Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fluval Aquarium Test Kits

1. Fluval CO2 Indicator Kit

User Ratings: 61 7

Fluval A7551 First Impressions

"Bought the 100 Count."

And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. I don't know so much about how precise these are. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button!

  • Fluval CO2 Indicator Kit
  • Monitors levels of CO2 in aquariums
  • Provides accurate dosing of CO2
  • Ensures fish and plants live in a healthy environment
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 4 x 5.5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A7551
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
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Fluval A7551 Final Thoughts

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

Overall Score
4.2


(175 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert AMPT
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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. CO2 TEST KIT 702305

CO2 First Impressions

"My favorite brand!"

Some of the readings develop better than others. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews.

  • CO2 TEST KIT 702305
  • Manufacture: CO2
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CO2
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CO2 Final Thoughts

"Like nuclear waste water."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Some of the readings develop better than others. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. No issues so far, test strips work well. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

4. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 79 3

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. This is essential for an accurate reading. These are working very well for me. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Magnesium Pro Test Kit Is An Advanced Titration Test
  • Measuring The Level Of Magnesium In Your Reef Aquarium To An Exceptionally High Accuracy Of 20 Ppm
  • Magnesium pro test kit boasts a new level of convenience for reef aquarium hobbyists
  • Routine And Precise Measurement Of Aquarium Magnesium Levels Is Essential For Successful Coral Reef Aquariums
  • This Advanced Magnesium Titration Test Kit Encourages Proper Testing Skills With Ease-Of-Use
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 1.97 x 3.15 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 Final Thoughts

"Let me explain."

Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I like API products and find them the most accurate. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I have not had any problem whatsoever. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0.

Overall Score
4.6


(59 Points)

5. High Range Ph Test Kit

User Ratings: 51

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals First Impressions

"With this is alot easier."

First and second test have a little change which was expected. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. 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. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious.

  • High Range Ph Test Kit
  • Contains 2 API HIGH RANGE PH TEST KIT 160-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Water Test Kit, including 1 bottle of testing solution, 1 color card and 1 glass test tube with cap
  • Helps monitor pH and prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and cause fish loss
  • Accurately reads pH range 7.4 - 8.8, ideal for Goldfish, Marine, and African Cichlids.
  • Because different geographies have different tap water conditions, and different fish need different pH levels to be healthy, API helps measure pH levels & detect pH fluctuation caused by fish waste, uneaten food and addition of tap water.
  • Pack of 2
  • Manufacture: API
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1.5 x 5 inches; 5.12 Ounces
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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Final Thoughts

"Thanks Red Sea."

Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. It you take it to a local fish store. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

Overall Score
4.0


(2 Points)

6. Sera kH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 77 2

Sera 4210 First Impressions

"Pond water testing."

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. It you take it to a local fish store.

  • Sera kH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • In the case of too low KH values we recommend Sera KH/pH-plus (in freshwater) or sera pond bio balance (in ponds)
  • In the case of too high values we recommend filtering through Sera super peat (in freshwater aquariums)
  • Makes it easy to monitor the carbonate hardness in fresh and salt water
  • 15 Milliliter / 0.5 Ounce Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 1.41 Ounces
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Sera 4210 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. No issues so far, test strips work well. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit.

Overall Score
4.7


(286 Points)

7. Hanna Instruments HIREEF Reef Professional Checker Kit V2 HI 772 - HI 758 - HI 774 - HI 98319 - HI 7...

User Ratings: 70

Hanna Instruments First Impressions

"Fast result."

It you take it to a local fish store. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes.

  • Hanna Instruments HIREEF Reef Professional Checker Kit V2 HI 772 - HI 758 - HI 774 - HI 98319 - HI 70436M from wwG Store
  • Digital equipment for accurate results!
  • Complete kit includes everything you need, so you can start testing today.
  • Specifically chosen for use in saltwater reef aquariums!
  • Provides quick and accurate results.
  • Small size, big convenience Ideal for: Aquariums, Environmental, Aquaculture, Water Quality.
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments
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Hanna Instruments Final Thoughts

"Using this meter is easy."

Always nice to get something extra! Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests.

Overall Score
4.7


(13 Points)

8. SMASAMDE 5-in-1 Water Quality Test Strip Test Aquarium Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, PH, Test Fish ...

User Ratings: 38

SMASAMDE First Impressions

"Super easy to use."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. No issues so far, test strips work well. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it.

  • SMASAMDE 5-in-1 Water Quality Test Strip Test Aquarium Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, PH, Test Fish Tank Swimming Pool Drinking Water Test Strip
  • Health: Test strips are Suitable for drinking water, aquarium, fish tank, swimming pool and SPA, industrial water, pond, hot spring water testing.
  • 5-in-1 Water Test: Total Chlorine Free, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness, water quick test, provides results in a matter of seconds
  • Easy to use: Dip the drinking water test paper into the water for 2 seconds, hold it in the air for about 15s, then reading the color board
  • Easy to carry: 50 pieces, water quality should be tested weekly, drinking water test strips are easy to handle even for beginners.
  • Manufacture: SMASAMDE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SMASAMDE
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SMASAMDE Final Thoughts

"I used API prior to this."

My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. These are working very well for me. But it is accurate and convenient as is. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters.

Overall Score
4.1


(3 Points)

9. Elos Aqua Test Kit - Magnesium

User Ratings: 60 20

Elos USA First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Always nice to get something extra! Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. Quantity of strips seems very good. The price is great for all these essential tests! But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums.

  • Elos Aqua Test Kit - Magnesium
  • High quality system: one powder reagent and two liquids! L
  • Standard sensibility: 100 ppm of Magnesium ions. L
  • NIST validation: each batch of reagents is validated using NIST (National Institute of Standard and
  • "C" reagent available as separate sales unit L
  • High number of test per kit: up to 50 test (with a standard Mg level of 1100 ppm) L
  • Manufacture: Elos USA
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.3 x 3.3 inches; 4.8 Ounces
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Elos USA Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. First and second test have a little change which was expected. It is easy to use and accurate enough. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. But it turns out that is not the case.

Overall Score
4.0


(7 Points)

10. JTT 9 in 1 Water Test kit 100ct,Test for Drinking Water, Aquarium,Pool & Spa;Best Kit for Accurate W...

User Ratings: 50 23

JTT First Impressions

"I don't know."

But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Every test I do takes just a few drops. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

  • JTT 9 in 1 Water Test kit 100ct,Test for Drinking Water, Aquarium,Pool & Spa;Best Kit for Accurate Water Quality Testing,Instant Results -PH - Free Chlorine - Total Hardness + More
  • 9 in 1 test strips: Water testing for Total Alkalinity,pH,Total Hardness, Iron,Copper,Lead, Nitrate,Nitrite, Free Chlorine
  • Easy to use:Simply dip and compare with large color chart on bottle, 30 secs could see the result. 张岩 15:43:32
  • Accurate: Reliably identify harmful contaminants in your drinking water,the accurate could be more than 99.7%
  • ⏳100 count: 100 Test strips included!
  • Money back guarantee: 100% Refund if you are not satisfied.
  • Manufacture: Jilin Test Bio-Electron Co.,Ltd
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JTT
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JTT Final Thoughts

"Nice product."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping.

Overall Score
3.6


(17 Points)

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