Editor's Choice - Our Favorite PetSure! Aquarium Test Kits

1. PetSure! Test Strips 60ct - Blood Glucose Testing for Cats and Dogs - Works with AlphaTrak and Alpha...

User Ratings: 68 11

PetSure! First Impressions

"Super easy to use."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. But after last night these are a must have for me. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing.

  • PetSure! Test Strips 60ct - Blood Glucose Testing for Cats and Dogs - Works with AlphaTrak and AlphaTrak2 Meters
  • 60 Test Strips
  • Use with AlphaTRAK and AlphaTRAK2 meters
  • For blood glucose testing on dogs and cats
  • Manufacture: PharmaTech Solutions, Inc.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PetSure!
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PetSure! Final Thoughts

"Used the same kit before."

These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good.

Overall Score
4.2


(355 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated PetSure! Aquarium Test Kits

2. PetSure! Test Strips 60ct - Pack of 2 - Blood Glucose Testing for Cats and Dogs - Works with AlphaTr...

User Ratings: 71 10

PetSure! First Impressions

"Exactly as pictured."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. I don't know so much about how precise these are. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use.

  • PetSure! Test Strips 60ct - Pack of 2 - Blood Glucose Testing for Cats and Dogs - Works with AlphaTrak and AlphaTrak2 Meters
  • 120 Test Strips
  • Use with AlphaTRAK and AlphaTRAK2 Meters
  • For blood glucose testing on dogs and cats
  • Manufacture: PharmaTech Solutions, Inc.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PetSure!
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

PetSure! Final Thoughts

"Perfect for quick checks."

I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. It is easy to use and accurate enough. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial.

Overall Score
4.3


(103 Points)

3. Ecological Labs Carbonate Alkalinity KH Test Kit

User Ratings: 62 9

Ecological Labs TESTKH First Impressions

"Easy to use."

I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Some of the readings develop better than others. No issues so far, test strips work well.

  • Ecological Labs Carbonate Alkalinity KH Test Kit
  • Uses oxygen power to break down unsightly debris
  • It is especially helpful on streams and waterfalls
  • It oxidizes and detoxifies to help prevent pond odors
  • Manufacture: BFG Supply
  • Item Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ecological Labs TESTKH
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Ecological Labs TESTKH Final Thoughts

"It's very easy to do."

Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

Overall Score
4.2


(14 Points)

4. BOSIKE Aquarium Test Strips, Fish Tank/Freshwater/Saltwater/Pond Testing Kit for Variety of Water Pa...

User Ratings: 70 3

BOSIKE First Impressions

"YES, it's accurate."

Overall, I am very happy with this kit. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use.

  • BOSIKE Aquarium Test Strips, Fish Tank/Freshwater/Saltwater/Pond Testing Kit for Variety of Water Parameters, Nitrate Nitrite Chlorine Carbonate Hardness and pH or Ammonia
  • FAST AND ACCURATE: Just dip a strip into water for 2 seconds and then remove it. Hold the strip horizontally for 60 seconds. Compare with color chart and read within 90 seconds.
  • WIDELY APPLICATIONS: These strips are widely used for Tropical Fish Tank ,Breeder Tank, Pond, Betta Tank, Shrimp Tank and other water aquarium. Researches show that you should test your aquarium water at least twice a week, so you can test your aquarium water quality at regular intervals!
  • EFFECTIVE EXTEND SHELF LIFE: These test papers are packaged in a well-sealed bottle to ensure the strips store for 2 years.
  • HIGH PRECISION RESULTS: Each test strip is made of high quality fiber paper and NO COLOR BLEEDING pad that provides instant and reliable result.
  • AFFORDABLE 6 IN 1 TESTING KIT: You can monitor your water quality by yourself about Total Hardness, Nitrate, Nitrite, Cl2, Carbonate and pH at a time.
  • Manufacture: BOSIKE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BOSIKE
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BOSIKE Final Thoughts

"It's very easy to do."

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

Overall Score
4.4


(360 Points)

5. 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
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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)

6. Tetra EasyStrips Complete Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 73 4

Tetra 19544 First Impressions

"Would buy again for sure!"

But after last night these are a must have for me. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use.

  • Tetra EasyStrips Complete Aquarium Test Kit
  • ALL-IN-ONE TESTING KIT: Everything you need to test your aquarium water.
  • 7 DIFFERENT TESTS WITH 1 STRIP: Just one test monitors ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, water hardness, chlorine, alkalinity and pH levels.
  • VERSATILE: Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
  • CONVENIENT: Just dip into water, wait 60 seconds and read results.
  • USAGE: Use weekly to monitor aquarium water, after water changes or when adding new fish.
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 1.13 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19544
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
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Tetra 19544 Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. I like API products and find them the most accurate. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH.

Overall Score
4.5


(680 Points)

7. 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
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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)

8. Seachem Stability Fish Tank Stabilizer - For Freshwater and Marine Aquariums 250ml

User Ratings: 85 2

Seachem 116012607 First Impressions

"He perked right up."

I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The price is great for all these essential tests! Overall, I am very happy with this kit. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out!

  • Seachem Stability Fish Tank Stabilizer - For Freshwater and Marine Aquariums 250ml
  • TANK STABILIZATION: Seachem Stability will rapidly and safely establish the aquarium biofilter in freshwater and marine systems, thereby preventing the #1 cause of fish death: "new tank syndrome".
  • TREATMENT: Stability is formulated specifically for the aquarium and contains a synergistic blend of aerobic, anaerobic, and facultative bacteria which facilitate the breakdown of waste organics, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate.
  • BACTERIA GROWTH: The necessary conditions for the growth of Stability's bacterial strains encompass a very broad range. When other bacteria begin to die off (usually from high organic loads caused by the unknown death of an organism), Stability simply becomes more effective.
  • USE: Shake Seachem Stability well before use and turn off UV/ozone filter. Use 1 capful (5 mL) for each 40 L (10 US gallons) on the first day with a new aquarium. Then use 1 capful for each 80 L (20 US gallons) daily for 7 days. Fish and other aquatic species may be introduced at any time as long as the dosage is maintained for 7 days.
  • SAFE: The bacteria employed by Stability are non-sulfur fixing and will not produce toxic hydrogen sulfide. Stability is completely harmless to all aquatic organisms as well as aquatic plants, thus there is no danger of overuse.
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Item Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116012607
  • Test Accuracy
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Seachem 116012607 Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
4.7


(1018 Points)

9. Aquarium Test Tube Holder, Hand-Made Rack, with 6 Holes and 6 Drying Poles, customised for use with ...

User Ratings: 73 4

Tililly Concepts First Impressions

"Would buy again for sure!"

Overall, I am very happy with this kit. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

  • Aquarium Test Tube Holder, Hand-Made Rack, with 6 Holes and 6 Drying Poles, customised for use with Aquarium Test Tubes Including API Test Tubes, by Tililly Concepts
  • Manufacture: RSE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tililly Concepts
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Tililly Concepts Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I have not found that to be true for myself. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Quantity of strips seems very good. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0.

Overall Score
4.5


(120 Points)

10. 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
  • Test Accuracy
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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)

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