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. Azoo Nitrogen Dioxide (No2) Test Kit

Azoo AZ24010 First Impressions

"Best strips ever."

Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Always nice to get something extra! To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. But it is accurate and convenient as is. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree.

  • Azoo Nitrogen Dioxide (No2) Test Kit
  • For freshwater and saltwater aquarium
  • Range : 0.1 ~ 5.0 mg/L
  • Water change is required when No2 is detected in aquarium
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 5.63 x 3.75 x 1.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Azoo AZ24010
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Azoo AZ24010 Final Thoughts

"No issues with it."

This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

3. Sera kH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 77 2

Sera 4210 First Impressions

"Pond water testing."

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. It you take it to a local fish store.

  • Sera kH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • In the case of too low KH values we recommend Sera KH/pH-plus (in freshwater) or sera pond bio balance (in ponds)
  • In the case of too high values we recommend filtering through Sera super peat (in freshwater aquariums)
  • Makes it easy to monitor the carbonate hardness in fresh and salt water
  • 15 Milliliter / 0.5 Ounce Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 1.41 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4210
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4210 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. No issues so far, test strips work well. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit.

Overall Score
4.7


(286 Points)

4. Sera Aqua-Test Box Marin (+ Ca) Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 50 8

Sera 4004 First Impressions

"00 becomes 40."

I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks.

  • Sera Aqua-Test Box Marin (+ Ca) Aquarium Test Kits
  • Master test kit
  • Includes all the important test kits
  • Very accurate
  • Tests easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 13.58 x 12.6 inches; 3.84 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4004
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4004 Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

The price is great for all these essential tests! This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

Overall Score
4.0


(19 Points)

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

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)

6. All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Copper Profi

User Ratings: 38 31

All Seas Marine Inc SI009 First Impressions

"Easy to use."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. I don't know so much about how precise these are. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

  • All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Copper Profi
  • Copper is often used as a treatment for parasite infested fish and it is essential that the correct
  • Tap water can also be naturally high in copper and it is therefore advisable to test for this on a regular basis.
  • 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
  • Can be used for marine, fresh and garden pond water. Strongly chelated copper will only be partly or not at all detected. Keep out of reach of children. Not for consumption.
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The All Seas Marine Inc SI009
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

All Seas Marine Inc SI009 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. But it is accurate and convenient as is. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
3.3


(7 Points)

7. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 603C
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

8. Red Sea Reef Foundation Test Kit - Calcium, Alkalinity & Magnesium

User Ratings: 78 6

Red Sea 306027 First Impressions

"Was good for 3 years."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read.

  • Red Sea Reef Foundation Test Kit - Calcium, Alkalinity & Magnesium
  • Saltwater Reef Foundation Pro Multi Test Kit
  • Includes High Accuracy Titration Tests For The Accurate Measurement Of The Elements Calcium, Magnesium And Alkalinity (KHz)
  • All of these elements need to be available in balanced proportions for sustainable successful coral health and growth
  • This Test Kit Enables Accurate Dosing Of The Reef Foundation Supplements
  • Test Kit Includes 5Ppm 75-Test Calcium Pro, 0. 05 Me/L 75-Test KHz/Alkalinity Pro And 20 Ppm 60-Test Magnesium Pro Tests
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 7.09 x 3.54 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306027
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Red Sea 306027 Final Thoughts

"Hope this was useful."

I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I respect a company that backs their product.

Overall Score
4.5


(401 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. Hanna Instruments Two Pack HI772-26 (HI755-26) Alkalinity Checker Reagent for 50 tests

User Ratings: 89 1

Hanna Instruments First Impressions

"So read the instructions."

I have some pretty lousy water where I live. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit.

  • Hanna Instruments Two Pack HI772-26 (HI755-26) Alkalinity Checker Reagent for 50 tests
  • This reagent works with both the 755 & 772 Hanna checker. It may come with the tag 755-26 or 772-26, both reagents work with both checkers
  • Pre-made reagents for ease of use. Prepared with high purity chemicals.
  • Marked with expiration date and lot number for traceability.
  • Small size, big convenience.
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hanna Instruments Final Thoughts

"I kid you not."

But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. First and second test have a little change which was expected. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. But after last night these are a must have for me.

Overall Score
4.8


(200 Points)

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