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
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.9']

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

[star rating="3.9"]
(237 Points)

2. Red Sea Phosphate Pro Test Kit Reagent Refill

Red Sea First Impressions

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. No issues so far, test strips work well. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Red Sea Phosphate Pro Test Kit Reagent Refill
  • It includes enough reagents for 100 tests.
  • Note: We can not ship this Test Kit expedited or to Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Red Sea Final Thoughts

"1 dKh difference."

My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. The key is that you are looking for changes. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

Overall Score
5.0

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

3. Sera Iron-Test (Fe) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 66 8

Sera 4610 First Impressions

"Thanks Red Sea."

It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I like API products and find them the most accurate. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2.

  • Sera Iron-Test (Fe) 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: 12.8 L x 4.2H x9.4W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.75 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4610
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

Sera 4610 Final Thoughts

"Gives me peace of mind."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. The test strips work as advertised. They quickly shipped me a new product. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(57 Points)

4. Boxtech Aquarium Marine Test Sea Saltwater Hydrometer Reef - Ocean Hydrometer Salinity Meter - for F...

User Ratings: 62 7

boxtech First Impressions

"00 becomes 40."

The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-.

  • Boxtech Aquarium Marine Test Sea Saltwater Hydrometer Reef - Ocean Hydrometer Salinity Meter - for Fish Tank Water Salinity Specific Gravity Test
  • Safe Material:Made of plastic,aquarium clear Automatic Accurate Readable SaltWater Hydrometer.
  • Durable Clear Acrylic:Accurate, durable, and easy to read your marine aquarium's salt level and specific gravity,Small and waterproof.if the specific gravity between 1.000 - 1.019,show that the specific gravity is small;if the specific gravity between 1.020 - 1.023,show that the specific gravity is nomal;if the specific gravity between 1.024 - 1.030,show that the specific gravity is big;
  • Clearly Safe Zone Indicated:Includes solinity and specific grovity scales.The outside rang of scale indicates salinity(PPT).The inside range of scale indicates gravity.And with safe zone clearly indicated.Range of use: 0-40 degrees (1.000-1.030).If the salinity ppt between 32 - 40,show that the salinity hydrometer is high;If the salinity ppt between 27 - 31,show that the salinity hydrometer is normal; If the salinity ppt between 0 - 26,show that the salinity hydrometer is light.
  • Wide Usage:Fit for brackish and marine aquariums.Perfect for testing both salinity and specific gravity of your brackish and marine tank.Includes solinity and specific grovity scales.Suitable for fresh water and sea water.
  • Easy to Read and Use:The easy-to-read swing-arm pointer and extra wide stable base provide an accurate test result.
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 9.06 x 0.98 inches; 3.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

boxtech Final Thoughts

"Pond water testing."

About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. It you take it to a local fish store. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

Overall Score
4.2

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

5. NYOS Calcium (CA) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 48 6

NYOS First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. So I got these to try and I love them. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

  • NYOS Calcium (CA) 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.
  • Reagents are made in Germany in accordance with EN ISO 9001, AAS and NIST standards.
  • Made in Germany
  • Manufacture: NYOS
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 2 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NYOS
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

NYOS Final Thoughts

"+1-800-526-0650."

It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. 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. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip.

Overall Score
4.1

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

6. Salifert NIPT Nitrite Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 4

Salifert NIPT First Impressions

"This is my water."

I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. Quantity of strips seems very good. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Every test I do takes just a few drops.

  • Salifert NIPT Nitrite Test Kit
  • Because of its unique formulation, the Salifert Test Kit does not suffer from amine interference, and offers full color development within one minute
  • The test kit has two different scales: an ultra-low scale for nitrite-nitrogen which ranges from 0.002 - 0.12 mg/L, and a medium scale for nitrite-nitrogen which ranges from 0.02 - 1.2 mg/L
  • Sufficient for up 50 tests
  • Can be used for marine water, freshwater and garden pond water
  • Made in Holland
  • Manufacture: Royal Aquatic LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert NIPT
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Salifert NIPT Final Thoughts

"Take the read."

The test strips work as advertised. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. You mostly find them using API also. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it.

Overall Score
4.6

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

7. OEM TOOLS 27266 Master Compression Test Kit, 1 Pack

User Ratings: 56

OEM TOOLS 27266 First Impressions

"Worked great."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet.

  • OEM TOOLS 27266 Master Compression Test Kit, 1 Pack
  • Includes (1) 2-1/2" Gauge with Dual Scale 0-300 Psi and 0-20 Bar and (1) 1-1/2" Gauge with Single Scale 0-200 Psi and 10" Extension with Quick Connect and Protective Boot
  • M14 Hoses: (1) Short Thread and (1) Long Thread
  • M18 Hose with Short Threads
  • M10, M12 and M18 Solid Adapters
  • Extra O-Rings and Valve Cores
  • Manufacture: OEMTOOLS
  • Item Weight: 4.15 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 14.7 x 2.2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The OEM TOOLS 27266
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

OEM TOOLS 27266 Final Thoughts

"I kid you not."

32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Quantity of strips seems very good. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. I have not found that to be true for myself. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
4.6

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

8. Sera 50 Piece Quick Test

User Ratings: 70 1

Sera 4960 First Impressions

"Best strips ever."

Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. It does take some time though to actually get it done. So I got these to try and I love them. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Sera 50 Piece Quick Test
  • Quick water testing
  • Check 5 water parameters within 1 minute
  • PH, kH, gH, NO3, NO2
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.18 x 1.18 x 4.33 inches; 1.12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4960
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Sera 4960 Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(385 Points)

9. Aquascape 96019 Water Test Kit KH Alkalinity for Pond and Garden Features, 60 Tests

User Ratings: 80

Aquascape 96019 First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Some of the readings develop better than others. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

  • Aquascape 96019 Water Test Kit KH Alkalinity for Pond and Garden Features, 60 Tests
  • Measures KH and Alkalinity concentrations in ponds and aquariums
  • Accurate, laboratory-quality testing that is simple to complete
  • Ideal for optimizing the benefits provided by the Aquascape IonGen System (# 95027)
  • 60 tests per kit
  • Manufacture: Aquascape Designs, Inc
  • Item Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquascape 96019
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Aquascape 96019 Final Thoughts

"Using this meter is easy."

Always nice to get something extra! It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. So off to buy some sponge filters I went!

Overall Score
4.6

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

10. 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 [star rating='2.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.6']

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

[star rating="3.2"]
(11 Points)

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