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. TETRA EasyStrips Ammonia Aquarium Test Strips, 100-Count

User Ratings: 78 3

Tetra 19541 First Impressions

"Hope this was useful."

But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc.

  • TETRA EasyStrips Ammonia Aquarium Test Strips, 100-Count
  • AMMONIA TESTING Regularly testing your water ammonia levels is critical to the success of your aquarium
  • VERSATILE Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • CONVENIENT Just dip into water wait 10 seconds and read results
  • COMPATIBLE WITH TETRA MY aquarium APP Get instant water care product recommendations based on testing results
  • USAGE Use when setting up a new aquarium after water changes or as needed
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.81 x 1.81 x 3.75 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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Tetra 19541 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. This is essential for an accurate reading. No one brand is going to guarantee against this.

Overall Score
4.6


(509 Points)

3. 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
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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)

4. Salifert Alkalinity Calcium Magnesium Combo Test Kit

User Ratings: 79 2

Salifert SALCORE First Impressions

"Easy to read."

I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Every test I do takes just a few drops. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. Some of the readings develop better than others. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

  • Salifert Alkalinity Calcium Magnesium Combo Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.1 x 4.2 inches; 15.2 Ounces
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Salifert SALCORE Final Thoughts

"With this is alot easier."

It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip.

Overall Score
4.6


(219 Points)

5. VetMate Dogs/Cats Diabetes Management Starter KIT - Pet Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit, Calibrated for...

User Ratings: 50

VetMate First Impressions

"These are just easier."

Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. I have not had any problem whatsoever. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on.

  • VetMate Dogs/Cats Diabetes Management Starter KIT - Pet Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit, Calibrated for Dogs and Cats - 10 Test Strips, 1 Lancing Device, 10 Lancets
  • [OPTIMAL FOR DOGS/CATS DIABETES MANAGEMENT] - The VetMate Blood Glucose Meter is perfect for those who want to quickly, easily, and accurately monitor their dogs' and cats' blood glucose level for their diabetes.
  • [CALIBRATED FOR DOGS AND CATS] - The VetMate Blood Glucose Monitoring System is specifically calibrated for Dogs and Cats, providing accurate and precise blood glucose levels.
  • [READY TO TEST] - The Starter Kit has everything you need to start testing instantly. It includes the VetMate Blood Glucose Testing Meter, 10 Test Strips, 10 Lancets, 1 Lancing Device, 2 Batteries, Control Solution and a Carrying Case
  • [THEY DESERVE THE SAME] - Human Glucose Monitors evolve everyday. And our Dogs and Cats friends deserve the same technology advantage. VetMate requires No Code Chips, built with negative LCD screen for better reading. It also has STRIP EJECTOR, which strips can be easily and cleanly discarded.
  • [FOR VETERINARIAN AND FOR YOU] - VetMate Diabetes Testing Kit can used by veterinarians AND by you! With the same meter, you can measure their glucose level with venous blood and capillary blood samples, truly creating no-barriers between you and your vet specialists.
  • Manufacture: i-SENS, Inc.
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
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VetMate Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. So off to buy some sponge filters I went!

Overall Score
3.5


(2 Points)

6. 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
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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)

7. Stript Health 7-Way Aquarium Test Strips 100 Count - Easily Test Your Salt/Fresh Water Tank - Spend ...

User Ratings: 60 9

Stript Health First Impressions

"Quick and easy use."

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. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

  • Stript Health 7-Way Aquarium Test Strips 100 Count - Easily Test Your Salt/Fresh Water Tank - Spend More Time Enjoying Your Fish - One Simple Strip Test - Rapid Results - Best Value Kit
  • COMPLETE AQUARIUM TESTING! Each aquarium strip come with 7 parameters allowing you to check your freshwater or saltwater aquariums for Carbonate - Total Alkalinity - pH - General Hardness - Free Chlorine - Nitrate - Nitrite
  • FAST RESULTS! Simply dip the aquarium test strip and compare the results with the included reading chart. Within minutes you will have results and can spend more time enjoying your fish
  • MAINTAIN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT! 100 test strips per bottle allows for daily or weekly testing to prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and aquarium plants
  • HIGH-QUALITY REAGENTS! Resists humidity; Long shelf life (24 months)
  • TRUSTED! Money back guarantee permits you to purchase confidently
  • Manufacture: Stript Health
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Stript Health Final Thoughts

"Thanks Red Sea."

It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. These are working very well for me. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain.

Overall Score
4.1


(228 Points)

8. Salifert Boron Test Kit

User Ratings: 55

Salifert First Impressions

"Let me explain."

But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. It does take some time though to actually get it done. I have not found that to be true for myself. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read.

  • Salifert Boron Test Kit
  • Boron is very important in marine environments. Too low a concentration can slow down the growth of
  • Concentration in natural sea water is relatively low, between 4.4 mg/L and 4.8 mg/L.
  • Monthly boron testing is therefore advisable.
  • The Salifert Boron Profi-Test kit measures the level of naturally occurring boron in steps of 0.5 mg
  • Sufficient for up to 25 tests.
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.3 x 2 inches; 3.2 Ounces
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Salifert Final Thoughts

"With this is alot easier."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff.

Overall Score
4.5


(3 Points)

9. Sera Magnesium-Test (Mg) 15 Ml, 0.5 fl.oz Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 19 25

Sera 4714 First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH.

  • Sera Magnesium-Test (Mg) 15 Ml, 0.5 fl.oz Aquarium Test Kits
  • Country Of Origin : Germany
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 5.51 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 1.57 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 3.54 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 3.68 Ounces
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Sera 4714 Final Thoughts

"I love this test kit."

I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. These are working very well for me. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

Overall Score
3.0


(9 Points)

10. pH Low Range 6.0-7.6 for Freshwater, 225-Tests

User Ratings: 89 11

Nutrafin A7810 First Impressions

"These are just easier."

It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. 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. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad.

  • pH Low Range 6.0-7.6 for Freshwater, 225-Tests
  • Suitable for freshwater aquariums to establish the right pH range for your fish (6.0-7.6)
  • Monitors ammonia toxicity level
  • Best used in aquariums containing most common tropical fish, such as Tetras, Discus,
  • Tanks pH levels should be monitored regularly as they have a direct effect on the well-being and health of fish
  • Easy to follow directions; Contains 225 Tests
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 5 inches; 2.12 Ounces
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Nutrafin A7810 Final Thoughts

"Helps keep my fish happy."

Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Always nice to get something extra! I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle.

Overall Score
4.6


(16 Points)

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