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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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 OXPT Oxygen Test Kit

User Ratings: 44 18

Salifert OXPT First Impressions

"Great magnesium test kit."

So I got these to try and I love them. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner.

  • Salifert OXPT Oxygen Test Kit
  • Corals and marine fish require very high levels of oxygen concentration because of the low solubility of oxygen in salt water so it is very important to regularly test the level of oxygen present
  • The Salifert Oxygen Profit-Test is extremely fast, measuring oxygen levels in just a few minutes and is scaled from 2 - 14 mg/L
  • Sufficient for up 40 tests
  • Can be used for marine, fresh and garden pond water
  • Made in Holland
  • Manufacture: Royal Aquatic LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 5.61 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert OXPT
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Salifert OXPT Final Thoughts

"I used API prior to this."

These are working very well for me. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. The test strips work as advertised. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites.

Overall Score
3.5


(13 Points)

3. Tetra Pond 19542 Test Strips 6N1 25Pk

User Ratings: 80 4

Tetra Pond 19542 First Impressions

"Just sayin'."

But it is accurate and convenient as is. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use.

  • Tetra Pond 19542 Test Strips 6N1 25Pk
  • Indicates nitrate
  • nitrite
  • general hardness
  • alkalinity
  • and pH levels
  • Item Weight: 1.44 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra Pond 19542
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra Pond 19542 Final Thoughts

"Was good for 3 years."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I have not found that to be true for myself. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips.

Overall Score
4.6


(69 Points)

4. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Elos USA
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

5. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21405 Saltwater Calcium Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests

User Ratings: 79 3

Red Sea 306009 First Impressions

"I know, I'm terrible."

The price is great for all these essential tests! It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. It you take it to a local fish store. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21405 Saltwater Calcium Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 5.59842519685039 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 5 Inches
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 3.09842519685039 Inches
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.51 x 3.15 inches; 13.62 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306009
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Red Sea 306009 Final Thoughts

"A great kit!"

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well!

Overall Score
4.6


(30 Points)

6. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Deepwater Aquatics AF01910
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

7. PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit

User Ratings: 40 33

Pondcare 65L 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. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit
  • Fresh/saltwater Copper Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Pondcare
  • Item Weight: 2.11 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 7 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pondcare 65L
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pondcare 65L Final Thoughts

"Helps keep my fish happy."

They quickly shipped me a new product. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The key is that you are looking for changes. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. The test strips work as advertised. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness.

Overall Score
3.2


(11 Points)

8. Pet Control HQ Glucometer for Dogs & Cats - Lab-Accurate Blood Sugar Glucose Meter Testing Kit, Test...

User Ratings: 58 8

Pet Control HQ First Impressions

"They work for me."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

  • Pet Control HQ Glucometer for Dogs & Cats - Lab-Accurate Blood Sugar Glucose Meter Testing Kit, Test Strips w/ 2 Calibrated Code-Chips to Monitor Canine or Feline Diabetes - 50 Lancets & Log Book
  • VET-APPROVED FOR FAST & RELIABLE RESULTS: The Pet Control HQ Blood Glucose Meter is trusted by Veterinarians to get fast and accurate glucose readings for diabetic pets; In fact, they choose this pet glucometer because it uses premium GDH enzyme collaborating test strips (stored in a temperature-controlled vial) and has 2 Code-Chips (one for dogs the other cats) for more consistent and accurate test results that can help your furry friends stay in the safe range
  • GENTLE - EVEN FOR SENSITIVE PETS: This pet glucometer requires the least amount of blood of any test available (only 0.6µL) which makes metering as painless and stress-free as possible, and research shows that home testing is more accurate than vet offices due to comfort and lowered stress (especially for high anxiety dogs and cats); Plus, most customers say that after a few tests on the ankle callus, leg, ear, or paw, they’ve seen no more discomfort for their loved ones than at the vet office
  • LAB-ACCURATE TESTING FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME: Veterinarians recommend blood tests because your pet’s highly-regulated system doesn’t change or dilute with hydration (like humans); Our lab-accurate testing lets you precisely monitor blood sugar in the comfort of your home - you’ll enjoy peace of mind that you’re staying on top of your pet’s diabetes to keep them safe and healthy
  • EASY ONE-BUTTON TEST RESULTS IN SECONDS: Pet Parents who want to avoid the nasty side-effects of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia say they love how the one-button operation and easy-to-read 10-second test results give them the confidence to take care of diabetic pooches and kittens - without the stress of vet visits on their animals
  • 2 CODE-CHIP GLUCOMETER FOR CATS & DOGS: Drop the cost of vet bills with the Pet Control HQ medical-grade pet glucometer; Unlike other options that use the same test strip for cats and dogs, this has a 2 Code-Chip test strip (one calibrated for your K9, the other for your kitty) to give you lab-accurate readings of insulin levels at home; Plus, the included data-tracking log book lets you track and share your pet’s readings with your vet for added confidence
  • 1 Pet Control HQ Glucometer for dogs & cats
  • 50 Blood glucose test strips for dogs & cats
  • 2 Code-Chips (one for dogs and one for cats)
  • Manufacture: Pet Control HQ
  • Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pet Control HQ
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pet Control HQ Final Thoughts

"Easy to read."

So I got these to try and I love them. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
4.1


(61 Points)

9. AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 50 Count

User Ratings: 83 2

Zoetis 14535 First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. First and second test have a little change which was expected.

  • AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 50 Count
  • No Fabric
  • Made in USA
  • Fifty (50) test strips in one box
  • Use with device to monitor your pet's blood glucose
  • Easy to use
  • Manufacture: Abbott Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.85 x 1.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoetis 14535
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Zoetis 14535 Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(2489 Points)

10. API NITRITE TEST KIT 180-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 81 2

API 26 First Impressions

"They work for me."

These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. The price is great for all these essential tests! I have not found that to be true for myself. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost.

  • API NITRITE TEST KIT 180-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Kit
  • Contains one (1) API NITRITE TEST KIT 180-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Kit, including 1 bottle of testing solution, 1 color card and 1 glass test tube with cap
  • Helps monitor nitrite and prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish
  • Accurately detects high nitrate levels from 0-5 ppm
  • Prevents high levels of nitrite which inhibit fish respiration and suppress their immune systems
  • Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.38 x 5.13 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 26
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

API 26 Final Thoughts

"Worth the money."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. I have not had any problem whatsoever. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7.

Overall Score
4.7


(605 Points)

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