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
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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. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE22040 4-Pack Coral Colors ABCD Supplements for Aquarium, 100ml

User Ratings: 80 1

Red Sea 306041 First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

Overall, I am very happy with this kit. The key is that you are looking for changes. I don't know so much about how precise these are. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE22040 4-Pack Coral Colors ABCD Supplements for Aquarium, 100ml
  • Coral Coloration A, B, C And D Supplements Provides Hobbyists Of All Levels The Opportunity Control And Enhance The Growth And Coloration Of Corals
  • Coral Colors A, B, C And D Supplements Contain The 31 Minor And Trace Elements Present In The Skeleton And Soft Tissue Of All Coral
  • Coral Colors A, B, C and D should only be dosed according to a measured requirement of the aquarium
  • Come In A 4-Pack Of 100-Ml That Supports A 250-Liter Saps Aquarium For Approximately 60 Days
  • Formulated Such That The Ratio Of The Elements In Each Supplement Are The Same As Are Found In The Combined Coral Skeleton And Soft Tissue
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 3.54 x 5.51 x 3.54 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306041
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Red Sea 306041 Final Thoughts

"Worth the money."

It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Some of the readings develop better than others.

Overall Score
4.7


(164 Points)

3. Zoetis / Abbott Alphatrak 2 Dog / Cat Test Strips 50ct

User Ratings: 85 2

AlphaTRAK First Impressions

"Thank you!"

I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. But it is accurate and convenient as is.

  • Zoetis / Abbott Alphatrak 2 Dog / Cat Test Strips 50ct
  • Manufacture: Zoetis / Abbott
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AlphaTRAK Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I don't know so much about how precise these are. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either.

Overall Score
4.7


(574 Points)

4. 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)

5. SMASAMDE 5-in-1 Water Quality Test Strip Test Aquarium Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, PH, Test Fish ...

User Ratings: 38

SMASAMDE First Impressions

"Super easy to use."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. No issues so far, test strips work well. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it.

  • SMASAMDE 5-in-1 Water Quality Test Strip Test Aquarium Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, PH, Test Fish Tank Swimming Pool Drinking Water Test Strip
  • Health: Test strips are Suitable for drinking water, aquarium, fish tank, swimming pool and SPA, industrial water, pond, hot spring water testing.
  • 5-in-1 Water Test: Total Chlorine Free, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness, water quick test, provides results in a matter of seconds
  • Easy to use: Dip the drinking water test paper into the water for 2 seconds, hold it in the air for about 15s, then reading the color board
  • Easy to carry: 50 pieces, water quality should be tested weekly, drinking water test strips are easy to handle even for beginners.
  • Manufacture: SMASAMDE
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SMASAMDE Final Thoughts

"I used API prior to this."

My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. These are working very well for me. But it is accurate and convenient as is. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters.

Overall Score
4.1


(3 Points)

6. AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 100 Count

User Ratings: 79 6

AlphaTRAK First Impressions

"This is a good item."

The price is great for all these essential tests! If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. It you take it to a local fish store. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start.

  • AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 100 Count
  • AlphaTRAK 2 Veterinary Blood Glucose Test Strips 100/box
  • Manufacture: AlphaTRAK
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AlphaTRAK Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree.

Overall Score
4.6


(44 Points)

7. Acid Test Kit

User Ratings: 37 20

E.C. Kraus QL-MCNE-JWA1 First Impressions

"These strips are great."

But it turns out that is not the case. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Acid Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Home Brew Ohio
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E.C. Kraus QL-MCNE-JWA1 Final Thoughts

"3 and not 0."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. It you take it to a local fish store. They quickly shipped me a new product. But after last night these are a must have for me. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads.

Overall Score
3.6


(31 Points)

8. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21405 Saltwater Calcium Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests

User Ratings: 79 3

Red Sea 306009 First Impressions

"I know, I'm terrible."

The price is great for all these essential tests! It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. It you take it to a local fish store. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21405 Saltwater Calcium Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 5.59842519685039 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 5 Inches
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 3.09842519685039 Inches
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.51 x 3.15 inches; 13.62 Ounces
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Red Sea 306009 Final Thoughts

"A great kit!"

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well!

Overall Score
4.6


(30 Points)

9. 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)

10. Salifert COPT Copper Test Kit

User Ratings: 64 10

Salifert COPT First Impressions

"Hope this was useful."

Always nice to get something extra! Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc.

  • Salifert COPT Copper Test Kit
  • The Salifert test kit offers a very sensitive and accurate test for measuring dissolved or weakly chelated copper with a pH of 7.5–9
  • Lasts for several copper cures or provides sufficient for up to 50 tests on tap or aquarium water as a routine check
  • Ca be used for marine, fresh and garden pond water
  • Strongly chelated copper will only be partly or not at all detected
  • Made in Holland
  • Manufacture: Royal Aquatic LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 1.59 Ounces
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Salifert COPT Final Thoughts

"They work for me."

This is essential for an accurate reading. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. The test strips work as advertised. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. So I got these to try and I love them. The price is great for all these essential tests!

Overall Score
4.2


(32 Points)

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