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. Salifert NIPT Nitrite Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 4

Salifert NIPT First Impressions

"This is my water."

I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. Quantity of strips seems very good. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Every test I do takes just a few drops.

  • Salifert NIPT Nitrite Test Kit
  • Because of its unique formulation, the Salifert Test Kit does not suffer from amine interference, and offers full color development within one minute
  • The test kit has two different scales: an ultra-low scale for nitrite-nitrogen which ranges from 0.002 - 0.12 mg/L, and a medium scale for nitrite-nitrogen which ranges from 0.02 - 1.2 mg/L
  • Sufficient for up 50 tests
  • Can be used for marine water, freshwater and garden pond water
  • Made in Holland
  • Manufacture: Royal Aquatic LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert NIPT
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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Salifert NIPT Final Thoughts

"Take the read."

The test strips work as advertised. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. You mostly find them using API also. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it.

Overall Score
4.6


(94 Points)

3. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21406 Reagent Calcium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests

User Ratings: 85

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306010 First Impressions

"With this is alot easier."

So I got these to try and I love them. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21406 Reagent Calcium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests
  • Calcium pro test kit is an advanced calcium titration test
  • Test refill replenishes calcium pro test kit with sufficient reagent to conduct another 75 tests
  • Measuring the level of calcium in reef aquarium to an exceptionally high accuracy of 5 ppm
  • Calcium, an essential component in the building of coral skeletons, is constantly depleted from the aquarium and needs
  • Conventional titration testing involves a cumbersome process of adding and mixing a titrant with sample water containing reagents
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 3.2 x 2.1 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306010
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306010 Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

You mostly find them using API also. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. First and second test have a little change which was expected. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. It you take it to a local fish store. These are working very well for me.

Overall Score
4.7


(5 Points)

4. Synbiotics Canine and Feline Pregnancy Test Kit (5 Tests)

User Ratings: 26 25

Synbiotics Canine and Feline Pregnancy Test Kit (5 First Impressions

"Let me explain."

I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips.

  • Synbiotics Canine and Feline Pregnancy Test Kit (5 Tests)
  • Early detection of planned or unplanned pregnancy
  • Detection of pregnancy before or after abortion treatment
  • Early detection of false pregnancy
  • Diagnose fetal resorption or spontaneous abortion
  • No refrigeration required
  • Manufacture: Synbiotics
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Synbiotics Canine and Feline Pregnancy Test Kit (5
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Synbiotics Canine and Feline Pregnancy Test Kit (5 Final Thoughts

"So they're measuring!"

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
3.0


(18 Points)

5. NYOS Calcium (CA) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 48 6

NYOS First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. So I got these to try and I love them. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

  • NYOS Calcium (CA) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit
  • 50 Tests - NYOS REEFER test kits allows you to achieve precise and most importantly reproducible (i.e. in repeat measurements identical) measuring results.
  • Reagents are made in Germany in accordance with EN ISO 9001, AAS and NIST standards.
  • Made in Germany
  • Manufacture: NYOS
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 2 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NYOS
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  • Value For Money
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NYOS Final Thoughts

"+1-800-526-0650."

It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. 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. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip.

Overall Score
4.1


(14 Points)

6. Aquarium Equip ISTA CO2 Indicator Drop Checker Long Term Monitor Test - Real time Solution Kits

User Ratings: 50 11

Aquarium Equip PTM691I506 First Impressions

"This part is very easy."

I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7.

  • Aquarium Equip ISTA CO2 Indicator Drop Checker Long Term Monitor Test - Real time Solution Kits
  • Allows you to monitor the CO2 level in your tank . Unique design prevents any chance of spilling the indicator solution. Reusable color chart sticker allows the constant repositioning of the position of the label on the aquarium.
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Equip
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Equip PTM691I506
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aquarium Equip PTM691I506 Final Thoughts

"Super easy to use."

Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious.

Overall Score
3.9


(116 Points)

7. Marine Phosphate Ultra Low Range Colorimeter – Checker HI774

User Ratings: 86 8

Hanna Instruments First Impressions

"No issues with it."

Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

  • Marine Phosphate Ultra Low Range Colorimeter – Checker HI774
  • Easier to use and more accurate than chemical test kits
  • Dedicated to a single parameter
  • Accuracy ±0.02 ppm ±5% of reading
  • Range 0.00 to 0.90 ppm
  • Includes reagent starter kit for 10 tests
  • Manufacture: Hanna
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments
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Hanna Instruments Final Thoughts

"That's all."

It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. The test strips work as advertised. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I like API products and find them the most accurate.

Overall Score
4.6


(25 Points)

8. Premium Pack Freshwater Master Test Kit 800-Test Freshwater Aquarium Water master Test Kit

User Ratings: 82 8

goeasy0312 First Impressions

"Quick and easy use."

I have not had any problem whatsoever. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality.

  • Premium Pack Freshwater Master Test Kit 800-Test Freshwater Aquarium Water master Test Kit
  • Manufacture: China
  • Editor's Impressions Of The goeasy0312
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goeasy0312 Final Thoughts

"Thank you."

I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. But it is accurate and convenient as is. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(55 Points)

9. Nutrafin pH High Range 7.4 to 8.6 for Fresh and Saltwater, 125-Tests

User Ratings: 66 17

Nutrafin A7812 First Impressions

"It's very easy to do."

Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial.

  • Nutrafin pH High Range 7.4 to 8.6 for Fresh and Saltwater, 125-Tests
  • Suitable for freshwater or marine aquariums to establish the right pH range for your fish (7.4-8.6)
  • Monitors ammonia toxicity level
  • Best used in aquariums containing most common tropical fish, such as African Cichlids and marine fish
  • 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 125 Tests
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nutrafin A7812
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nutrafin A7812 Final Thoughts

"Using this meter is easy."

I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. I don't know so much about how precise these are. I don't know so much about how precise these are. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell.

Overall Score
4.0


(7 Points)

10. Zoetis 14535 Alphatrak II Test Strips 50's

User Ratings: 79 1

Zoetis 14535 First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below.

  • Zoetis 14535 Alphatrak II Test Strips 50's
  • Monitors your pet's blood glucose
  • Use the same accurate device that your veterinarian uses
  • Easy to use
  • Manufacture: Lambert Vet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.85 x 1.5 inches; 0.81 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoetis 14535
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Zoetis 14535 Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it.

Overall Score
4.7


(484 Points)

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