Editor's Choice - Our Favorite NilocG Aquatics Aquarium Test Kits

1. NilocG Aquatics Glass Co2 Drop Checker with 4dkh/PH Solution | Quickest, Most Accurate & Easiest to ...

User Ratings: 81 3

NilocG Aquatics First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. No issues so far, test strips work well. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. These are working very well for me. This is essential for an accurate reading. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok.

  • NilocG Aquatics Glass Co2 Drop Checker with 4dkh/PH Solution | Quickest, Most Accurate & Easiest to Use Glass Co2 Drop Checker with 4dKH/Ph Reagent Most Accurate Monitoring of Your Co2 Levels
  • WHY SHOULD YOU PURCHASE THIS DROP CHECKER AND INDICATOR SOLUTION: The biggest reason is that it comes with 4dKH fluid and ph reagent PRE-MIXED. If you aren’t using 4dkh fluid your reading is very unlikely to be accurate. Second this drop checker is very easy to use and fill. No need for syringes and other items, the indicator solution comes with a flip top bottle for extremely easy use.
  • IMPORTANT- MUST READ- It is very important to use 4dkh fluid and ph reagent in your Co2 drop checker. If your drop checker directs you to use tank water then it will not be accurate and you will not have a good idea of what the actual co2 levels are. If your co2 drop checker doesnt list 4dkh fluid then assume you dont have it. Its a must have for optimum accuracy!!!!!!!
  • Highest Quality Co2 Drop Checker With 4dKH/PH solution. Monitoring co2 levels in your planted aquarium is very important for the health of your plants and fish. This kit is complete with everything that you will need. It includes: High quality drop checker, suction cup, 60ml bottle of 4dkh/ph reagent solution.
  • EXTREMELY EASY TO USE CO2 DROP CHECKER- To use simply fill the drop checker half way with the Co2 Indicator Solution. Place suction cup on the drop checker and place in your planted tank. Wait 2 hours to read Co2 levels.
  • HOW TO READ CO2 DROP CHECKER- When your co2 is off the drop checker solution will be a deep blue color. After co2 has been on for around 2 hours you should notice the color change. Optimal co2 concentration will be at 30ppm which will be a green-light green color. If it remains blue your co2 is too low. If the color turns yellow then your levels are too high and may harm your fish. USE THE COLOR CHART ON THE SIDE OF THE CO2 INDICATOR SOLUTION or ON THE PRODUCT INSERT-
  • Manufacture: NilocG Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 3.4 x 3.3 inches; 3.99 Ounces
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NilocG Aquatics Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

Overall Score
4.7


(729 Points)

2. Fresh/Salt Carbonate Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 5

API 0317163010594 First Impressions

"Good value."

Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Every test I do takes just a few drops. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7.

  • Fresh/Salt Carbonate Test Kit
  • Liquid test for fresh and saltwater
  • Helps detect stress on fish caused by rapid pH shifts, the result of low KH levels
  • Contains color chart, clear instructions and glass tube(s)
  • Package Quantity 1
  • Manufacture: Mars
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API 0317163010594 Final Thoughts

"Like nuclear waste water."

No issues so far, test strips work well. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. 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.

Overall Score
4.5


(31 Points)

3. Red Sea Phosphate/PO4 Pro Test Kit - 100 Tests

User Ratings: 49 33

Red Sea First Impressions

"Thank you."

To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Some of the readings develop better than others. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well!

  • Red Sea Phosphate/PO4 Pro Test Kit - 100 Tests
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
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Red Sea Final Thoughts

"Bought the 100 Count."

I have not found that to be true for myself. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. But it is accurate and convenient as is.

Overall Score
3.1


(5 Points)

4. Red Sea Marine Test Kit Nitrate/Nitrite, 50/50 tests

User Ratings: 77

Red Sea Fish pHarm FBA_63321465 First Impressions

"So they're measuring!"

If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests.

  • Red Sea Marine Test Kit Nitrate/Nitrite, 50/50 tests
  • Marine care program nitrate/nitrite combi-test kit
  • Provides 50 nitrate plus 50 nitrite advanced colorimetric tests for marine aquariums
  • Its accuracy of 0.05 ppm or 2 ppm
  • Performs 50/50 tests
  • It range is 0-1 ppm or 0-250 ppm
  • Manufacture: Red Sea Fish Pharm
  • Product Dimensions: 4.75 x 3.25 x 2 inches; 5.6 Ounces
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Red Sea Fish pHarm FBA_63321465 Final Thoughts

"Worked great."

It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that.

Overall Score
4.6


(23 Points)

5. SimplexHealth Home Water Test Kit 3-in-One (5 Strips) - Drinking Water, Ponds, Aquariums for Total H...

User Ratings: 42 5

SimplexHealth First Impressions

"Let me explain."

If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. I have some pretty lousy water where I live.

  • SimplexHealth Home Water Test Kit 3-in-One (5 Strips) - Drinking Water, Ponds, Aquariums for Total Hardness, Total Alkalinity and pH
  • Each bag contains 5 test strips, which are ideal for use in aquariums, aquacultures, ponds, drinking water, lakes and streams.
  • Test for Nitrate, Nitrite, Total Hardness, Total Alkalinity and pH
  • Simple, Fast and Accurate
  • Results on the spot
  • Manufacture: SimplexHealth
  • Item Weight: 0.704 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 1.57 x 1.57 inches
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SimplexHealth Final Thoughts

"Great magnesium test kit."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. But after last night these are a must have for me. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on.

Overall Score
3.8


(64 Points)

6. HMT General Kit

User Ratings: 60 17

Osumex OSUMEX-HMT First Impressions

"Great magnesium test kit."

I respect a company that backs their product. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I like API products and find them the most accurate. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip.

  • HMT General Kit
  • Test for a range of 8 toxic heavy metals in any clear solution
  • Cadmium Cobalt Copper Lead Manganese Mercury Nickel Zinc
  • Easy to use at home with simple instructions giving results in minutes
  • Accurate results verified by an independent laboratory Kemetco Research Lab
  • Manufacture: Osumex
  • Product Dimensions: 3.13 x 1.64 x 0.09 inches; 0.64 Ounces
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Osumex OSUMEX-HMT Final Thoughts

"Bought the 100 Count."

It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. Always nice to get something extra!

Overall Score
4.0


(81 Points)

7. 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
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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)

8. Sera Phosphate-Test (PO4) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 72 4

Sera 4930 First Impressions

"Great strips."

But it turns out that is not the case. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I have not had any problem whatsoever. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The price is great for all these essential tests! And if it was, please click on the helpful button below.

  • Sera Phosphate-Test (PO4) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums as well as ponds
  • Very accurate
  • Easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.89 Ounces
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Sera 4930 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. They quickly shipped me a new product. I have not found that to be true for myself. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products.

Overall Score
4.4


(133 Points)

9. Pet Control HQ Dog & Cat Glucose Test Strips & Lancets (50 Each) Blood Sugar Glucometer System - Pet...

Pet Control HQ First Impressions

"Arrived with no damage."

Every test I do takes just a few drops. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. These are working very well for me. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

  • Pet Control HQ Dog & Cat Glucose Test Strips & Lancets (50 Each) Blood Sugar Glucometer System - Pet Diabetic Canine & Feline Insulin Monitoring - Fifty Test Set (Tester Device Not Included)
  • THE PET-FRIENDLY GLUCOSE TEST STRIPS: Glucose testing is hard on your furry friend (and you), which is why Pet Control HQ’s pet glucose test strips are designed to give you lab-accurate results with the least amount of blood of any brand available; Use them in your Pet Control HQ 2 Code-Chip Glucometer for testing that’s easy on pets who are not fans of being poked - in fact, many say their animals never even squirm or wiggle
  • LAB-ACCURATE RESULTS AT HOME: Pet parents who understand the risks of false blood glucose readings say that these Pet Control HQ cat and dog glucose test strips give them peace of mind that they’re getting lab-accurate readings for their pets (and avoiding the dangers of loved ones’ glucose levels dropping to ‘Lo’ or jumping to ‘Hi’)
  • ONE-HAND, NO-FLOP TEST STRIPS: Fans of our diabetes test strips for dogs & cats say the sturdy single-handed design avoids the bending and flopping of cheap strips by giving you a sturdy strip that inserts into the meter with one push so you can keep anxious and squirming pets calm, while enjoying lab-accurate results with just one hand
  • 2 CODE-CHIP TECHNOLOGY FOR DOGS AND CATS: Vets recommend Pet Control HQ strips and meters because of the 2 Code-Chip Technology (one for dogs, and one for cats); Unlike other options that use the same test strip for both cats and dogs, Pet Control HQ dog and cat glucose test strips have 2 Code-Chips (one calibrated for your pup, the other for your kitty) so you’ll enjoy lab-accurate readings in as little as 5 seconds
  • SAVE MONEY WITH BUNDLED STRIPS & LANCETS: The team at Pet Control HQ understands that buying glucometer strips can really add up (especially with bad readings from low-quality strips) which is why we’re proud to be the only company offering U.S.A. 50-count bundles of our lab-accurate test strips and lancets designed specifically for the Pet Control HQ Glucometer for Dogs & Cats - now you’ll never have to risk your loved one’s health just to save money
  • 0.6µL Droplet Strips: Requires the least amount of blood to end frustration
  • No-Flop Test Strips: Get lab-accurate results with just one hand
  • Single-Test Tech: Ends pup or kitty stress over multiple pokes
  • Manufacture: Pet Control HQ
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Pet Control HQ Final Thoughts

"I kid you not."

Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. I have not had any problem whatsoever. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial.

Overall Score
5.0


(7 Points)

10. Deepwater Aquatics AF01910 Test

User Ratings: 69

Deepwater Aquatics AF01910 First Impressions

"Two packages were inside."

I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. Quantity of strips seems very good.

  • Deepwater Aquatics AF01910 Test
  • Quickly measure the conentraion of Calcium in marine water
  • Recommended Calcium level should be maintained in the range between 400-450 mg/l (ppm)
  • Test Kit contains sufficient reagents to perform approx. 55-60 separate tests within that range.
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 5.12 x 1.97 inches; 6.4 Ounces
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Deepwater Aquatics AF01910 Final Thoughts

"And I will."

Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. I like API products and find them the most accurate. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
4.7


(12 Points)

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