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. 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)

3. TestSure 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit - Aquarium Test Strips pH, Nitrates, Nitrites, Carbonate General H...

User Ratings: 65 12

TestSure First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything.

  • TestSure 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit - Aquarium Test Strips pH, Nitrates, Nitrites, Carbonate General Hardness (50 Strips/Bottle)
  • 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit (50 test strips per bottle)
  • 99% Accurate, Independently Tested, Scientifically Proven
  • Aquarium test strips are easy to use, results in less than 5 minutes
  • Comes with Test Sure’s 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Aquarium test for ph, Nitrites, Nitrates, Carbonate, and General Hardness
  • Manufacture: TS56
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TestSure
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

TestSure Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. No issues so far, test strips work well. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
4.1


(23 Points)

4. TETRA EasyStrips Ammonia Aquarium Test Strips, 100-Count

User Ratings: 78 3

Tetra 19541 First Impressions

"Hope this was useful."

But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc.

  • TETRA EasyStrips Ammonia Aquarium Test Strips, 100-Count
  • AMMONIA TESTING Regularly testing your water ammonia levels is critical to the success of your aquarium
  • VERSATILE Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • CONVENIENT Just dip into water wait 10 seconds and read results
  • COMPATIBLE WITH TETRA MY aquarium APP Get instant water care product recommendations based on testing results
  • USAGE Use when setting up a new aquarium after water changes or as needed
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.81 x 1.81 x 3.75 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19541
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 19541 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. This is essential for an accurate reading. No one brand is going to guarantee against this.

Overall Score
4.6


(509 Points)

5. API 5 in 1 Test Strips Water Conditioner for Aquariums, 4 Count by API

User Ratings: 34

API First Impressions

"Fast result."

The test strips work as advertised. This is essential for an accurate reading. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • API 5 in 1 Test Strips Water Conditioner for Aquariums, 4 Count by API
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

API Final Thoughts

"Great test kit!"

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle.

Overall Score
4.0


(3 Points)

6. 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
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

7. PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit

User Ratings: 40 33

Pondcare 65L First Impressions

"Worked pretty well."

You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. So I got these to try and I love them. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. 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. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • PondCare Mars Copper Test Kit
  • Fresh/saltwater Copper Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Pondcare
  • Item Weight: 2.11 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 7 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pondcare 65L
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pondcare 65L Final Thoughts

"Helps keep my fish happy."

They quickly shipped me a new product. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The key is that you are looking for changes. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. The test strips work as advertised. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness.

Overall Score
3.2


(11 Points)

8. AquaticHI Aquarium Refractometer for Saltwater/Brackish/Marine/Reef Tank Testing, Automatic Temperat...

User Ratings: 74 4

AquaticHI First Impressions

"This is my water."

I respect a company that backs their product. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. The key is that you are looking for changes. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. I have not found that to be true for myself.

  • AquaticHI Aquarium Refractometer for Saltwater/Brackish/Marine/Reef Tank Testing, Automatic Temperature Control, Salinity (0-100ppt) and Specific Gravity (1.000-1.070)
  • ⭐️ DUAL SCALE REFRACTOMETER: Measures in Salinity 0 - 100ppt and Specific Gravity 1.000 - 1.070
  • ⭐️ IDEAL APPLICATIONS: Aquariums, Marine Monitoring, Agricultural, Gardening & Educational Purposes (Biology Projects)
  • ⭐️ AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION (ATC): Automated to provide accurate measurements even with temperature fluctuations
  • ⭐️ AFFORDABLE high quality while providing ⭐️ PROFESSIONAL testing equipment standards, accurate even at low salt levels
  • ⭐️ STANDARD PACKAGE INCLUDES: 1 Refractometer, 1 Hard Carrying Case, 1 Calibrating Screw Driver, 1 Pippet, 1 Cleaning Clothe, 1 Instruction Manual
  • Manufacture: Center Optoelectronics Technology Company Limited
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaticHI
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaticHI Final Thoughts

"Strips work great!"

Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It is easy to use and accurate enough. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe.

Overall Score
4.5


(101 Points)

9. Decdeal Aquarium CO2 Glass Drop Checker PH Long Term Monitor Fish Tank Test Kit

User Ratings: 41

Decdeal First Impressions

"Nice product."

This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. First and second test have a little change which was expected. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes.

  • Decdeal Aquarium CO2 Glass Drop Checker PH Long Term Monitor Fish Tank Test Kit
  • Maintaining proper Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels in the planted.
  • Aquarium is one of the important factors in the health of the planted aquarium ecosystem.
  • A CO2 drop checker is an essential tool for monitoring CO2 levels in the aquarium.
  • The CO2 drop checker is a reservoir designed to contain an indicator solution and an airspace.
  • Long term monitor CO2 the color show: blue - insufficient CO2, green - sufficient CO2, yellow - excess CO2.
  • Manufacture: Decdeal
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Decdeal
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Decdeal Final Thoughts

"Was working great."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. They quickly shipped me a new product. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price.

Overall Score
4.4


(5 Points)

10. SENEYE Reef Aquarium Monitor and Par Meter

User Ratings: 46 18

Seneye SEN000048 First Impressions

"Easy to read."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read.

  • SENEYE Reef Aquarium Monitor and Par Meter
  • Manufacture: Seneye
  • Product Dimensions: 7.87 x 5.91 x 1.97 inches; 8.11 Ounces
  • Batteries: 3 Product Specific batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seneye SEN000048
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Seneye SEN000048 Final Thoughts

"This is a good item."

I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial.

Overall Score
3.6


(80 Points)

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