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. Hanna Instruments HI758 Marine Calcium Checker Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 76 5

Hanna Instruments HI 758 First Impressions

"Thank you."

This is essential for an accurate reading. Some of the readings develop better than others. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes.

  • Hanna Instruments HI758 Marine Calcium Checker Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums
  • Easier to use and more accurate than chemical test kits, less expensive than professional testing
  • Accuracy +/-6 % of reading at 25 degree C / 77 degree F
  • Large LCD screen for readability
  • Auto shut-off to extend battery life
  • Operated by a single AAA battery
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4 x 2 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required.
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Hanna Instruments HI 758 Final Thoughts

"Using this meter is easy."

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. The test strips work as advertised. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. You mostly find them using API also. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I like API products and find them the most accurate.

Overall Score
4.5


(261 Points)

3. 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
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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)

4. NYOS Phosphate (PO4) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 55

NYOS First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

It you take it to a local fish store. Every test I do takes just a few drops. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet.

  • NYOS Phosphate (PO4) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit
  • 50 Tests - NYOS REEFER test kits allows you to achieve precise and most importantly reproducible (i.e. in repeat measurements identical) measuring results.
  • Measurement Range: 0.025–1.0 mg/l PO4
  • Reagents are made in Germany in accordance with EN ISO 9001, AAS and NIST standards.
  • Made in Germany
  • Manufacture: NYOS
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 2 inches; 5.6 Ounces
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NYOS Final Thoughts

"Love the convenience."

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. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it.

Overall Score
4.3


(21 Points)

5. 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
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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


(4 Points)

6. Eyourlife Test Strips Kit Ph Kh Gh Nitrate Nitrite Aquarium Fish Tank 6 in 1

Eyourlife First Impressions

"After 2 weeks of 0-."

Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. The key is that you are looking for changes. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • Eyourlife Test Strips Kit Ph Kh Gh Nitrate Nitrite Aquarium Fish Tank 6 in 1
  • Ensure that your water is healthy and free from nitrates by using this water test Kit. pH Level, GH, Nitrite, Nitrate, Chlorine, Alkalinity/KH
  • Each of these strips tests 6 different parameters at once, saving you time
  • They help you maintain the quality of your water by providing you with information more quickly than a liquid test would
  • This is ideal for checking on water acidity, pH stability, and poisonous nitrogen compounds after a tank has already been installed
  • You can choose in A box of 50/100
  • Manufacture: Eyourlife
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Eyourlife Final Thoughts

"Worked pretty well."

They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

7. Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 Test

User Ratings: 80 5

Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. It does take some time though to actually get it done. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle.

  • Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 Test
  • Quickly measure the conentraion of Magnesium in marine water
  • Mg levels should be analyzed regularly
  • Test Kit contains sufficient reagents to perform approx. 55-60 separate tests within that range.
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 2.36 x 5.91 inches; 6.4 Ounces
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Deepwater Aquatics AF01930 Final Thoughts

"My favorite brand!"

Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. This is essential for an accurate reading. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums.

Overall Score
4.6


(28 Points)

8. API TEST KIT, Different styles available, Monitors water quality and helps prevent invisible problem...

User Ratings: 77 3

API LR8600 First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

Some of the readings develop better than others. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement.

  • API TEST KIT, Different styles available, Monitors water quality and helps prevent invisible problems that can be harmful to fish, Fast, easy and accurate, Use weekly and when problems appear
  • Contains one (1) API AMMONIA 130-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Water Test Kit, including 2 bottles of testing solution, 2 color cards and 1 glass test tube with cap
  • Monitors water quality and prevents invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish
  • Monitors water quality and prevents invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish
  • Works instantly to make aquarium water safe for fish
  • Dose several times a week when starting a new aquarium then weekly or when problem arise
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 2.75 x 1.63 x 5.13 inches; 4.8 Ounces
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API LR8600 Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Quantity of strips seems very good. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. So I got these to try and I love them. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. The test strips work as advertised.

Overall Score
4.6


(4238 Points)

9. Salifert Nitrate Test Kit

User Ratings: 76 3

Salifert 8714079130385 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. Quantity of strips seems very good. I respect a company that backs their product. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. But it is accurate and convenient as is.

  • Salifert Nitrate Test Kit
  • The nitrate test kit provides fast and precise nitrate measurements
  • The nitrate test kit can perform up to 60 tests
  • The nitrate test kit comes with reagents analytic, grade glass vials, and a calorimetric comparator
  • Package Dimensions: 12.8 L x 10.6 W x 4.6 H (cm)
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 2.08 Ounces
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Salifert 8714079130385 Final Thoughts

"That's all."

Quantity of strips seems very good. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. First and second test have a little change which was expected. They quickly shipped me a new product. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain.

Overall Score
4.6


(177 Points)

10. NYOS Nitrate (NO3) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 73 3

NYOS First Impressions

"Great test kit!"

Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

  • NYOS Nitrate (NO3) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit
  • 50 Tests - NYOS REEFER test kits allows you to achieve precise and most importantly reproducible (i.e. in repeat measurements identical) measuring results.
  • Measurement Range: 1 – 160 mg/l NO3
  • reagents are made in Germany in accordance with EN ISO 9001, AAS and NIST standards.
  • Made in Germany
  • Manufacture: NYOS
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 4 inches; 3.21 Ounces
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NYOS Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I have some pretty lousy water where I live. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I like API products and find them the most accurate.

Overall Score
4.5


(141 Points)

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