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. 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)

3. Sera Nitrate-Test (No3) 15 Ml, 0.5 fl.oz Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 71 8

Sera 4510 First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

They quickly shipped me a new product. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

  • Sera Nitrate-Test (No3) 15 Ml, 0.5 fl.oz Aquarium Test Kits
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums as well as ponds
  • Package Dimensions: 13.6 L x 4.2H x9W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 4.16 Ounces
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Sera 4510 Final Thoughts

"Thank you!"

This is essential for an accurate reading. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. The test strips work as advertised. The price is great for all these essential tests! My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well!

Overall Score
4.4


(267 Points)

4. Mastitis Milk Cowside Home Test Indicators, Box of 30 Indicator Cards

User Ratings: 73 4

H W Naylor MI First Impressions

"I really enjoy this kit."

Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

  • Mastitis Milk Cowside Home Test Indicators, Box of 30 Indicator Cards
  • Mastitis indicators are safe and simple colormetric cow-side tests for mastitic milk, designed to test the milk from the corresponding quarter of the cows udder
  • A color-change blotter card reveals flakes and clots, and also tests for abnormally alkaline milk, all of which point to a mastitis infection
  • The depth of color is usually in direct proportion to the degree of mastitis infection
  • Many cases of mastitis in the early stages can be successfully treated. For the determination of curable cases and a course of treatment, consult a veterinarian
  • Unused testers should be kept in a clean, dry place away from light and stable odors
  • Manufacture: H W NAYLOR
  • Part Number: MI
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 1 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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H W Naylor MI Final Thoughts

"These strips are great."

But after last night these are a must have for me. These are working very well for me. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff.

Overall Score
4.5


(50 Points)

5. AlphaTRAK 2 Pet Blood Glucose test strips Dogs Cats diabetes 50ct

User Ratings: 87 1

AlphaTRAK First Impressions

"So read the instructions."

They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

  • AlphaTRAK 2 Pet Blood Glucose test strips Dogs Cats diabetes 50ct
  • blood glucose test strip
  • Manufacture: Alphatrak
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AlphaTRAK Final Thoughts

"A little tip."

You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. It does take some time though to actually get it done. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. So I got these to try and I love them. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

Overall Score
4.8


(441 Points)

6. 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
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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


(262 Points)

7. Salifert RTKA Potassium Test Kit

User Ratings: 81 6

Salifert RTKA First Impressions

"Worth the money."

The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

  • Salifert RTKA Potassium Test Kit
  • Fast, easy, and accurate
  • Measures potassium from concentrations of 250 ppm to 470 ppm
  • Sufficient for up to 40 tests
  • For marine use only
  • Made in Holland
  • Manufacture: Royal Aquatic LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 0.35 Ounces
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Salifert RTKA Final Thoughts

"These strips are 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. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. It you take it to a local fish store.

Overall Score
4.6


(40 Points)

8. 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)

9. Advocate Pet Test Blood Glucose Monitoring System for Dogs/Cats PT-100

User Ratings: 59 11

Advocate PHA00602 First Impressions

"This kit is amazing."

Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

  • Advocate Pet Test Blood Glucose Monitoring System for Dogs/Cats PT-100
  • 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 - No Coding Required - Accurate & Precise Results
  • Manufacture: Rufas & Coco (Quest Products)
  • Product Dimensions: 2.37 x 3.55 x 5.52 inches; 7.04 Ounces
  • Batteries: 2 AA batteries required. (included)
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Advocate PHA00602 Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

Always nice to get something extra! These are working very well for me. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. No issues so far, test strips work well. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

Overall Score
4.0


(339 Points)

10. API Freshwater Master Test Kit

API First Impressions

"Easy to use."

Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

  • API Freshwater Master Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 6 x 5 inches; 2.4 Pounds
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API Final Thoughts

"Happy tank!"

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial.

Overall Score
5.0


(10 Points)

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