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. Sera Chlorine-Test (Cl) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 66 12

Sera 4810 First Impressions

"Thank you."

If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. So I got these to try and I love them. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. It is easy to use and accurate enough. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. Always nice to get something extra!

  • Sera Chlorine-Test (Cl) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums as well as ponds
  • Very accurate
  • Easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 1.76 Ounces
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Sera 4810 Final Thoughts

"Thanks Red Sea."

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I respect a company that backs their product. I don't know so much about how precise these are. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

Overall Score
4.1


(38 Points)

3. Sera pH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 72 3

Sera 4310 First Impressions

"I love this test kit."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish.

  • Sera pH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • Makes it easy to monitor the pH value in fresh and marine water and ponds
  • Package Dimensions: 13.8 L x 4.2H x9.2W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.24 Ounces
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Sera 4310 Final Thoughts

"These are just easier."

If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I have not had any problem whatsoever. This is essential for an accurate reading. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. So I got these to try and I love them.

Overall Score
4.5


(321 Points)

4. 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)

5. 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)

6. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21515 Saltwater Reef Color Pro Multi Test Kit for Aquarium

User Ratings: 78 6

Red Sea 306028 First Impressions

"I don't know."

This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. It is easy to use and accurate enough. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. No issues so far, test strips work well. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. But it is accurate and convenient as is. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21515 Saltwater Reef Color Pro Multi Test Kit for Aquarium
  • age range description: All Life Stages
  • material type: cotton
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.51 x 6.69 x 3.15 inches; 1 Pounds
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Red Sea 306028 Final Thoughts

"It's worth it."

The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I have not found that to be true for myself. The key is that you are looking for changes.

Overall Score
4.6


(57 Points)

7. 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)

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. API 5 in 1 Test Strips Water Conditioner for Aquariums, 4 Count by API

User Ratings: 34

API First Impressions

"Fast result."

The test strips work as advertised. This is essential for an accurate reading. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • API 5 in 1 Test Strips Water Conditioner for Aquariums, 4 Count by API
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
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API Final Thoughts

"Great test kit!"

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle.

Overall Score
4.0


(3 Points)

10. 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)

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