Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Magnum Media Salinity 10ATC Aquarium Test Kits

1. Professional Automatic Temperature Compensation Salinity Refractometer for Aquariums, Marine Monitor...

User Ratings: 79 3

Magnum Media Salinity 10ATC SR007-10ATC First Impressions

"These are just easier."

If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. No issues so far, test strips work well. But after last night these are a must have for me. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • Professional Automatic Temperature Compensation Salinity Refractometer for Aquariums, Marine Monitoring, Saltwater Testing.Dual Sacle: 0-100ppt & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity
  • Upgraded Quality
  • Partable Hard Storage Box
  • Dual Salinity Scale
  • Automatic Temperature Compensation
  • Full 12 Month Replacement Warranty
  • Manufacture: Magnum Media
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 3.2 x 1.7 inches; 5.64 Ounces
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Magnum Media Salinity 10ATC SR007-10ATC Final Thoughts

"Helps keep my fish happy."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. These are working very well for me. It does take some time though to actually get it done. These are working very well for me. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

Overall Score
4.6


(496 Points)

2. 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)

3. Hanna Instrument HI775 Freshwater Alkalinity Checker Test Kit - Freshwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 61

Checker First Impressions

"However, it is not."

This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests.

  • Hanna Instrument HI775 Freshwater Alkalinity Checker Test Kit - Freshwater Aquariums
  • FRESH WATER Alkalinity in 0 to 500 ppm
  • Resolution: 1ppm
  • Accuracy: ±5ppm ± 5% of reading
  • Max Temp Range: 0 to 50°C (32 to 122°F); RH max 95% non-condensing
  • Dimensions: 81.5 x 61 x 37.5 mm (3.2 x 2.4 x 1.5”) / Weight: 64 g (2.25 oz.)
  • Manufacture: Hanna
  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Color: Blue
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Checker Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. But it is accurate and convenient as is. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate.

Overall Score
4.2


(5 Points)

4. Seachem Reef Status Calcium Test Kit

User Ratings: 32 13

Seachem 116092005 First Impressions

"Arrived with no damage."

A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. I respect a company that backs their product. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate.

  • Seachem Reef Status Calcium Test Kit
  • 150 test
  • For saltwater use only
  • Unique indicator
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 5.8 x 3.6 inches; 1.05 Pounds
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Seachem 116092005 Final Thoughts

"Easy to read."

I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. They quickly shipped me a new product. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it.

Overall Score
3.5


(10 Points)

5. API Marine Bundle Pack: One (1) API SALTWATER MASTER TEST KIT, one (1) API MARINE FLAKES Fish Food

User Ratings: 74 6

API 603C First Impressions

"Arrived with no damage."

But after last night these are a must have for me. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

  • API Marine Bundle Pack: One (1) API SALTWATER MASTER TEST KIT, one (1) API MARINE FLAKES Fish Food
  • Contains one (1) API SALTWATER MASTER TEST KIT 550-test, one (1) API MARINE FLAKES 1.1-ounce Fish Food
  • API SALTWATER MASTER TEST KIT helps monitor essential water parameters such as high range pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, all of which are essential for your fish to thrive, yet may vary over time and are invisible to the eye
  • API MARINE FLAKES Fish Food includes key nutrients and optimal protein sources for vibrant fish and a healthy aquatic environment
  • Nutritious formula contains essential Omega-3 fatty acids in addition to spirulina algae
  • Keep your Clownfish, Wrasses, Damsels, Tangs and other saltwater fish happy by feeding 2x daily and maintain a healthy aquatic environment by testing water weekly
  • Manufacture: Mars Fishcare
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 6.5 inches; 1.2 Pounds
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API 603C Final Thoughts

"Let me explain."

I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-.

Overall Score
4.5


(59 Points)

6. AlphaTRAK 2 Pet Blood Glucose test strips Dogs Cats diabetes 50ct

User Ratings: 87 1

AlphaTRAK First Impressions

"So read the instructions."

They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

  • AlphaTRAK 2 Pet Blood Glucose test strips Dogs Cats diabetes 50ct
  • blood glucose test strip
  • Manufacture: Alphatrak
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AlphaTRAK Final Thoughts

"A little tip."

You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. It does take some time though to actually get it done. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. So I got these to try and I love them. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

Overall Score
4.8


(441 Points)

7. FUNSW Aquarium Test Strips 7 in 1,Freshwater Master Kit, Water Testing Kit for Pond and Fish Tank,Ni...

FUNSW First Impressions

"No issues with it."

Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. No issues so far, test strips work well. It does take some time though to actually get it done. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • FUNSW Aquarium Test Strips 7 in 1,Freshwater Master Kit, Water Testing Kit for Pond and Fish Tank,Nitrite, General Hardness, Free Chlorine,pH, Carbonate(100PCS)
  • 7 in 1 AQUARIUM WATER TEST KIT - our fish tank strips total have 7 elements: Nitrate, Nitrite, General Hardness, Free Chlorine,PH, Carbonate,Total Alkalinity, testing your fish tank if it is healthy water.
  • PREMIUM MATERIAL - each fish tank testing strip is made of high quality fiber paper and NO COLOR BLEEDING pad that provides instant and reliable result, the strips color wouldn’t bleed.
  • FAST and EASY to USE and READ - put the pond test strips into the water for 2 seconds and remove it, then hold the strip horizontally for 60 seconds, compare with color chart on bottle to get accurate value of the fish tank.
  • FUNCTION - the aquarium tester kit is good helper for testing your aquarium, fish tank or pond as testing strips that can offer the accurate values of water quickly, safely and easily.
  • EASY to CARRY - 100 test strips in 1 bottle, enough for 100 aquarium test strips, easy to carry, and measure anywhere.
  • Manufacture: FUNSW
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FUNSW Final Thoughts

"Pond water testing."

I have not found that to be true for myself. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. It does take some time though to actually get it done. The price is great for all these essential tests!

Overall Score
5.0


(14 Points)

8. 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
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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


(14 Points)

9. Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater PH Mini Test Kit

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals First Impressions

"Great strips."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips.

  • Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater PH Mini Test Kit
  • Contains 500 tests each
  • Tests pH levels from 6.0 to 7.6
  • Contains color chart, clear instructions and glass tube(s)
  • Pack of 2
  • Manufacture: API
  • Item Weight: 5.12 Ounces
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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Final Thoughts

"00 becomes 40."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. No issues so far, test strips work well. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

10. Sera 3 Piece Vials Supplementary Pack Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 75

Sera 4945 First Impressions

"3 and not 0."

Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place.

  • Sera 3 Piece Vials Supplementary Pack 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; 0.32 Ounces
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Sera 4945 Final Thoughts

"Fast result."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

Overall Score
4.8


(10 Points)

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