Editor's Choice - Our Favorite capetsma Aquarium Test Kits

1. capetsma 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Best Kit for Water Quality Testing for Freshwater Saltwater Po...

User Ratings: 50 16

capetsma First Impressions

"Just sayin'."

These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems.

  • capetsma 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Best Kit for Water Quality Testing for Freshwater Saltwater Pool and Pond - Test pH, Nitrate, Nitrite, Carbonate, Hardness, Chlorine, Alkalinity, Iron, Copper
  • 9 TESTS IN 1 COMPLETE KIT - Contains 1 capetsma 9-IN-1 TEST STRIPS Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Strips 50-Count in sealed Box. Monitors levels of pH ✓ Nitrate ✓ Nitrite✓ Carbonate ✓ General Hardness ( TDS ) ✓ Free Chlorine ✓ Total Alkalinity ✓ Iron ✓ Copper.
  • EASY & FAST RESULTS - Simply dip a strip into liquid and compare it to chart. Quickly get test results in seconds, No private laboratory testing or mail-in analysis required.
  • HELP MAINTAIN HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT IN YOUR TANK - prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and aquarium plants, Weekly test the water if water or fish problems appear, monitor your fish tank(aquarium), ensure your fishes to grow happier and healthier. Also it can help test the levels of all sorts of products such as drinking water, pools, spas, laundry, dishwasher, urine and more.
  • EXPIRATION DATE: 2C ~ 30C dry place and keep away from light, valid for 24 months. Pls notice the production date is on the label, below the color chart, LOT: 2019061401 means it is the first batch on 06/14/2019.
  • Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
  • Manufacture: Capetsma
  • Product Dimensions: 2.09 x 2.09 x 4.72 inches; 2.26 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The capetsma
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

capetsma Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

Overall Score
3.8

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

2. Milliard Aquarium Test Strips / 7 in 1/100 Count/for Fresh Water and Salt Water Tanks

User Ratings: 71

Milliard MIL-AQM-A First Impressions

"A great kit!"

I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. It is easy to use and accurate enough. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. No issues so far, test strips work well.

  • Milliard Aquarium Test Strips / 7 in 1/100 Count/for Fresh Water and Salt Water Tanks
  • HEALTHY WATERS – keep your fish healthy and safe with Milliard’s test strips. With the distinct, no bleed color pads, our test strips will tell you all you need to know about the chemicals in your freshwater or saltwater fish tank.
  • 7 WAY TESTING – each strip accurately tests for PH, Nitrite, Total Alkalinity, Hardness, Carbonate, Free Chlorine & Nitrate. Plus, every bottle comes with a comprehension card to help you understand your testing results.
  • QUICK AND EASY – with 3 easy steps, clear instructions, and results within 60 seconds, Milliard’s test strips are the easiest way to help you maintain a healthy tank.
  • 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 Milliard, 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: Milliard
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Milliard MIL-AQM-A
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Milliard MIL-AQM-A Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. But after last night these are a must have for me. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

Overall Score
4.6

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

3. 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)

4. Sera CO2-Start Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 50 8

Sera 8039 First Impressions

"Quick and easy use."

They quickly shipped me a new product. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. These are working very well for me. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Sera CO2-Start Aquarium Test Kits
  • Country Of Origin : Germany
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 6.5 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 2.36 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 3.94 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 3.94 x 6.5 inches; 2.08 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 8039
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Sera 8039 Final Thoughts

"Thank you."

Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. But it turns out that is not the case. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0.

Overall Score
4.0

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

5. Seachem Reef Status Calcium Test Kit

User Ratings: 32 13

Seachem 116092005 First Impressions

"Arrived with no damage."

A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. I respect a company that backs their product. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate.

  • Seachem Reef Status Calcium Test Kit
  • 150 test
  • For saltwater use only
  • Unique indicator
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 5.8 x 3.6 inches; 1.05 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116092005
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Seachem 116092005 Final Thoughts

"Easy to read."

I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. They quickly shipped me a new product. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it.

Overall Score
3.5

[star rating="3.5"]
(10 Points)

6. 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 [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

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

7. Hanna Instruments Saltwater Nitrate Low Range Checker HC - HI781

User Ratings: 53 18

Hanna Instruments First Impressions

"I love this test kit."

I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • Hanna Instruments Saltwater Nitrate Low Range Checker HC - HI781
  • More accurate than chemical test kits.
  • Built-in timer so you don't miss a step.
  • No errors with a digital readout
  • Ideal for aquariums and marine biology applications
  • For samples containing 5-50 ppm nitrate, follow the dilution procedure
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Hanna Instruments Final Thoughts

"Nice product."

Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. It you take it to a local fish store. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(17 Points)

8. Salifert AMPT Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 73 4

Salifert AMPT First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. I have not found that to be true for myself. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium.

  • Salifert AMPT Ammonia Test Kit
  • Fast, easy, and accurate
  • Kit includes test vial, measuring syringe, and reagent
  • Approximately 50 tests per kit
  • Top choice of Aquarium Professionals worldwide
  • Made in holland
  • Manufacture: RPDFE
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 3.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert AMPT
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Salifert AMPT Final Thoughts

"00 becomes 40."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters.

Overall Score
4.5

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

9. 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 [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

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

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

10. Hanna Instruments HI736 Phosphorus Ultra Low Range Checker HC for Saltwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 71 10

Hanna Instruments 1197H96EA First Impressions

"YES, it's accurate."

This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium.

  • Hanna Instruments HI736 Phosphorus Ultra Low Range Checker HC for Saltwater Aquariums
  • More accurate than chemical test kits, less expensive than professional testing
  • Accuracy of + or - 5% using an adaptation of Standard Method Ascorbic Acid
  • Single button operation for ease of use
  • Large LCD screen for readability
  • Auto shut-off to prolong battery life
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Part Number: 1197H96EA
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 0.704 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 50 inches
  • Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required.
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments 1197H96EA
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Hanna Instruments 1197H96EA Final Thoughts

"1 dKh difference."

If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. No issues so far, test strips work well. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
4.3

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

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