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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  • Value For Money
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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. Salifert Magnesium (MG) Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 3

Salifert 8714079130422 First Impressions

"Nice product."

Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. It does take some time though to actually get it done. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Salifert Magnesium (MG) Test Kit
  • The magnesium test kit effectively tests and provides a balanced magnesium aquarium
  • The magnesium test kit can perform up to 50 tests
  • The test will measure accurate steps of color change in tank
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 0.5 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Part Number: SI017
  • Item Weight: 3.98 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches
  • Color: Original version
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130422
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Salifert 8714079130422 Final Thoughts

"Best strips ever."

I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. These are working very well for me. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

Overall Score
4.6


(527 Points)

4. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21455 Marine Care Program pH/Alkalinity Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 63

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306024 First Impressions

"Love the convenience."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. They quickly shipped me a new product. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21455 Marine Care Program pH/Alkalinity Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Marine care program ph. /alkalinity test kit
  • Includes an accurate titration test for KH and a colorimetric test for pH for monitoring
  • These essential parameters in all marine aquariums
  • Its accuracy of 0. 2 ppm; performs 100 tests
  • It range is 7. 6ppm-8. 6ppm
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1.97 x 0.79 x 1.18 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306024
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306024 Final Thoughts

"This is my water."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. But after last night these are a must have for me. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy.

Overall Score
4.3


(23 Points)

5. Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitor (3 Pack)

User Ratings: 72 10

Seachem 10 First Impressions

"Great strips."

This is essential for an accurate reading. It is easy to use and accurate enough. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds.

  • Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitor (3 Pack)
  • 3 Pack of Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitors
  • Lasts Over A Year
  • Small And Unobtrusive
  • No water sampling
  • No Chemicals
  • Manufacture: Seachem
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 1 x 3.3 inches; 0.63 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 10
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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Seachem 10 Final Thoughts

"Worth the money."

6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I have not found that to be true for myself. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
4.3


(120 Points)

6. Freshwater Aquarium Test Strips 6 in 1 - Fish Tank Test Kit for Testing pH Nitrite Nitrate Chlorine ...

User Ratings: 91

AQUA CARE PRO First Impressions

"This is a good item."

Quantity of strips seems very good. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. So I got these to try and I love them.

  • Freshwater Aquarium Test Strips 6 in 1 - Fish Tank Test Kit for Testing pH Nitrite Nitrate Chlorine General & Carbonate Hardness (GH & KH) - Easy to Read Wide Strips & Full Water Testing Guide - 18 Ct
  • KEEP YOUR AQUARIUM OR POND HEALTHY - Monitoring your aquarium’s water quality is the most important thing for keeping tropical fish healthy and vibrant, and your tank looking beautiful.
  • QUICK & EASY TO USE - Designed by experts, this 6 in 1 freshwater aquarium test kit is fast and easier to use than liquid test kits. Aqua Care Pro strips are wider and have non-bleeding colors, making them easier to hold, dip, and read.
  • DESIGNED FOR AQUARIUMS AND PONDS - Aqua Care Pro strips test for General Hardness (GH), Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, Carbonate Hardness (KH), and Chlorine. The test results are in the proper range for aquarium and pond keeping.
  • ECONOMICAL PACKAGING - Why buy more strips than you need? This kit includes 12 + 6 strips for monthly testing (one year’s supply + 6 extra strips). Each strip is individually sealed to maintain freshness.
  • 24/7 CUSTOMER SUPPORT - The test kit includes detailed instructions for testing, understanding your results, and an e-book with helpful tips written by 30+ year industry experts. You’ll also have 24/7 access to our expert US-based aquatic biologists.
  • Manufacture: Health Metric
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA CARE PRO
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AQUA CARE PRO Final Thoughts

"It's that easy."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. Every test I do takes just a few drops. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness.

Overall Score
4.8


(17 Points)

7. Osumex Bacteria Test kit for Water

Osumex First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. It does take some time though to actually get it done. I respect a company that backs their product. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. So off to buy some sponge filters I went!

  • Osumex Bacteria Test kit for Water
  • Test water for the presence of coliform bacteria
  • Easy to use with results in 48 hours after start of test
  • Purple indicates a negative result while yellow indicates a positive result
  • If test is positive, water is not safe to consume and may have to be treated prior
  • This test is a screening test only and cannot be used as a definitive result for the safety of the water for consumption
  • Manufacture: Osumex
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 0.98 x 6.3 inches; 0.53 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Osumex
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  • Value For Money
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Osumex Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

8. 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
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  • Value For Money
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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)

9. 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)

10. Red Sea MCP Phosphate (PO4) Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums, Packing may vary

User Ratings: 63

MCP 21480 First Impressions

"Simple and easy to use."

Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. It you take it to a local fish store. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect.

  • Red Sea MCP Phosphate (PO4) Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums, Packing may vary
  • Red Sea Phosphate Test Kit Includes 100 tests.
  • Measurement of Phosphate in your aquarium to an accuracy of 0. 1ppm PO4.
  • For Saltwater/Reef/Marine Aquariums Only.
  • Country of Origin: CHINA
  • Age Range Description: All Stages
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2.5 inches; 3.99 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MCP 21480
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MCP 21480 Final Thoughts

"Great strips."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc.

Overall Score
4.2


(10 Points)

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