Editor's Choice - Our Favorite SJ WAVE Aquarium Test Kits

1. 6 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips with Thermometer | Fast & Accurate Water Quality Testing Kit for Aquariu...

User Ratings: 74 3

SJ WAVE First Impressions

"Will purchase again!"

It is easy to use and accurate enough. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

  • 6 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips with Thermometer | Fast & Accurate Water Quality Testing Kit for Aquariums & Ponds | Monitors pH, Hardness, Nitrate, Temperature and More (100 Tests)
  • HOME TESTING KIT - Ready to use, for your convenience; tests for 7 most critical parameters in fish tanks, pH, Chlorine, General Hardness, Carbonate Hardness, Nitrate, Nitrite and Temperature
  • ACURATE AND FAST RESULTS - Strips come with a detailed color chart, detect low levels of impurities and foreign substances, help prevent any invisible water problems and keep your fish safe
  • EASY TO Use: Simply dip the strip in water and compare with color chart for instant and reliable results. No more going to the pet stores because tests can be done at home in just one minute
  • SHELF LIFE – 100 testing strips packed in separate packages; strips in an open package need to be used within 3 months, so you can test your aquarium water quality at regular intervals and don't have to rush using all 100 strips
  • MULTIPLE USES – Can be used to test betta fish tanks, cold water or tropical fish tanks, shrimp tanks, plant aquariums, fish ponds and any other freshwater aquariums
  • Manufacture: SJ WAVE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SJ WAVE
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

SJ WAVE Final Thoughts

"It's worth it."

The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Always nice to get something extra! Overall, I am very happy with this kit. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. It is easy to use and accurate enough. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes.

Overall Score
4.6

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

2. Elos Aqua Test Kit - Calcium

User Ratings: 63 37

Elos USA First Impressions

"Love the convenience."

This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests.

  • Elos Aqua Test Kit - Calcium
  • High quality system: one powder reagent and two liquids!
  • Standard sensibility: 25 ppm of Calcium ions.
  • NIST validation: each batch is validated using NIST (National Institute of Standard and Technology)
  • "C" reagent available as separate sales unit.
  • High number of test per kit: up to 40-50 test depending on Ca level.
  • Manufacture: Elos USA
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.2 x 3.3 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Elos USA
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='2.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.9']

Elos USA Final Thoughts

"I love this test kit."

These are working very well for me. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I don't know so much about how precise these are. They quickly shipped me a new product.

Overall Score
3.5

[star rating="3.5"]
(5 Points)

3. 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 [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

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

[star rating="3.8"]
(11 Points)

4. Sera Nitrate-Test (No3) 15 Ml, 0.5 fl.oz Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 71 8

Sera 4510 First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

They quickly shipped me a new product. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

  • Sera Nitrate-Test (No3) 15 Ml, 0.5 fl.oz Aquarium Test Kits
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums as well as ponds
  • Package Dimensions: 13.6 L x 4.2H x9W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 4.16 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4510
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Sera 4510 Final Thoughts

"Thank you!"

This is essential for an accurate reading. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. The test strips work as advertised. The price is great for all these essential tests! My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well!

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(267 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. Decdeal Aquarium CO2 Glass Drop Checker PH Long Term Monitor Fish Tank Test Kit

User Ratings: 41

Decdeal First Impressions

"Nice product."

This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. First and second test have a little change which was expected. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes.

  • Decdeal Aquarium CO2 Glass Drop Checker PH Long Term Monitor Fish Tank Test Kit
  • Maintaining proper Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels in the planted.
  • Aquarium is one of the important factors in the health of the planted aquarium ecosystem.
  • A CO2 drop checker is an essential tool for monitoring CO2 levels in the aquarium.
  • The CO2 drop checker is a reservoir designed to contain an indicator solution and an airspace.
  • Long term monitor CO2 the color show: blue - insufficient CO2, green - sufficient CO2, yellow - excess CO2.
  • Manufacture: Decdeal
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Decdeal
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Decdeal Final Thoughts

"Was working great."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. They quickly shipped me a new product. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(5 Points)

7. Sera gH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 80 2

Sera 4110 First Impressions

"Happy tank!"

I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. It is easy to use and accurate enough. I have not found that to be true for myself. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. I like API products and find them the most accurate. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit.

  • Sera gH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Makes it easy to monitor the total hardness
  • Very accurate
  • Easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 1.12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4110
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Sera 4110 Final Thoughts

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. But after last night these are a must have for me.

Overall Score
4.7

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

8. All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Ph Profi

User Ratings: 72 8

All Seas Marine Inc SI029 First Impressions

"This test worked well."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage.

  • All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Ph Profi
  • The pH value in a marine Tank has a major impact on the growth of corals and calcareous algae and on many biological processes. The pH should not be allowed to fluctuate more than Approx. 0.2 units during any 24 hour period and Should preferably be kept above 8.2. If the pH is too low then the cause may be a too low alkalinity and/or a build up of carbon dioxide caused by insufficient aeration. Sufficient for 50 tests.
  • For marine water only
  • Warning! Keep out of reach of children
  • The Salifert test kit is sufficiently accurate to monitor minor pH fluctuations and is scaled from pH 7.4–8.7
  • A low pH can be corrected by improving aeration and by increasing the alkalinity
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The All Seas Marine Inc SI029
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.7']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

All Seas Marine Inc SI029 Final Thoughts

"These strips are great."

The key is that you are looking for changes. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect.

Overall Score
4.3

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

9. Salifert Boron Test Kit

User Ratings: 55

Salifert First Impressions

"Let me explain."

But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. It does take some time though to actually get it done. 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. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read.

  • Salifert Boron Test Kit
  • Boron is very important in marine environments. Too low a concentration can slow down the growth of
  • Concentration in natural sea water is relatively low, between 4.4 mg/L and 4.8 mg/L.
  • Monthly boron testing is therefore advisable.
  • The Salifert Boron Profi-Test kit measures the level of naturally occurring boron in steps of 0.5 mg
  • Sufficient for up to 25 tests.
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.3 x 2 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Salifert Final Thoughts

"With this is alot easier."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff.

Overall Score
4.5

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

10. Salifert Magnesium (MG) Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 3

Salifert 8714079130422 First Impressions

"Nice product."

Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. It does take some time though to actually get it done. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Salifert Magnesium (MG) Test Kit
  • The magnesium test kit effectively tests and provides a balanced magnesium aquarium
  • The magnesium test kit can perform up to 50 tests
  • The test will measure accurate steps of color change in tank
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 0.5 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Part Number: SI017
  • Item Weight: 3.98 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches
  • Color: Original version
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130422
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Salifert 8714079130422 Final Thoughts

"Best strips ever."

I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. These are working very well for me. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

Overall Score
4.6

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

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