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 [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

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

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

2. Fluval CO2 Indicator Kit

User Ratings: 61 7

Fluval A7551 First Impressions

"Bought the 100 Count."

And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. I don't know so much about how precise these are. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button!

  • Fluval CO2 Indicator Kit
  • Monitors levels of CO2 in aquariums
  • Provides accurate dosing of CO2
  • Ensures fish and plants live in a healthy environment
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 4 x 5.5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A7551
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Fluval A7551 Final Thoughts

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(175 Points)

3. Milliard Aquarium Test Strips / 7 in 1/100 Count/for Fresh Water and Salt Water Tanks

User Ratings: 71

Milliard MIL-AQM-A First Impressions

"A great kit!"

I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. It is easy to use and accurate enough. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. No issues so far, test strips work well.

  • Milliard Aquarium Test Strips / 7 in 1/100 Count/for Fresh Water and Salt Water Tanks
  • HEALTHY WATERS – keep your fish healthy and safe with Milliard’s test strips. With the distinct, no bleed color pads, our test strips will tell you all you need to know about the chemicals in your freshwater or saltwater fish tank.
  • 7 WAY TESTING – each strip accurately tests for PH, Nitrite, Total Alkalinity, Hardness, Carbonate, Free Chlorine & Nitrate. Plus, every bottle comes with a comprehension card to help you understand your testing results.
  • QUICK AND EASY – with 3 easy steps, clear instructions, and results within 60 seconds, Milliard’s test strips are the easiest way to help you maintain a healthy tank.
  • GREAT VALUE – each bottle comes with 100 test strips – that’s about enough to test your waters twice a week for a full year!
  • REAL SERVICE - when you purchase Milliard, you can relax knowing you have a dedicated team of real people ready to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Manufacture: Milliard
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Milliard MIL-AQM-A
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Milliard MIL-AQM-A Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. But after last night these are a must have for me. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

Overall Score
4.6

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

4. 7 in 1 Count Aquarium Test Strips,100 Strips, Accurate Total Hardness, Chlorine, Bromine, Cyanuric A...

User Ratings: 72 2

TOOU First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. They quickly shipped me a new product. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

  • 7 in 1 Count Aquarium Test Strips,100 Strips, Accurate Total Hardness, Chlorine, Bromine, Cyanuric Acid, Alkalinity and pH Testing, for Fresh Water and Salt Water
  • AFFORDABLE 7 IN 1 TESTING KIT:These tests for essentials including Total Hardness, Free Chlorine, Bromine, Total Chlorine, Cyanuric Acid, Total Alkalinity and pH levels to give you an accurate reading of water conditions. Each strip tests for all results which are easy to read.
  • 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 60 seconds.
  • VALIDITY PERIOD : Store at 2℃~30℃ in a dry place and avoid light (2℃~8℃ is better) And the validity period is 24 months.
  • GREAT VALUE : Each bottle comes with 100 test strips – that’s about enough to test your waters twice a week for a full year.
  • REAL SERVICE : When you purchase, You can relax knowing you have a dedicated team of real people ready to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Manufacture: Bernice Toby
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TOOU
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

TOOU Final Thoughts

"Was working great."

The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. No issues so far, test strips work well. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site.

Overall Score
4.5

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

5. Salifert Phosphate Test Kit

User Ratings: 73 4

Salifert 8714079130361 First Impressions

"Pond water testing."

If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle.

  • Salifert Phosphate Test Kit
  • The phosphate test kit will detect lower concentrations of phosphates
  • The phosphate test is highly reliable and accurate
  • The phosphate test kit includes a professional colorimetric comparator
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130361
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Salifert 8714079130361 Final Thoughts

"Bought the 100 counts."

No one brand is going to guarantee against this. Some of the readings develop better than others. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. The test strips work as advertised. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

Overall Score
4.5

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

6. Salifert Carbonate Hardness & Alkalinity (Kh/Alk) Test Kit, 100-200 Tests

User Ratings: 80 3

Salifert 8714079130354 First Impressions

"Great test kit."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. 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. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests.

  • Salifert Carbonate Hardness & Alkalinity (Kh/Alk) Test Kit, 100-200 Tests
  • package height : 4.826 cm
  • package length : 12.7 cm
  • package width : 10.668 cm
  • Product type : PLANT SEED
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130354
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Salifert 8714079130354 Final Thoughts

"So they're measuring!"

I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I like API products and find them the most accurate. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. But after last night these are a must have for me. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner.

Overall Score
4.7

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

7. Brightwell Aquatics CoralAmino - Amino Acid Complex for Coral Coloration & Growth

User Ratings: 75 3

Brightwell Aquatics COA60 First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

No one brand is going to guarantee against this. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. It does take some time though to actually get it done. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit.

  • Brightwell Aquatics CoralAmino - Amino Acid Complex for Coral Coloration & Growth
  • Widely used by professional coral farmers to increase growth rate and coloration.
  • Beneficial to all corals, as well as solitary and colonial polyps.
  • Encourages formation of new tissue and repairs damaged tissue during fragmentation and propagation.
  • Encourages growth by budding and fission.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Brightwell Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1 x 3 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Brightwell Aquatics COA60
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Brightwell Aquatics COA60 Final Thoughts

"These are great!"

This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. The key is that you are looking for changes. No issues so far, test strips work well. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. This is essential for an accurate reading.

Overall Score
4.6

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

8. NYOS Magnesium (MG) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 58 3

NYOS WT-MGR First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

Every test I do takes just a few drops. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. But after last night these are a must have for me.

  • NYOS Magnesium (MG) 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: 4 x 2 x 4 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NYOS WT-MGR
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

NYOS WT-MGR Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(49 Points)

9. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21420 Saltwater Nitrate Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 73 5

Red Sea 306015 First Impressions

"They work for me."

The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Some of the readings develop better than others. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. Quantity of strips seems very good.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21420 Saltwater Nitrate Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 3.11023622047244 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 5 Inches
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 5.70866141732284 Inches
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.91 x 3.15 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306015
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Red Sea 306015 Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I respect a company that backs their product. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though.

Overall Score
4.5

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

10. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21410 Saltwater KH/Alkalinity Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests

User Ratings: 66 8

Red Sea 306011 First Impressions

"5 out of 5 stars."

Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. But after last night these are a must have for me. It you take it to a local fish store. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21410 Saltwater KH/Alkalinity Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 75 Tests
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 5.7007874015748 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 5.09842519685039 Inches
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 3.2007874015748 Inches
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.51 x 3.15 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306011
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Red Sea 306011 Final Thoughts

"So they're measuring!"

You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish.

Overall Score
4.3

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

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