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. Advocate Blood Kit PetTest - Pet Glucose Monitoring System

User Ratings: 75 8

Advocate First Impressions

"See my attached photos."

No issues so far, test strips work well. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle.

  • Advocate Blood Kit PetTest - Pet Glucose Monitoring System
  • Kit Monitoring Glucose Levels Calibrated for Dogs and Cats
  • One-Button Switch Between Dogs & Cats
  • Smallest Sample Size Needed (0.3µL)
  • Test Results in Five (5) Seconds, Extremely Easy to Use
  • Kit Includes: 1 PetTest Blood Glucose Meter. 25 Test Strips. 25 Lancets. 1 Carrying Case. 1 Control Solution. 1 Lancing Device. 2 Batteries AAA. 1 PetTest Owner's Manual. 1 PetTest Quick Reference Guide. 1 PetTest DVD.
  • Manufacture: Advocate
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 4.9 x 6.6 inches; 9.59 Ounces
  • Batteries: 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Advocate
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Advocate Final Thoughts

"Was working great."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. Every test I do takes just a few drops. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Some of the readings develop better than others.

Overall Score
4.5


(20 Points)

3. Red Sea MCP Phosphate (PO4) Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums, Packing may vary

User Ratings: 63

MCP 21480 First Impressions

"Simple and easy to use."

Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. It you take it to a local fish store. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect.

  • Red Sea MCP Phosphate (PO4) Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums, Packing may vary
  • Red Sea Phosphate Test Kit Includes 100 tests.
  • Measurement of Phosphate in your aquarium to an accuracy of 0. 1ppm PO4.
  • For Saltwater/Reef/Marine Aquariums Only.
  • Country of Origin: CHINA
  • Age Range Description: All Stages
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2.5 inches; 3.99 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MCP 21480
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MCP 21480 Final Thoughts

"Great strips."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc.

Overall Score
4.2


(10 Points)

4. PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit

User Ratings: 40 33

Pondcare 65L 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. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit
  • Fresh/saltwater Copper Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Pondcare
  • Item Weight: 2.11 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 7 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pondcare 65L
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pondcare 65L Final Thoughts

"Helps keep my fish happy."

They quickly shipped me a new product. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The key is that you are looking for changes. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. The test strips work as advertised. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness.

Overall Score
3.2


(11 Points)

5. Sera gH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 80 2

Sera 4110 First Impressions

"Happy tank!"

I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. It is easy to use and accurate enough. I have not found that to be true for myself. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. I like API products and find them the most accurate. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit.

  • Sera gH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Makes it easy to monitor the total hardness
  • Very accurate
  • Easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 1.12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4110
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4110 Final Thoughts

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. But after last night these are a must have for me.

Overall Score
4.7


(253 Points)

6. AquaticHI Aquarium Refractometer for Saltwater/Brackish/Marine/Reef Tank Testing, Automatic Temperat...

User Ratings: 74 4

AquaticHI First Impressions

"This is my water."

I respect a company that backs their product. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. The key is that you are looking for changes. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. I have not found that to be true for myself.

  • AquaticHI Aquarium Refractometer for Saltwater/Brackish/Marine/Reef Tank Testing, Automatic Temperature Control, Salinity (0-100ppt) and Specific Gravity (1.000-1.070)
  • ⭐️ DUAL SCALE REFRACTOMETER: Measures in Salinity 0 - 100ppt and Specific Gravity 1.000 - 1.070
  • ⭐️ IDEAL APPLICATIONS: Aquariums, Marine Monitoring, Agricultural, Gardening & Educational Purposes (Biology Projects)
  • ⭐️ AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION (ATC): Automated to provide accurate measurements even with temperature fluctuations
  • ⭐️ AFFORDABLE high quality while providing ⭐️ PROFESSIONAL testing equipment standards, accurate even at low salt levels
  • ⭐️ STANDARD PACKAGE INCLUDES: 1 Refractometer, 1 Hard Carrying Case, 1 Calibrating Screw Driver, 1 Pippet, 1 Cleaning Clothe, 1 Instruction Manual
  • Manufacture: Center Optoelectronics Technology Company Limited
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaticHI
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaticHI Final Thoughts

"Strips work great!"

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. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It is easy to use and accurate enough. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe.

Overall Score
4.5


(101 Points)

7. Aquaforest Nitrate NO3 Test Kit

Aquaforest 55~65 Testes First Impressions

", is that a 6, 6."

The test strips work as advertised. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well.

  • Aquaforest Nitrate NO3 Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Aquaforest
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 1.97 x 5.91 inches; 6.74 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquaforest 55~65 Testes
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aquaforest 55~65 Testes Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. The test strips work as advertised.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

8. 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
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

9. 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)

10. Aquarium Supplies CO2 Indicator All Angle View- Drop Checker Long Term Monitor Test Real time Kits

User Ratings: 56 20

Aquarium Supplies I690 ISTA全方位CO2長期監測器 First Impressions

"Pond water testing."

Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I have not had any problem whatsoever. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness.

  • Aquarium Supplies CO2 Indicator All Angle View- Drop Checker Long Term Monitor Test Real time Kits
  • Allow you to monitor the CO2 level in your tank from any angle.
  • With smart design to prevent any chance of spill of the indicator solution.
  • Reusable color chart sticker provides convenience in location change of the sticker.
  • Manufacture: ISTA
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 4 x 1.8 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Supplies I690 ISTA全方位CO2長期監測器
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aquarium Supplies I690 ISTA全方位CO2長期監測器 Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. 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. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality.

Overall Score
4.0


(5 Points)

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