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
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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


(613 Points)

2. 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
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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


(153 Points)

3. 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
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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)

4. Qguai 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Water Test Strips for Saltwater Freshwater Pond Pool Spa, Test pH...

User Ratings: 50 16

Qguai First Impressions

"These are great!"

It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. But it turns out that is not the case.

  • Qguai 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Water Test Strips for Saltwater Freshwater Pond Pool Spa, Test pH, Nitrate, Nitrite, Carbonate, Chlorine, Alkalinity, Hardness, Fast and Accurate,50-Strips
  • 9 in 1 Aquarium Test strips -pH, Nitrate, Nitrite, Carbonate, Chlorine, Alkalinity, Iron, Copper,Hardness in salt water fresh water pond reef aquarium, 50 count in 1 bottle.
  • Extremely easy to use test strips - Simply dip this freshwater saltwater test strips into water and compare it to the chart on bottle.convenient and get results in seconds.
  • Wide application -it can be used to test the levels of all sorts of products such as pond pool saltwater freshwater aquarium.
  • Validity period: Placed it dry at 2 C ~ 30 C to protect from light, and the validity period is 24 months. Pls notice the date on the bottle and the label is the production date, Lot: 2019082006 means it is produced on 08/20/2019, batch 6, so the expiratios date is 2 years after this day.
  • Any problem, just contact us and we will do our best to help.
  • Manufacture: Qguai
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Qguai Final Thoughts

"Love the convenience."

Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect.

Overall Score
3.8


(746 Points)

5. Stanaway Water Quality Test Meter PH Meter TDS Aquarium 4 in 1, 0-9990ppm, Ideal Water Test Meter fo...

User Ratings: 58 12

Stanaway First Impressions

"They work for me."

I like API products and find them the most accurate. The key is that you are looking for changes. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. I have not found that to be true for myself. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use.

  • Stanaway Water Quality Test Meter PH Meter TDS Aquarium 4 in 1, 0-9990ppm, Ideal Water Test Meter for Drinking Water, Aquariums, etc
  • 【Compact Design】TDS meter can test TDS, EC, and temperature(NO PH), just turn TDS meter on and stir water gently, it will be displayed on the screen in ppm (parts per million)
  • 【4 in 1, TDS Meter Upgrade】TDS Value Alarm Setting is the special features for our TDS Meter Upgrade, Any numeric value of N*10 can be set. When the numerical exceeds the set numerically, the backlight automatically turns red
  • 【Digital Easy-to-Read LCD Screen, Auto Hold and Turn Off】The reading result will be auto-locked on LCD in seconds. To safe the power supply, the water tester will shut down automatically after 2 minutes stand by
  • 【Wide Applications】Great tool for drinking water, water filtration, and purification, hydroponics (test your nutrients), aquariums, RO/DI systems, pools and spas, and more
  • 【What you will get? 】30-DAY Full Money Refund guarantee, 12-month warranty + 100% authentic, Excellent customer service
  • 1 x TDS Meter
  • 1 x Carrying case
  • 1 x User's manual
  • Manufacture: Stanaway
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 0.6 inches; 1.76 Ounces
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Stanaway Final Thoughts

"These are great!"

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense.

Overall Score
3.9


(89 Points)

6. SunGrow Betta pH Test Strips, 3.5 Inches, Ensure for Fish and Invertebrates, Just Dip and Read, Must...

User Ratings: 61 10

SunGrow pH Test Strips-01 First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included.

  • SunGrow Betta pH Test Strips, 3.5 Inches, Ensure for Fish and Invertebrates, Just Dip and Read, Must-Have Aquarium Item, 100 Pieces
  • KEEP TANK PH LEVELS SAFE — Test your aquarium water to make sure it isn't too alkaline for your fish. Tropical fish like Tetra, Betta, Barb, Catfish, Bichir and Corydoras like pH in range of 6.5 to 7. A tank with higher pH may cause freshwater fish to be irritable or even fall ill. Ensure your tank’s pH is correct with the test strips. In case it pH is higher, use SunGrow Mini catappa leaves to lower the pH.
  • QUICK & EASY — Just take a bit of your tank water, dip one SunGrow pH Test Strip in it and shake off any excess water. Make sure both coloured sections are covered with water. Wait for two seconds until the coloured sections change, then compare it to the colour scale for your results. It’s a must-have item to start your very own home aquarium laboratory kit.
  • MULTIPLE USES — SunGrow pH Test Strips are suitable for resting a very wide range of products, including Soaps, aquarium water, drinking water, fruits and fruit juice, milk, oven cleaner, aquarium solutions, tea, soft drinks, urine, vinegar and bleach.
  • Manufacture: SunGrow
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SunGrow pH Test Strips-01 Final Thoughts

"Would buy again for sure!"

Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. This is essential for an accurate reading. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates.

Overall Score
4.1


(85 Points)

7. Sera Magnesium-Test (Mg) 15 Ml, 0.5 fl.oz Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 19 25

Sera 4714 First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH.

  • Sera Magnesium-Test (Mg) 15 Ml, 0.5 fl.oz Aquarium Test Kits
  • Country Of Origin : Germany
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 5.51 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 1.57 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 3.54 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 3.68 Ounces
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Sera 4714 Final Thoughts

"I love this test kit."

I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. These are working very well for me. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

Overall Score
3.0


(9 Points)

8. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21460 Marine Care Program Ammonia Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 83

Red Sea 306025 First Impressions

"Good value."

My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. Some of the readings develop better than others.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21460 Marine Care Program Ammonia Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Marine care program ammonia test kit
  • It is an advanced colorimetric test
  • Measuring the total ammonia (Nh3/Nh4) in marine aquariums
  • Its accuracy of 0. 2 ppm; performs 100 tests
  • It range is 0-2 ppm
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 4.33 x 1.97 inches; 4 Ounces
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Red Sea 306025 Final Thoughts

"To support my claim."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

Overall Score
4.8


(15 Points)

9. AZOO PH Test Kit

User Ratings: 90

Azoo AZ24001 First Impressions

"Would buy again for sure!"

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Always nice to get something extra! The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Every test I do takes just a few drops. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good.

  • AZOO PH Test Kit
  • For Freshwater, Saltwater and Pond
  • Includes a Sample Vial, Color Comparison Chart
  • Easy to Use
  • For Freshwater, Saltwater and Pond
  • Easy to Use
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 3.75 x 2 x 1 inches; 0.96 Ounces
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Azoo AZ24001 Final Thoughts

"Nice product."

Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. So I got these to try and I love them. The price is great for all these essential tests! Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. You mostly find them using API also. These are working very well for me.

Overall Score
4.9


(10 Points)

10. All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Copper Profi

User Ratings: 38 31

All Seas Marine Inc SI009 First Impressions

"Easy to use."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. I don't know so much about how precise these are. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

  • All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Copper Profi
  • Copper is often used as a treatment for parasite infested fish and it is essential that the correct
  • Tap water can also be naturally high in copper and it is therefore advisable to test for this on a regular basis.
  • The Salifert test kit offers a very sensitive and accurate test for measuring dissolved or weakly chelated copper with a pH of 7.5–9
  • Lasts for several copper cures or provides sufficient for up to 50 tests on tap or aquarium water as a routine check
  • Can be used for marine, fresh and garden pond water. Strongly chelated copper will only be partly or not at all detected. Keep out of reach of children. Not for consumption.
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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All Seas Marine Inc SI009 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. But it is accurate and convenient as is. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
3.3


(7 Points)

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