sera Phosphate-Test (PO4) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums as well as ponds
  • Very accurate
  • Easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.89 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4930
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4930 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. They quickly shipped me a new product. I have not found that to be true for myself. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products.

Overall Score
4.4


(133 Points)

10. Salifert Boron Test Kit

User Ratings: 55

Salifert First Impressions

"Let me explain."

But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. It does take some time though to actually get it done. 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. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read.

  • Salifert Boron Test Kit
  • Boron is very important in marine environments. Too low a concentration can slow down the growth of
  • Concentration in natural sea water is relatively low, between 4.4 mg/L and 4.8 mg/L.
  • Monthly boron testing is therefore advisable.
  • The Salifert Boron Profi-Test kit measures the level of naturally occurring boron in steps of 0.5 mg
  • Sufficient for up to 25 tests.
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.3 x 2 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Salifert Final Thoughts

"With this is alot easier."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff.

Overall Score
4.5


(3 Points)

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