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. All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Ammonia Profi

User Ratings: 57 5

All Seas Marine Inc SI002 First Impressions

"75, for example."

And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. But it turns out that is not the case. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. But it turns out that is not the case. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

  • All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Ammonia Profi
  • Ammonia and ammonium should be rapidly converted by aerobic nitrification into nitrite and then nitrate and finally into nitrogen gas
  • If this does not happen then either the aquarium is not fully matured or there is a problem with the tank's biological system, which can be caused by an excessive biological loading being placed on the system
  • The Salifert ammonia test kit measures the total amount of ammonia and ammonium quickly and accurately
  • Sufficient for up to 50 tests and can detect 0.5 ppm of total ammonia easily
  • If nh3-1 (is caustic) comes into contact with the eyes rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek immediately medical advice. If ingested seek immediate medical advise. If any reagent comes in contact with the skin rinse immediately with plenty of water
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The All Seas Marine Inc SI002
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

All Seas Marine Inc SI002 Final Thoughts

"My favorite brand!"

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. Always nice to get something extra! Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

Overall Score
4.2


(22 Points)

3. Sera 50 Piece Quick Test

User Ratings: 70 1

Sera 4960 First Impressions

"Best strips ever."

Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. It does take some time though to actually get it done. So I got these to try and I love them. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Sera 50 Piece Quick Test
  • Quick water testing
  • Check 5 water parameters within 1 minute
  • PH, kH, gH, NO3, NO2
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.18 x 1.18 x 4.33 inches; 1.12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4960
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4960 Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage.

Overall Score
4.5


(385 Points)

4. Hanna Instruments HI758 Marine Calcium Checker Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 76 5

Hanna Instruments HI 758 First Impressions

"Thank you."

This is essential for an accurate reading. Some of the readings develop better than others. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes.

  • Hanna Instruments HI758 Marine Calcium Checker Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums
  • Easier to use and more accurate than chemical test kits, less expensive than professional testing
  • Accuracy +/-6 % of reading at 25 degree C / 77 degree F
  • Large LCD screen for readability
  • Auto shut-off to extend battery life
  • Operated by a single AAA battery
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4 x 2 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments HI 758
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hanna Instruments HI 758 Final Thoughts

"Using this meter is easy."

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. The test strips work as advertised. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. You mostly find them using API also. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I like API products and find them the most accurate.

Overall Score
4.5


(261 Points)

5. Sera Iron-Test (Fe) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 66 8

Sera 4610 First Impressions

"Thanks Red Sea."

It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I like API products and find them the most accurate. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2.

  • Sera Iron-Test (Fe) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums as well as ponds
  • Package Dimensions: 12.8 L x 4.2H x9.4W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.75 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4610
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4610 Final Thoughts

"Gives me peace of mind."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. The test strips work as advertised. They quickly shipped me a new product. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it.

Overall Score
4.3


(57 Points)

6. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306009
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

7. 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
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  • 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)

8. Aquarium Supplies CO2 Indicator All Angle View- Drop Checker Long Term Monitor Test Real time Kits

User Ratings: 56 20

Aquarium Supplies I690 ISTA全方位CO2長期監測器 First Impressions

"Pond water testing."

Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I have not had any problem whatsoever. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness.

  • Aquarium Supplies CO2 Indicator All Angle View- Drop Checker Long Term Monitor Test Real time Kits
  • Allow you to monitor the CO2 level in your tank from any angle.
  • With smart design to prevent any chance of spill of the indicator solution.
  • Reusable color chart sticker provides convenience in location change of the sticker.
  • Manufacture: ISTA
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 4 x 1.8 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Supplies I690 ISTA全方位CO2長期監測器
  • Test Accuracy
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Aquarium Supplies I690 ISTA全方位CO2長期監測器 Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. 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. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality.

Overall Score
4.0


(5 Points)

9. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21420 Saltwater Nitrate Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 73 5

Red Sea 306015 First Impressions

"They work for me."

The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Some of the readings develop better than others. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. Quantity of strips seems very good.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21420 Saltwater Nitrate Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 3.11023622047244 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 5 Inches
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 5.70866141732284 Inches
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.91 x 3.15 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306015
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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Red Sea 306015 Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I respect a company that backs their product. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though.

Overall Score
4.5


(39 Points)

10. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert OXPT
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

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