Editor's Choice - Our Favorite RUNBO Aquarium Test Kits

1. RUNBO 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips - NO STOCK

User Ratings: 71 4

RUNBO First Impressions

"Fast result."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. But it is accurate and convenient as is. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

  • RUNBO 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips - NO STOCK
  • PLEASE NOTICE: All RUNBO test strips from Morusstudio(It used to be called SHOPBESTCOLLETION) is fake
  • The real look of RUNBO test strips, please see as picture.
  • The Standard Specification of RUNBO test strips is 50 in the bottle, 50 in a refill bag
  • Manufacture: RUNBO
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 2.17 x 2.17 inches; 2.08 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The RUNBO
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RUNBO Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. But it is accurate and convenient as is. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
4.5


(913 Points)

2. Zoetis 14535 Alphatrak II Test Strips 50's

User Ratings: 79 1

Zoetis 14535 First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below.

  • Zoetis 14535 Alphatrak II Test Strips 50's
  • Monitors your pet's blood glucose
  • Use the same accurate device that your veterinarian uses
  • Easy to use
  • Manufacture: Lambert Vet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.85 x 1.5 inches; 0.81 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoetis 14535
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Zoetis 14535 Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it.

Overall Score
4.7


(484 Points)

3. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 79 3

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. This is essential for an accurate reading. These are working very well for me. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Magnesium Pro Test Kit Is An Advanced Titration Test
  • Measuring The Level Of Magnesium In Your Reef Aquarium To An Exceptionally High Accuracy Of 20 Ppm
  • Magnesium pro test kit boasts a new level of convenience for reef aquarium hobbyists
  • Routine And Precise Measurement Of Aquarium Magnesium Levels Is Essential For Successful Coral Reef Aquariums
  • This Advanced Magnesium Titration Test Kit Encourages Proper Testing Skills With Ease-Of-Use
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 1.97 x 3.15 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 Final Thoughts

"Let me explain."

Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I like API products and find them the most accurate. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I have not had any problem whatsoever. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0.

Overall Score
4.6


(59 Points)

4. API Replacement Test Tubes for Aquarium Test Kits 6 Pack Bundle

User Ratings: 87 3

API 5346906760 First Impressions

"So read the instructions."

This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

  • API Replacement Test Tubes for Aquarium Test Kits 6 Pack Bundle
  • Replacement Test Tubes compatible with the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (API) Test Kits
  • Includes caps
  • 6 Pack
  • Manufacture: API
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 5346906760
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API 5346906760 Final Thoughts

"They work for me."

This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. The price is great for all these essential tests! This is essential for an accurate reading. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops.

Overall Score
4.7


(279 Points)

5. API Pondcare Master Liquid Test Kit

User Ratings: 78 2

API 164M First Impressions

"Perfect for quick checks."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Some of the readings develop better than others.

  • API Pondcare Master Liquid Test Kit
  • Contains one (1) API POND MASTER TEST KIT Pond Water Test Kit 500-Test, including 6 bottles of testing solution, 3 color cards and 4 glass test tubes with cap
  • Helps monitor water quality and prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish
  • Measures ornamental pond pH balance, Ammonia content, Nitrite levels and Phosphate content
  • Contains six test bottles, instructions, glass test tubes and color charts for 500+ tests
  • Use weekly for monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
  • Manufacture: API
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.2 x 3.7 inches; 1.1 Pounds
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API 164M Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. But it turns out that is not the case. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. I like API products and find them the most accurate. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use.

Overall Score
4.7


(1210 Points)

6. Seachem MultiTest Copper Test Kit

User Ratings: 63 7

Seachem 116096607 First Impressions

"It's that easy."

The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. The key is that you are looking for changes. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness.

  • Seachem MultiTest Copper Test Kit
  • Performance driven at affordable prices
  • Made in the USA with quality materials
  • Field tested to ensure nothing but the best for your pet
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches; 0.81 Ounces
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Seachem 116096607 Final Thoughts

"To support my claim."

This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. I don't know so much about how precise these are. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites.

Overall Score
4.2


(221 Points)

7. Nutrafin Nitrate 0.0 to 110.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 80-Tests

User Ratings: 72 7

Nutrafin A7845 First Impressions

"A great kit!"

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. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Nutrafin Nitrate 0.0 to 110.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 80-Tests
  • Suitable for freshwater or marine aquariums to determine nitrate level (0.0-110.0 Mg/L)
  • Determines level of pollution in aquarium
  • Essential in monitoring your tanks water quality
  • Nitrate levels should be tested weekly
  • Easy to follow directions; Contains 80 tests
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nutrafin A7845
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Nutrafin A7845 Final Thoughts

"5 out of 5 stars."

I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. The key is that you are looking for changes. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. It does take some time though to actually get it done. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

Overall Score
4.4


(38 Points)

8. AquaCycle Large Aquaponics Fish-less Cycling Kit

User Ratings: 44

The Aquaponic Source ABAAS007 First Impressions

"Easy to use."

A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I like API products and find them the most accurate. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

  • AquaCycle Large Aquaponics Fish-less Cycling Kit
  • Establish nitrifying bacteria in your aquaponics system (a process called “cycling”) before adding fish
  • Powdered, soluble pure ammonia, powdered, soluble seaweed, and nitrifying bacteria are all included.
  • Detailed instructions of how the process works & how to fully cycle your system BEFORE adding fish.
  • Includes a Data Tracking Chart so you can follow your system's progress and spot problems early.
  • This kit has enough material to fully cycle systems with up to 500 gallons of water.
  • Manufacture: The Aquaponic Source
  • Item Weight: 3 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The The Aquaponic Source ABAAS007
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The Aquaponic Source ABAAS007 Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

Overall Score
3.9


(5 Points)

9. 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)

10. Mastitis Milk Cowside Home Test Indicators, Box of 30 Indicator Cards

User Ratings: 73 4

H W Naylor MI First Impressions

"I really enjoy this kit."

Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

  • Mastitis Milk Cowside Home Test Indicators, Box of 30 Indicator Cards
  • Mastitis indicators are safe and simple colormetric cow-side tests for mastitic milk, designed to test the milk from the corresponding quarter of the cows udder
  • A color-change blotter card reveals flakes and clots, and also tests for abnormally alkaline milk, all of which point to a mastitis infection
  • The depth of color is usually in direct proportion to the degree of mastitis infection
  • Many cases of mastitis in the early stages can be successfully treated. For the determination of curable cases and a course of treatment, consult a veterinarian
  • Unused testers should be kept in a clean, dry place away from light and stable odors
  • Manufacture: H W NAYLOR
  • Part Number: MI
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 1 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The H W Naylor MI
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H W Naylor MI Final Thoughts

"These strips are great."

But after last night these are a must have for me. These are working very well for me. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff.

Overall Score
4.5


(50 Points)

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