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!
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

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

[star rating="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 [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(103 Points)

3. Salifert AMPT Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 73 4

Salifert AMPT First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. I have not found that to be true for myself. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium.

  • Salifert AMPT Ammonia Test Kit
  • Fast, easy, and accurate
  • Kit includes test vial, measuring syringe, and reagent
  • Approximately 50 tests per kit
  • Top choice of Aquarium Professionals worldwide
  • Made in holland
  • Manufacture: RPDFE
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 3.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert AMPT
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Salifert AMPT Final Thoughts

"00 becomes 40."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(153 Points)

4. 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 [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(103 Points)

5. NYOS Phosphate (PO4) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 55

NYOS First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

It you take it to a local fish store. Every test I do takes just a few drops. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet.

  • NYOS Phosphate (PO4) 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.
  • Measurement Range: 0.025–1.0 mg/l PO4
  • 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; 5.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NYOS
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

NYOS Final Thoughts

"Love the convenience."

Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. 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. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(21 Points)

6. Hanna Instruments HI758 Marine Calcium Checker Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 76 5

Hanna Instruments HI 758 First Impressions

"Thank you."

This is essential for an accurate reading. Some of the readings develop better than others. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes.

  • Hanna Instruments HI758 Marine Calcium Checker Test Kit - Saltwater Aquariums
  • Easier to use and more accurate than chemical test kits, less expensive than professional testing
  • Accuracy +/-6 % of reading at 25 degree C / 77 degree F
  • Large LCD screen for readability
  • Auto shut-off to extend battery life
  • Operated by a single AAA battery
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4 x 2 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments HI 758
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Hanna Instruments HI 758 Final Thoughts

"Using this meter is easy."

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. The test strips work as advertised. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. You mostly find them using API also. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I like API products and find them the most accurate.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(261 Points)

7. Tetra Pond 19542 Test Strips 6N1 25Pk

User Ratings: 80 4

Tetra Pond 19542 First Impressions

"Just sayin'."

But it is accurate and convenient as is. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use.

  • Tetra Pond 19542 Test Strips 6N1 25Pk
  • Indicates nitrate
  • nitrite
  • general hardness
  • alkalinity
  • and pH levels
  • Item Weight: 1.44 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra Pond 19542
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Tetra Pond 19542 Final Thoughts

"Was good for 3 years."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I have not found that to be true for myself. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(69 Points)

8. 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 [star rating='2.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.6']

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

[star rating="3.2"]
(11 Points)

9. HI772-26 HI755-26 Alkalinity Checker Reagent (25 Tests) - Hanna Instruments

User Ratings: 84 1

Hanna Instruments First Impressions

"Thank you."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. So I got these to try and I love them. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading.

  • HI772-26 HI755-26 Alkalinity Checker Reagent (25 Tests) - Hanna Instruments
  • 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 and big convenience.
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Part Number: HI 772-26
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 2.39 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Hanna Instruments Final Thoughts

"Perfect for quick checks."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. The key is that you are looking for changes.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(107 Points)

10. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21525 Marine Care Test Kit for Aquarium

User Ratings: 79 6

Red Sea 306030 First Impressions

"Exactly as pictured."

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. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21525 Marine Care Test Kit for Aquarium
  • Marine care test kit includes all of the main kits you need to run a healthy marine aquarium
  • Allowing you to easily monitor the nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, pH and alkalinity levels
  • The easy-to-use tests come with simple instructions and color charts
  • 100 Ammonia test with accuracy of 0. 02 ppm, 100 and 60 nitrate test with accuracy of 2 ppm and 0. 05 ppm
  • 100 pH test with accuracy of 0. 2 ppm, 55 alkalinity test with accuracy of 1 dKH/0. 36 meq/L
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.51 x 6.69 x 3.15 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306030
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Red Sea 306030 Final Thoughts

"Worked great."

Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. 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. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(236 Points)

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