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 [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

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

[star rating="4.2"]
(175 Points)

2. BOSIKE Aquarium Test Strips, Fish Tank/Freshwater/Saltwater/Pond Testing Kit for Variety of Water Pa...

User Ratings: 70 3

BOSIKE First Impressions

"YES, it's accurate."

Overall, I am very happy with this kit. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use.

  • BOSIKE Aquarium Test Strips, Fish Tank/Freshwater/Saltwater/Pond Testing Kit for Variety of Water Parameters, Nitrate Nitrite Chlorine Carbonate Hardness and pH or Ammonia
  • FAST AND ACCURATE: Just dip a strip into water for 2 seconds and then remove it. Hold the strip horizontally for 60 seconds. Compare with color chart and read within 90 seconds.
  • WIDELY APPLICATIONS: These strips are widely used for Tropical Fish Tank ,Breeder Tank, Pond, Betta Tank, Shrimp Tank and other water aquarium. Researches show that you should test your aquarium water at least twice a week, so you can test your aquarium water quality at regular intervals!
  • EFFECTIVE EXTEND SHELF LIFE: These test papers are packaged in a well-sealed bottle to ensure the strips store for 2 years.
  • HIGH PRECISION RESULTS: Each test strip is made of high quality fiber paper and NO COLOR BLEEDING pad that provides instant and reliable result.
  • AFFORDABLE 6 IN 1 TESTING KIT: You can monitor your water quality by yourself about Total Hardness, Nitrate, Nitrite, Cl2, Carbonate and pH at a time.
  • Manufacture: BOSIKE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BOSIKE
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

BOSIKE Final Thoughts

"It's very easy to do."

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(360 Points)

3. AUVON Blood Glucose Test Strips for Dogs and Cats (100 Count) for use with AUVON High-Tech Veterinar...

User Ratings: 90

AUVON First Impressions

"So they're measuring!"

The test strips work as advertised. Always nice to get something extra! I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

  • AUVON Blood Glucose Test Strips for Dogs and Cats (100 Count) for use with AUVON High-Tech Veterinary Animal-Specific Blood Sugar Test Kit
  • RECOMMENDED HOME TESTING. Many pets may become frightened and stressed when they visit the veterinary hospital. This stress can adversely affect the bg levels, causing the levels to increase solely because of physiological effects of stress on the body. A bg curve performed at home is done in a less stressful environment, and it's likely to produce a curve that is more representative of the actual bg levels.
  • INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS. Insufficient blood applied to test strip and incorrect operation will result in wrong readings. Watch our instructional videos in our listings to optimize your testing results. Our friendly customer support will always be here to answer your questions and help to resolve your concerns. (30 Day Money Back Guarantee)
  • MONEY SAVING. PROMISED 0.6USD per strip would keep you no pressure to repurchase with a significant cost savings!
  • HIGH ACCURACY. AUVON veterinary bgm is specifically calibrated for dogs and cats and accounts for the differences in the blood makeup of different species. This outstanding product can function within ±12%, or ±12 mg/dl of laboratory values over 95% of the time.
  • What you receive: 100 x Blood Test Strips for Dogs and Cats, 1 x Test Strip User Guide, our 12-month warranty, lifetime technical support and friendly customer service. (For use with AUVON veterinary blood glucose monitor only)
  • Manufacture: AUVON
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AUVON
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

AUVON Final Thoughts

"So read the instructions."

I have not had any problem whatsoever. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is.

Overall Score
4.9

[star rating="4.9"]
(14 Points)

4. Advocate Pet Test Test Strips

PetTest First Impressions

"Also they leak."

These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

  • Advocate Pet Test Test Strips
  • Manufacture: PetTest
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PetTest
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

PetTest Final Thoughts

"Used the same kit before."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(2 Points)

5. Ecological Labs Carbonate Alkalinity KH Test Kit

User Ratings: 62 9

Ecological Labs TESTKH First Impressions

"Easy to use."

I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Some of the readings develop better than others. No issues so far, test strips work well.

  • Ecological Labs Carbonate Alkalinity KH Test Kit
  • Uses oxygen power to break down unsightly debris
  • It is especially helpful on streams and waterfalls
  • It oxidizes and detoxifies to help prevent pond odors
  • Manufacture: BFG Supply
  • Item Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ecological Labs TESTKH
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Ecological Labs TESTKH Final Thoughts

"It's very easy to do."

Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(14 Points)

6. Acid Test Kit

User Ratings: 37 20

E.C. Kraus QL-MCNE-JWA1 First Impressions

"These strips are great."

But it turns out that is not the case. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Acid Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Home Brew Ohio
  • Editor's Impressions Of The E.C. Kraus QL-MCNE-JWA1
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='2.6']
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

E.C. Kraus QL-MCNE-JWA1 Final Thoughts

"3 and not 0."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. It you take it to a local fish store. They quickly shipped me a new product. But after last night these are a must have for me. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(31 Points)

7. Elos Aqua Test Kit - Phosphate

User Ratings: 21 19

Elos USA First Impressions

"That's all."

The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. You mostly find them using API also. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. It you take it to a local fish store. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

  • Elos Aqua Test Kit - Phosphate
  • Easy reading: ?RealColor? technology.
  • High precision: thanks to the use of calibrated droppers
  • NIST validation: each batch of elos reagents is validated using NIST (National Institute of Standard
  • "Safe reagents": reagents and testing procedures are based on Low Risk Reagents. None of our test ki
  • Manufacture: Elos USA
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.2 x 3.3 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Elos USA
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.9']

Elos USA Final Thoughts

"Worked great."

I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. It is easy to use and accurate enough. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. The test strips work as advertised.

Overall Score
3.5

[star rating="3.5"]
(4 Points)

8. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

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

[star rating="4"]
(2 Points)

9. Seachem MultiTest Iodine and Iodide Test Kit

User Ratings: 48 9

Seachem 116097802 First Impressions

"Worked great."

I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. They quickly shipped me a new product. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place.

  • Seachem MultiTest Iodine and Iodide Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • Fresh or saltwater use
  • Unique indicator
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.6 x 2.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116097802
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.1']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

Seachem 116097802 Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

This is essential for an accurate reading. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. The key is that you are looking for changes. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. So I got these to try and I love them. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(32 Points)

10. Jungle TK888W 5-in-1 Quick Dip Test Strips, 25-Pack

User Ratings: 78 6

Jungle TK888W First Impressions

"YES, it's accurate."

It you take it to a local fish store. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Jungle TK888W 5-in-1 Quick Dip Test Strips, 25-Pack
  • Complete All In One Test
  • One dip tests for All 5 Levels in Freshwater or Saltwater aquariums
  • PH, Nitrate, Nitrite, Hardness, and Alkalinity
  • Country of Origin: UNITED STATES
  • Manufacture: Jungle
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 5.75 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Jungle TK888W
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Jungle TK888W Final Thoughts

"This is a good item."

Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. You mostly find them using API also.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(82 Points)

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