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
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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. Stanaway Water Quality Test Meter PH Meter TDS Aquarium 4 in 1, 0-9990ppm, Ideal Water Test Meter fo...

User Ratings: 58 12

Stanaway First Impressions

"They work for me."

I like API products and find them the most accurate. The key is that you are looking for changes. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. I have not found that to be true for myself. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use.

  • Stanaway Water Quality Test Meter PH Meter TDS Aquarium 4 in 1, 0-9990ppm, Ideal Water Test Meter for Drinking Water, Aquariums, etc
  • 【Compact Design】TDS meter can test TDS, EC, and temperature(NO PH), just turn TDS meter on and stir water gently, it will be displayed on the screen in ppm (parts per million)
  • 【4 in 1, TDS Meter Upgrade】TDS Value Alarm Setting is the special features for our TDS Meter Upgrade, Any numeric value of N*10 can be set. When the numerical exceeds the set numerically, the backlight automatically turns red
  • 【Digital Easy-to-Read LCD Screen, Auto Hold and Turn Off】The reading result will be auto-locked on LCD in seconds. To safe the power supply, the water tester will shut down automatically after 2 minutes stand by
  • 【Wide Applications】Great tool for drinking water, water filtration, and purification, hydroponics (test your nutrients), aquariums, RO/DI systems, pools and spas, and more
  • 【What you will get? 】30-DAY Full Money Refund guarantee, 12-month warranty + 100% authentic, Excellent customer service
  • 1 x TDS Meter
  • 1 x Carrying case
  • 1 x User's manual
  • Manufacture: Stanaway
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 0.6 inches; 1.76 Ounces
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Stanaway Final Thoughts

"These are great!"

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense.

Overall Score
3.9


(89 Points)

3. 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
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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)

4. AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 100 Count

User Ratings: 79 6

AlphaTRAK First Impressions

"This is a good item."

The price is great for all these essential tests! If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. It you take it to a local fish store. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start.

  • AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 100 Count
  • AlphaTRAK 2 Veterinary Blood Glucose Test Strips 100/box
  • Manufacture: AlphaTRAK
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AlphaTRAK Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree.

Overall Score
4.6


(44 Points)

5. Sera Chlorine-Test (Cl) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 66 12

Sera 4810 First Impressions

"Thank you."

If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. So I got these to try and I love them. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. It is easy to use and accurate enough. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. Always nice to get something extra!

  • Sera Chlorine-Test (Cl) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums as well as ponds
  • Very accurate
  • Easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 1.76 Ounces
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Sera 4810 Final Thoughts

"Thanks Red Sea."

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I respect a company that backs their product. I don't know so much about how precise these are. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

Overall Score
4.1


(38 Points)

6. Seachem 28658 Alert Combo Pack

User Ratings: 63 10

Seachem First Impressions

"It's very easy to do."

But it turns out that is not the case. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it.

  • Seachem 28658 Alert Combo Pack
  • A year of continuous monitoring
  • No Strips, no tests, just constant readings
  • Monitors pH and ammonia
  • Manufacture: Seachem
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Seachem Final Thoughts

"Best strips ever."

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I have not had any problem whatsoever. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle.

Overall Score
4.1


(577 Points)

7. TestSure 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit - Aquarium Test Strips pH, Nitrates, Nitrites, Carbonate General H...

User Ratings: 65 12

TestSure First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything.

  • TestSure 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit - Aquarium Test Strips pH, Nitrates, Nitrites, Carbonate General Hardness (50 Strips/Bottle)
  • 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit (50 test strips per bottle)
  • 99% Accurate, Independently Tested, Scientifically Proven
  • Aquarium test strips are easy to use, results in less than 5 minutes
  • Comes with Test Sure’s 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Aquarium test for ph, Nitrites, Nitrates, Carbonate, and General Hardness
  • Manufacture: TS56
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TestSure Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. No issues so far, test strips work well. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
4.1


(23 Points)

8. Freshwater Hardnss Test Kit

User Ratings: 74 3

Mars Fishcare North Amer First Impressions

"1 dKh difference."

Overall, I am very happy with this kit. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read.

  • Freshwater Hardnss Test Kit
  • Tests tap water and freshwater aquariums for general hardness (gh) and carbonate hardness (kh).
  • Helps detect stress on fish caused by rapid ph shifts, which result from low kh levels and helps aquarists duplicate the nat.
  • All items are brand new, never worn and never used. We guarantee the authenticity of all items.
  • Manufacture: Mars Fishcare North America
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 4 inches; 4.16 Ounces
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Mars Fishcare North Amer Final Thoughts

"Strips work great!"

But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it.

Overall Score
4.5


(76 Points)

9. Salifert Nitrate (No3) Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 4

All Seas Marine SI021 First Impressions

"25 from 0."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. It is easy to use and accurate enough. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. So I got these to try and I love them. This is essential for an accurate reading. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

  • Salifert Nitrate (No3) Test Kit
  • Premium liquid test kit for precise nitrate measurement in aquariums
  • Accurately detects Aquarium nitrate levels as low as 0.2 ppm
  • Dual range nitrate test kit for reef aquariums and fish-only aquariums
  • Precision nitrate test kit ideal for sensitive reef aquariums. Age range description: Adult
  • Manufacture: All Seas Marine Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
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All Seas Marine SI021 Final Thoughts

"Great value, Speedy ship!"

The key is that you are looking for changes. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either.

Overall Score
4.6


(286 Points)

10. 85mm Glass Test Tubes with Leak-Proof Screw Caps and Accurate 5 ml Marking, Set of 6, Ideal for Aqua...

User Ratings: 68 4

Tililly Concepts First Impressions

"I used API prior to this."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I have not found that to be true for myself. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

  • 85mm Glass Test Tubes with Leak-Proof Screw Caps and Accurate 5 ml Marking, Set of 6, Ideal for Aquarium Water Tests, by Tililly Concepts
  • Set of 6 flat-bottomed glass test tubes with leak-proof screw caps - NO MORE SPILLS!
  • Customised for use as REPLACEMENT TEST TUBES for all aquarium water tests.
  • Accurate 5ml mark for aquarium water and sufficient additional capacity to hold API test solutions.
  • Made of borosilicate glass of 1mm wall thickness, 13 mm diameter.
  • Please note: rack is not included in this offer.
  • Manufacture: RSE
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Tililly Concepts Final Thoughts

"I know, I'm terrible."

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. This is essential for an accurate reading. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use.

Overall Score
4.4


(72 Points)

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