Editor's Choice - Our Favorite life2O Aquarium Test Kits

1. ULTIMATE 14-in-1 Aquarium Test Kit with Trace Heavy Metals | 50 Water Testing Strips for Fresh-Water...

User Ratings: 55 14

life2O 1530100012 First Impressions

"Two packages were inside."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

  • ULTIMATE 14-in-1 Aquarium Test Kit with Trace Heavy Metals | 50 Water Testing Strips for Fresh-Water or Salt-Water Aquarium, Fish-Tank, Reef & Pond | Alkalinity, pH, Nitrate, Carbonate Hardness & More
  • [PROFESSIONAL GRADE] Our Aquarium Dip-Stick Test Strips, with 99% High Accuracy Color Pads, Are a Rapid, Reliable & Cost Effective way to Perform Aquarium Maintenance | FREE e-Book Emailed with Your Purchase.
  • [TRACE HEAVY METALS] The Best Aquatic Life Water Tester PERIOD. The Only One That Measures Trace Heavy Metals & Low Range Fluoride Levels Which Are Hidden Parameters That Adversely Affect Marine, Coral & Plant Health.
  • [14 PARAMETERS] The Most Complete Aquarium Test Kit Available: Total Alkalinity, pH, General Total Hardness (GH), Carbonate Hardness (KH), Free Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Mercury, Lead, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Zinc & Fluoride
  • [ARE YOUR FISH SAFE?] Bad Water Quality Causes Fish Stress Which Leads to Death. Monitor Your Aquarium Now!
  • [EASY TO USE] Simple Instructions with Dip & Read Visual Results in 60 Seconds & Straightforward Color Chart.
  • Manufacture: life2O
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 5.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The life2O 1530100012
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life2O 1530100012 Final Thoughts

"After 2 weeks of 0-."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I like API products and find them the most accurate. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I have not found that to be true for myself. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious.

Overall Score
3.9


(237 Points)

2. WQ105 WTR Quality Test Kit,

User Ratings: 38 22

ProLab WQ105 First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

  • WQ105 WTR Quality Test Kit,
  • Safe and easy to use
  • Reliable results instantly
  • Laboratory tested for accuracy
  • Allowing for up to 18 instant water tests
  • Manufacture: Pro-Lab
  • Part Number: WQ105
  • Material: Wood working kit
  • Item Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Size: Pack of 1
  • Color: Blue white black
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ProLab WQ105
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ProLab WQ105 Final Thoughts

"I know, I'm terrible."

This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. These are working very well for me. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
3.4


(101 Points)

3. Seachem Stability Fish Tank Stabilizer - For Freshwater and Marine Aquariums 250ml

User Ratings: 85 2

Seachem 116012607 First Impressions

"He perked right up."

I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The price is great for all these essential tests! Overall, I am very happy with this kit. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out!

  • Seachem Stability Fish Tank Stabilizer - For Freshwater and Marine Aquariums 250ml
  • TANK STABILIZATION: Seachem Stability will rapidly and safely establish the aquarium biofilter in freshwater and marine systems, thereby preventing the #1 cause of fish death: "new tank syndrome".
  • TREATMENT: Stability is formulated specifically for the aquarium and contains a synergistic blend of aerobic, anaerobic, and facultative bacteria which facilitate the breakdown of waste organics, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate.
  • BACTERIA GROWTH: The necessary conditions for the growth of Stability's bacterial strains encompass a very broad range. When other bacteria begin to die off (usually from high organic loads caused by the unknown death of an organism), Stability simply becomes more effective.
  • USE: Shake Seachem Stability well before use and turn off UV/ozone filter. Use 1 capful (5 mL) for each 40 L (10 US gallons) on the first day with a new aquarium. Then use 1 capful for each 80 L (20 US gallons) daily for 7 days. Fish and other aquatic species may be introduced at any time as long as the dosage is maintained for 7 days.
  • SAFE: The bacteria employed by Stability are non-sulfur fixing and will not produce toxic hydrogen sulfide. Stability is completely harmless to all aquatic organisms as well as aquatic plants, thus there is no danger of overuse.
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Item Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116012607
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Seachem 116012607 Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
4.7


(1018 Points)

4. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130385
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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)

5. 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
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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)

6. Sera Ammonium/Ammonia-Test (NH4/NH3) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 68 2

Sera 4910 First Impressions

"Simple and easy to use."

I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. No issues so far, test strips work well. Some of the readings develop better than others. The test strips work as advertised. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. No one brand is going to guarantee against this.

  • Sera Ammonium/Ammonia-Test (NH4/NH3) 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; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4910
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Sera 4910 Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. 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. 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. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds.

Overall Score
4.5


(98 Points)

7. Industrial Test Systems eXact iDip Photometer 486107-AQ-K 570 Aquarium Starter Kit

User Ratings: 38 42

Exact 486107-AQ-K First Impressions

"After 2 weeks of 0-."

Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. They quickly shipped me a new product. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I have some pretty lousy water where I live.

  • Industrial Test Systems eXact iDip Photometer 486107-AQ-K 570 Aquarium Starter Kit
  • Standard navy blue plastic carrying case w/ Foam including 1 Bottle 25 of each: pH II, Nitrate, Total Alkalinity, Ammonia, Total Hardness HR, & Phosphate (METER INCLUDED)
  • Built for water quality testing aquariums, ponds, andwater features
  • 2-way wireless communication with an iPhone, iPad
  • Manufacture: Industrial Test Systems, Inc.
  • Part Number: 486107-AQ-K
  • Item Weight: 1.95 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 5 x 10 inches
  • Batteries: 4 AAA batteries required.
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: Yes
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Exact 486107-AQ-K Final Thoughts

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

Overall Score
3.1


(6 Points)

8. Strontium Sr Profi Test Kit, 25 Tests

User Ratings: 66 7

Salifert Aqua 324 First Impressions

"Like nuclear waste water."

They quickly shipped me a new product. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

  • Strontium Sr Profi Test Kit, 25 Tests
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert Aqua 324
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Salifert Aqua 324 Final Thoughts

"I don't know."

It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. You mostly find them using API also.

Overall Score
4.3


(48 Points)

9. E-SHA Esha Quick Test Aquarium Water 5 in 1 Test Strips X 50

User Ratings: 69 3

E-SHA First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

No issues so far, test strips work well. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

  • E-SHA Esha Quick Test Aquarium Water 5 in 1 Test Strips X 50
  • Saves time.
  • Easy to use.
  • Accuracy
  • 300 tests
  • Don't be tempted to skip testing, just let the strips take the strain instead!
  • Manufacture: eSHa
  • Editor's Impressions Of The E-SHA
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E-SHA Final Thoughts

"Worked pretty well."

Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips.

Overall Score
4.5


(69 Points)

10. Red Sea Marine Test Kit Nitrate/Nitrite, 50/50 tests

User Ratings: 77

Red Sea Fish pHarm FBA_63321465 First Impressions

"So they're measuring!"

If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests.

  • Red Sea Marine Test Kit Nitrate/Nitrite, 50/50 tests
  • Marine care program nitrate/nitrite combi-test kit
  • Provides 50 nitrate plus 50 nitrite advanced colorimetric tests for marine aquariums
  • Its accuracy of 0.05 ppm or 2 ppm
  • Performs 50/50 tests
  • It range is 0-1 ppm or 0-250 ppm
  • Manufacture: Red Sea Fish Pharm
  • Product Dimensions: 4.75 x 3.25 x 2 inches; 5.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish pHarm FBA_63321465
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Red Sea Fish pHarm FBA_63321465 Final Thoughts

"Worked great."

It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that.

Overall Score
4.6


(23 Points)

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