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
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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


(314 Points)

2. Sera 3 Piece Vials Supplementary Pack Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 75

Sera 4945 First Impressions

"3 and not 0."

Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place.

  • Sera 3 Piece Vials Supplementary Pack Aquarium Test Kits
  • Country Of Origin : Germany
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 5.51 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 1.57 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 3.54 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Sera 4945 Final Thoughts

"Fast result."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

Overall Score
4.8


(10 Points)

3. Seachem Reef Status Magnesium Test Kit

User Ratings: 32 18

Seachem 116092401 First Impressions

"He perked right up."

Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. Every test I do takes just a few drops. Some of the readings develop better than others. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price.

  • Seachem Reef Status Magnesium Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • For saltwater use only
  • Unique indicator
  • Four tests in one
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 3.4 inches; 10.56 Ounces
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Seachem 116092401 Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

Overall Score
3.3


(25 Points)

4. API REPLACEMENT TEST TUBES WITH CAPS For Any Aquarium Test Kit Including API Freshwater Master Test ...

User Ratings: 89 1

API 32 First Impressions

"It's that easy."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. But it turns out that is not the case. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

  • API REPLACEMENT TEST TUBES WITH CAPS For Any Aquarium Test Kit Including API Freshwater Master Test Kit 24-Count Box
  • Contains one (1) API REPLACEMENT TEST TUBES WITH CAPS For Any Aquarium Test Kit Including API Freshwater Master Test Kit 24-Count Box
  • Compatible with any aquarium water test kits including freshwater and saltwater test kit, pH test kit, ammonia test kit, nitrate test kit, reef test kit, calcium test kit and more
  • The API test tubes are perfect to replace API Freshwater Master Test Kit tubes, API Saltwater Master Test Kit tubes, API Reef Master Test Kit tubes, API Pond Master Test Kit tubes and any other API Test Kit tubes
  • Snap-tight plastic caps
  • Use when original tubes have been lost or damaged
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 7.13 x 1.25 x 3.5 inches; 6.4 Ounces
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API 32 Final Thoughts

"5 out of 5 stars."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Quantity of strips seems very good. So I got these to try and I love them. It you take it to a local fish store. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok.

Overall Score
4.8


(554 Points)

5. Hanna Instrument HI775 Freshwater Alkalinity Checker Test Kit - Freshwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 61

Checker First Impressions

"However, it is not."

This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests.

  • Hanna Instrument HI775 Freshwater Alkalinity Checker Test Kit - Freshwater Aquariums
  • FRESH WATER Alkalinity in 0 to 500 ppm
  • Resolution: 1ppm
  • Accuracy: ±5ppm ± 5% of reading
  • Max Temp Range: 0 to 50°C (32 to 122°F); RH max 95% non-condensing
  • Dimensions: 81.5 x 61 x 37.5 mm (3.2 x 2.4 x 1.5”) / Weight: 64 g (2.25 oz.)
  • Manufacture: Hanna
  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Color: Blue
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Checker Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. But it is accurate and convenient as is. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate.

Overall Score
4.2


(5 Points)

6. 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
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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)

7. API Freshwater Master Test Kit by API

User Ratings: 87

API First Impressions

"My favorite brand!"

I have some pretty lousy water where I live. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common.

  • API Freshwater Master Test Kit by API
  • API Freshwater Master Test Kit
  • 20z
  • Manufacture: API
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API Final Thoughts

"Gives me peace of mind."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading.

Overall Score
4.9


(13 Points)

8. 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)

9. 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
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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


(19 Points)

10. 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
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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)

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