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

User Ratings: 72 3

Sera 4310 First Impressions

"I love this test kit."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish.

  • Sera pH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • Makes it easy to monitor the pH value in fresh and marine water and ponds
  • Package Dimensions: 13.8 L x 4.2H x9.2W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.24 Ounces
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Sera 4310 Final Thoughts

"These are just easier."

If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I have not had any problem whatsoever. This is essential for an accurate reading. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. So I got these to try and I love them.

Overall Score
4.5


(321 Points)

3. API TEST KIT, Different styles available, Monitors water quality and helps prevent invisible problem...

User Ratings: 77 3

API LR8600 First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

Some of the readings develop better than others. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement.

  • API TEST KIT, Different styles available, Monitors water quality and helps prevent invisible problems that can be harmful to fish, Fast, easy and accurate, Use weekly and when problems appear
  • Contains one (1) API AMMONIA 130-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Water Test Kit, including 2 bottles of testing solution, 2 color cards and 1 glass test tube with cap
  • Monitors water quality and prevents invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish
  • Monitors water quality and prevents invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish
  • Works instantly to make aquarium water safe for fish
  • Dose several times a week when starting a new aquarium then weekly or when problem arise
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 2.75 x 1.63 x 5.13 inches; 4.8 Ounces
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API LR8600 Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Quantity of strips seems very good. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. So I got these to try and I love them. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. The test strips work as advertised.

Overall Score
4.6


(4238 Points)

4. 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
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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


(3 Points)

5. Salifert pH Test Kit

User Ratings: 84 4

Salifert 8714079130491 First Impressions

"I kid you not."

No one brand is going to guarantee against this. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. But after last night these are a must have for me. It you take it to a local fish store. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price.

  • Salifert pH Test Kit
  • The pH test kit provides accurate pH fluctuations
  • The pH test kit can perform up to 50 tests
  • The pH test monitors the pH and provides an effective alkalinity
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 1.59 Ounces
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Salifert 8714079130491 Final Thoughts

"75, for example."

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

Overall Score
4.7


(108 Points)

6. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21425 Saltwater Phosphate Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 68 9

Red Sea 306017 First Impressions

"Easy to read."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21425 Saltwater Phosphate Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Phosphate pro test kit is an advanced colorimetric test with comparator
  • Measuring the level of phosphate in reef aquarium to an exceptionally high resolution of 0. 014 ppm P-PO4
  • This test kit, when used in conjunction with the nitrate pro test kit, enables accurate dosing of NO3: PO4-X (biological nitrate and phosphate reducer)
  • This kit includes a durable, chemical resistant plastic case, analytical grade glass vials
  • Includes material for up to 100 tests
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.51 x 3.15 inches; 1 Pounds
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Red Sea 306017 Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. So I got these to try and I love them. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

Overall Score
4.2


(48 Points)

7. SimplexHealth Home Water Test Kit 3-in-One (5 Strips) - Drinking Water, Ponds, Aquariums for Total H...

User Ratings: 42 5

SimplexHealth First Impressions

"Let me explain."

If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. I have some pretty lousy water where I live.

  • SimplexHealth Home Water Test Kit 3-in-One (5 Strips) - Drinking Water, Ponds, Aquariums for Total Hardness, Total Alkalinity and pH
  • Each bag contains 5 test strips, which are ideal for use in aquariums, aquacultures, ponds, drinking water, lakes and streams.
  • Test for Nitrate, Nitrite, Total Hardness, Total Alkalinity and pH
  • Simple, Fast and Accurate
  • Results on the spot
  • Manufacture: SimplexHealth
  • Item Weight: 0.704 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 1.57 x 1.57 inches
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SimplexHealth Final Thoughts

"Great magnesium test kit."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. But after last night these are a must have for me. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on.

Overall Score
3.8


(64 Points)

8. NYOS Phosphate (PO4) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 55

NYOS First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

It you take it to a local fish store. Every test I do takes just a few drops. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet.

  • NYOS Phosphate (PO4) 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.
  • Measurement Range: 0.025–1.0 mg/l PO4
  • 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; 5.6 Ounces
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NYOS Final Thoughts

"Love the convenience."

Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it.

Overall Score
4.3


(21 Points)

9. API REPLACEMENT TEST TUBES WITH CAPS For Any Aquarium Test Kit Including API Freshwater Master Test ...

User Ratings: 89 1

API 32 First Impressions

"It's that easy."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. But it turns out that is not the case. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

  • API REPLACEMENT TEST TUBES WITH CAPS For Any Aquarium Test Kit Including API Freshwater Master Test Kit 24-Count Box
  • Contains one (1) API REPLACEMENT TEST TUBES WITH CAPS For Any Aquarium Test Kit Including API Freshwater Master Test Kit 24-Count Box
  • Compatible with any aquarium water test kits including freshwater and saltwater test kit, pH test kit, ammonia test kit, nitrate test kit, reef test kit, calcium test kit and more
  • The API test tubes are perfect to replace API Freshwater Master Test Kit tubes, API Saltwater Master Test Kit tubes, API Reef Master Test Kit tubes, API Pond Master Test Kit tubes and any other API Test Kit tubes
  • Snap-tight plastic caps
  • Use when original tubes have been lost or damaged
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 7.13 x 1.25 x 3.5 inches; 6.4 Ounces
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API 32 Final Thoughts

"5 out of 5 stars."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Quantity of strips seems very good. So I got these to try and I love them. It you take it to a local fish store. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok.

Overall Score
4.8


(554 Points)

10. Culligan TK Lead water test kit, Clear

User Ratings: 27 31

Culligan TK-LEAD First Impressions

"Worked pretty well."

So I got these to try and I love them. 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. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. It you take it to a local fish store. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well.

  • Culligan TK Lead water test kit, Clear
  • The test kit is specifically for Lead in drinking water
  • Works on Well or City Water.
  • Includes Culligan 1-800 Customer # for inquiries.
  • Detects lead in drinking water
  • Manufacture: Culligan
  • Part Number: TK-LEAD
  • Item Weight: 0.16 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches
  • Color: Clear
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Culligan TK-LEAD Final Thoughts

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

But it turns out that is not the case. Every test I do takes just a few drops. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost.

Overall Score
3.3


(4 Points)

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