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
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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. OEM TOOLS 27266 Master Compression Test Kit, 1 Pack

User Ratings: 56

OEM TOOLS 27266 First Impressions

"Worked great."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet.

  • OEM TOOLS 27266 Master Compression Test Kit, 1 Pack
  • Includes (1) 2-1/2" Gauge with Dual Scale 0-300 Psi and 0-20 Bar and (1) 1-1/2" Gauge with Single Scale 0-200 Psi and 10" Extension with Quick Connect and Protective Boot
  • M14 Hoses: (1) Short Thread and (1) Long Thread
  • M18 Hose with Short Threads
  • M10, M12 and M18 Solid Adapters
  • Extra O-Rings and Valve Cores
  • Manufacture: OEMTOOLS
  • Item Weight: 4.15 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 14.7 x 2.2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The OEM TOOLS 27266
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

OEM TOOLS 27266 Final Thoughts

"I kid you not."

32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Quantity of strips seems very good. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. I have not found that to be true for myself. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
4.6


(2 Points)

3. AquaticHI Aquarium Refractometer for Saltwater/Brackish/Marine/Reef Tank Testing, Automatic Temperat...

User Ratings: 74 4

AquaticHI First Impressions

"This is my water."

I respect a company that backs their product. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. The key is that you are looking for changes. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. I have not found that to be true for myself.

  • AquaticHI Aquarium Refractometer for Saltwater/Brackish/Marine/Reef Tank Testing, Automatic Temperature Control, Salinity (0-100ppt) and Specific Gravity (1.000-1.070)
  • ⭐️ DUAL SCALE REFRACTOMETER: Measures in Salinity 0 - 100ppt and Specific Gravity 1.000 - 1.070
  • ⭐️ IDEAL APPLICATIONS: Aquariums, Marine Monitoring, Agricultural, Gardening & Educational Purposes (Biology Projects)
  • ⭐️ AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION (ATC): Automated to provide accurate measurements even with temperature fluctuations
  • ⭐️ AFFORDABLE high quality while providing ⭐️ PROFESSIONAL testing equipment standards, accurate even at low salt levels
  • ⭐️ STANDARD PACKAGE INCLUDES: 1 Refractometer, 1 Hard Carrying Case, 1 Calibrating Screw Driver, 1 Pippet, 1 Cleaning Clothe, 1 Instruction Manual
  • Manufacture: Center Optoelectronics Technology Company Limited
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaticHI
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaticHI Final Thoughts

"Strips work great!"

Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It is easy to use and accurate enough. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe.

Overall Score
4.5


(101 Points)

4. 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
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

5. EASYTEST 6-Way Aquarium Test Strips for Freshwater, Fast and Accurate Quality Testing for Nitrate, N...

User Ratings: 73 5

EASYTEST First Impressions

"Was good for 3 years."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. Every test I do takes just a few drops. It is easy to use and accurate enough. But it is accurate and convenient as is. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. It you take it to a local fish store. I respect a company that backs their product.

  • EASYTEST 6-Way Aquarium Test Strips for Freshwater, Fast and Accurate Quality Testing for Nitrate, Nitrite, General Hardness, Free Chlorine, PH, Carbonate. 100 Counts
  • TEST FOR 6 PARAMETERS: Nitrite, Nitrate, General Hardness, PH, Free Chlorine, Carbonate
  • FAST&EASY: No need to shake strip after dipping into water,just one single dip in the water for 2 seconds and then remove it. Hold the strip horizontally for 60 seconds, compare with color chart on bottle to get accurate results of your water quality.
  • ACCURATE RESULTS: EASYTEST test strips are made of high-quality fiber paper and specially designed as 6mm width to ensure color pads have better contact with water, so the strips will provide instant and reliable result for AQUARIUMS, FISH TANKS and PONDS.
  • LONG SHELF LIFE: 100 Stripes In total. 50 in Bottle. 50 refills in sealed moisture-proof foil bag to ensure the stripes can be stored for 2 years.
  • TESTING TIPS: It is important to test often to verify good water quality for your fish. Test weekly with EASYTEST aquarium 6 in 1 test strips, you can determine water values quickly, safely and easily. Please contact customer support for any questions.
  • It is important to test your aquarium water weekly to verify good quality.
  • The whole set contains one barrel and a refill pack, 100 strips in total.
  • Manufacture: EASYTEST
  • Product Dimensions: 4.69 x 2.13 x 2.13 inches; 2.47 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The EASYTEST
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

EASYTEST Final Thoughts

"Thank you!"

Quantity of strips seems very good. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Every test I do takes just a few drops. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. I mean some people would never do a water test at all.

Overall Score
4.5


(64 Points)

6. E-SHA Esha Quick Test Aquarium Water 5 in 1 Test Strips X 50

User Ratings: 69 3

E-SHA First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

No issues so far, test strips work well. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

  • E-SHA Esha Quick Test Aquarium Water 5 in 1 Test Strips X 50
  • Saves time.
  • Easy to use.
  • Accuracy
  • 300 tests
  • Don't be tempted to skip testing, just let the strips take the strain instead!
  • Manufacture: eSHa
  • Editor's Impressions Of The E-SHA
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

E-SHA Final Thoughts

"Worked pretty well."

Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips.

Overall Score
4.5


(69 Points)

7. Tetratest Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 51 49

Tetra Pond First Impressions

"Quick and easy use."

It you take it to a local fish store. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate.

  • Tetratest Ammonia Test Kit
  • Tetra Second Nature #16617 Ammonia Test Kit
  • TETRA SECOND NATURE
  • Manufacture: Tetra (TetraPond)
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 3.8 x 1.4 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra Pond
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra Pond Final Thoughts

"Gives me peace of mind."

The test strips work as advertised. I have not had any problem whatsoever. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips.

Overall Score
3.0


(2 Points)

8. ULTIMATE 14-in-1 Aquarium Test Kit with Trace Heavy Metals | 50 Water Testing Strips for Fresh-Water...

User Ratings: 55 14

life2O 1530100012 First Impressions

"Two packages were inside."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

  • ULTIMATE 14-in-1 Aquarium Test Kit with Trace Heavy Metals | 50 Water Testing Strips for Fresh-Water or Salt-Water Aquarium, Fish-Tank, Reef & Pond | Alkalinity, pH, Nitrate, Carbonate Hardness & More
  • [PROFESSIONAL GRADE] Our Aquarium Dip-Stick Test Strips, with 99% High Accuracy Color Pads, Are a Rapid, Reliable & Cost Effective way to Perform Aquarium Maintenance | FREE e-Book Emailed with Your Purchase.
  • [TRACE HEAVY METALS] The Best Aquatic Life Water Tester PERIOD. The Only One That Measures Trace Heavy Metals & Low Range Fluoride Levels Which Are Hidden Parameters That Adversely Affect Marine, Coral & Plant Health.
  • [14 PARAMETERS] The Most Complete Aquarium Test Kit Available: Total Alkalinity, pH, General Total Hardness (GH), Carbonate Hardness (KH), Free Chlorine, Nitrate, Nitrite, Mercury, Lead, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Zinc & Fluoride
  • [ARE YOUR FISH SAFE?] Bad Water Quality Causes Fish Stress Which Leads to Death. Monitor Your Aquarium Now!
  • [EASY TO USE] Simple Instructions with Dip & Read Visual Results in 60 Seconds & Straightforward Color Chart.
  • Manufacture: life2O
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 5.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The life2O 1530100012
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life2O 1530100012 Final Thoughts

"After 2 weeks of 0-."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I like API products and find them the most accurate. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I have not found that to be true for myself. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious.

Overall Score
3.9


(237 Points)

9. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Osumex OSUMEX-HMT
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

10. Seachem MultiTest - Marine pH/Alkalinity - 75 Tests

User Ratings: 46 13

Seachem 116094009 First Impressions

"Especially for the price!"

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. They quickly shipped me a new product. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-.

  • Seachem MultiTest - Marine pH/Alkalinity - 75 Tests
  • 75 Tests
  • For Marine or high PH freshwater
  • Unique dye that has a pronounced color change between 8.0 and 8.3
  • Multi-cavity plate for simultaneous testing of up to 6 tests at the same time
  • Includes reference for test validation
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.3 x 2.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116094009
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Seachem 116094009 Final Thoughts

"Hope this was useful."

These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. This is essential for an accurate reading. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle.

Overall Score
3.8


(11 Points)

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