Editor's Choice - Our Favorite NICREW Aquarium Test Kits

1. NICREW Hanging Kit for HyperReef Aquarium Reef Light

NICREW First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • NICREW Hanging Kit for HyperReef Aquarium Reef Light
  • Hanging kit for HyperReef series lights
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW Final Thoughts

"Was good for 3 years."

6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. But after last night these are a must have for me.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

2. API Replacement Test Tubes for Aquarium Test Kits 6 Pack Bundle

User Ratings: 87 3

API 5346906760 First Impressions

"So read the instructions."

This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

  • API Replacement Test Tubes for Aquarium Test Kits 6 Pack Bundle
  • Replacement Test Tubes compatible with the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (API) Test Kits
  • Includes caps
  • 6 Pack
  • Manufacture: API
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 5346906760
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

API 5346906760 Final Thoughts

"They work for me."

This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. The price is great for all these essential tests! This is essential for an accurate reading. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops.

Overall Score
4.7


(279 Points)

3. Seachem MultiTest - Marine pH/Alkalinity - 75 Tests

User Ratings: 46 13

Seachem 116094009 First Impressions

"Especially for the price!"

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. They quickly shipped me a new product. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-.

  • Seachem MultiTest - Marine pH/Alkalinity - 75 Tests
  • 75 Tests
  • For Marine or high PH freshwater
  • Unique dye that has a pronounced color change between 8.0 and 8.3
  • Multi-cavity plate for simultaneous testing of up to 6 tests at the same time
  • Includes reference for test validation
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.3 x 2.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116094009
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Seachem 116094009 Final Thoughts

"Hope this was useful."

These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. This is essential for an accurate reading. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle.

Overall Score
3.8


(11 Points)

4. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

5. 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
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

6. VetMate Dogs & Cats Diabetes Test Strips - 50 Count Strips Compatible with VetMate Diabetes Testing ...

User Ratings: 68 6

VetMate First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. I have not had any problem whatsoever. The price is great for all these essential tests! Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read.

  • VetMate Dogs & Cats Diabetes Test Strips - 50 Count Strips Compatible with VetMate Diabetes Testing Kit
  • [OPTIMAL FOR DOGS/CATS DIABETES MANAGEMENT] - VetMate Blood Glucose Test Strips are perfect for diabetes management for Dogs and Cats.
  • [TECHNOLOGY] - It only required 0.4 MICRO-LITER blood samples. With state-of-the-art technology, it can use both venous blood and capillary blood samples.
  • [RELIABILITY] - VetMate technology guarantees accurate and precise measurement every time.
  • [TRUSTED AND PROVEN] - VetMate Diabetes Tests Strips undergo rigorous quality control and assurance checks before released from the factory. You can trust its performance and accuracy.
  • [COMPATIBILITY] - VetMate Blood Glucose Test Strips will ONLY work with VetMate Glucose Meter.
  • Manufacture: i-SENS, Inc.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VetMate
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

VetMate Final Thoughts

"Arrived with no damage."

About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. First and second test have a little change which was expected. The test strips work as advertised. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. The key is that you are looking for changes.

Overall Score
4.3


(25 Points)

7. JNW Direct Pond Test Strips 7 in 1 - Test pH, Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Hardness and More, Accurat...

User Ratings: 63

JNW Direct First Impressions

"It's very easy to do."

It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. Every test I do takes just a few drops. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

  • JNW Direct Pond Test Strips 7 in 1 - Test pH, Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Hardness and More, Accurate Fish Pond Water Testing, Free App & Ebook Included, 50 Count
  • THE ULTIMATE AT HOME TESTING KIT for your pond. Tests for 7 parameters: Total Hardness, Free Chlorine, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, Total Alkalinity & KH / Carbonate
  • EXTREMELY EASY TO USE pond water test strips, Instant reliable results with simple and clear instructions. Simply dip and compare with large color chart on bottle. Ideal range marked on bottle
  • BONUS FREE MOBILE APP INCLUDED - Record, track and monitor your pond test strip results with ultimate accuracy. Available for IOS and Android
  • ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR FISH ARE HEALTHY, our fish test strips come with a great e-book explaining what your results mean and how you can keep your water in the perfect condition
  • 50 STRIPS MEANS 50 TESTS - Each testing strip provides accurate and fast results, making the process of checking your pond water chemistry so simple, quick and easy. Clean water = happy fish
  • Manufacture: JNW Direct
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JNW Direct
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

JNW Direct Final Thoughts

"Like nuclear waste water."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

Overall Score
4.5


(16 Points)

8. Lamotte GREEN Program Low Cost Water Monitoring Kit

User Ratings: 79

LaMotte 32771 First Impressions

"Would buy again for sure!"

Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. It is easy to use and accurate enough. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums.

  • Lamotte GREEN Program Low Cost Water Monitoring Kit
  • Manufacture: LaMotte Company
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LaMotte 32771
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LaMotte 32771 Final Thoughts

"Worked pretty well."

While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well!

Overall Score
4.7


(26 Points)

9. Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitor (3 Pack)

User Ratings: 72 10

Seachem 10 First Impressions

"Great strips."

This is essential for an accurate reading. It is easy to use and accurate enough. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds.

  • Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitor (3 Pack)
  • 3 Pack of Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitors
  • Lasts Over A Year
  • Small And Unobtrusive
  • No water sampling
  • No Chemicals
  • Manufacture: Seachem
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 1 x 3.3 inches; 0.63 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 10
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Seachem 10 Final Thoughts

"Worth the money."

6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I have not found that to be true for myself. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
4.3


(120 Points)

10. Reef Care Magnesium Pro High Accuracy Test Kit - 100 Tests [Misc.]

User Ratings: 77 4

Red Sea 306013 First Impressions

"Also they leak."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. The test strips work as advertised. It does take some time though to actually get it done. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it.

  • Reef Care Magnesium Pro High Accuracy Test Kit - 100 Tests [Misc.]
  • Magnesium pro test kit is an advanced titration test
  • Measuring the level of magnesium in your reef aquarium to an exceptionally high accuracy of 20 ppm
  • This test kit enables accurate dosing of reef foundation C supplement (magnesium) which is part of the complete reef care program
  • Includes a durable, chemical resistant plastic case, analytical grade glass vials
  • A high precision titrate with materials for up to 100 tests
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.12 x 3.15 inches; 14.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306013
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Red Sea 306013 Final Thoughts

"They work for me."

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is.

Overall Score
4.6


(91 Points)

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