Editor's Choice - Our Favorite SunGrow Aquarium Test Kits

1. SunGrow pH Test Strip Kit for Bettas and Aquariums, Easy to Use, Easy to Read, Works for pH Range 5....

User Ratings: 49 18

SunGrow First Impressions

"YES, it's accurate."

These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. I like API products and find them the most accurate. It does take some time though to actually get it done. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • SunGrow pH Test Strip Kit for Bettas and Aquariums, Easy to Use, Easy to Read, Works for pH Range 5.5-9.0, Quick Results, Ideal for Hydroponic Plants, 50 Strips
  • ✔ THE ONLY WAY TO “SEE” YOUR pH --- What is pH? You can’t taste it or see it but it’s vital for the health of your bettas, tetras, cichlids, and even your hydroponic plants. An aquarium or hydroponic set-up needs to have the correct pH for the fish and plants to not only thrive but to live. SunGrow test strips let you see this invisible but important quality of your water.
  • ✔ SAVE THE FISHES AND PLANTS --- Sea life, aquatic plants, and hydroponic plants all have specific pH needs. You’ll want to achieve that pH for your plants or pets. Unfortunately, pH can change even after you’ve established your tank. This is normal. That’s why SunGrow’s test strip kit contains 50 strips so you can keep your fish and plants happy for months, years, and generations!
  • ✔ SAVE TIME AND MONEY --- With SunGrow’s accurate test strips you can determine with certainty what adjustments you need to make or not make to keep your cherry shrimp, plecos, and angelfish happy, healthy, and thriving! Don’t waste money and risk your fish again guessing your water’s pH level when you can get our 50 test strips for quick, accurate readings.
  • ✔ EASY TO USE --- Simply sample your aquarium’s water with a spoon and dip one of our test strips in. Then remove and in 5-10 seconds the test strip will reveal your water’s pH. To read, match the test strip’s color to the included pH key. For best results, make sure the strip is completely submerged and let dry on a paper towel for reading.
  • ✔ EAT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES --- How does pH affect plant growth? Or the taste of chocolate chip cookies? SunGrow test strips are easy to use and read so they’re a great tool for giving your budding scientist confidence! So feed their curiosity and enjoy some chocolate chip cookies!
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='2.8']
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"Strips work great!"

These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Some of the readings develop better than others. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0.

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(135 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated SunGrow Aquarium Test Kits

2. SunGrow Betta pH Test Strips, 3.5 Inches, Ensure for Fish and Invertebrates, Just Dip and Read, Must...

User Ratings: 61 10

SunGrow pH Test Strips-01 First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. 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. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included.

  • SunGrow Betta pH Test Strips, 3.5 Inches, Ensure for Fish and Invertebrates, Just Dip and Read, Must-Have Aquarium Item, 100 Pieces
  • KEEP TANK PH LEVELS SAFE — Test your aquarium water to make sure it isn't too alkaline for your fish. Tropical fish like Tetra, Betta, Barb, Catfish, Bichir and Corydoras like pH in range of 6.5 to 7. A tank with higher pH may cause freshwater fish to be irritable or even fall ill. Ensure your tank’s pH is correct with the test strips. In case it pH is higher, use SunGrow Mini catappa leaves to lower the pH.
  • QUICK & EASY — Just take a bit of your tank water, dip one SunGrow pH Test Strip in it and shake off any excess water. Make sure both coloured sections are covered with water. Wait for two seconds until the coloured sections change, then compare it to the colour scale for your results. It’s a must-have item to start your very own home aquarium laboratory kit.
  • MULTIPLE USES — SunGrow pH Test Strips are suitable for resting a very wide range of products, including Soaps, aquarium water, drinking water, fruits and fruit juice, milk, oven cleaner, aquarium solutions, tea, soft drinks, urine, vinegar and bleach.
  • Manufacture: SunGrow
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow pH Test Strips-01
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

SunGrow pH Test Strips-01 Final Thoughts

"Would buy again for sure!"

Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. This is essential for an accurate reading. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(85 Points)

3. Nutrafin Iron 0.0 to 1.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 50 -Tests

User Ratings: 61 5

Nutrafin A7835A1 First Impressions

"Easy to read."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below.

  • Nutrafin Iron 0.0 to 1.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 50 -Tests
  • Suitable for fresh and saltwater aquariums to measure iron levels
  • Essential for proper water quality
  • Helps ensure a healthy environment for your fish and plants
  • Allows you to easily test iron levels
  • Easy to follow directions; Contains 50 tests
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nutrafin A7835A1
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Nutrafin A7835A1 Final Thoughts

"Love the convenience."

My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. So I got these to try and I love them.

Overall Score
4.3

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

4. JJ CARE [Pack of 120 Aquarium Test Strips 6 in 1, Aquarium Test Kit, Saltwater Aquarium Test Strips ...

User Ratings: 46 21

JJ CARE First Impressions

"Good value."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips.

  • JJ CARE [Pack of 120 Aquarium Test Strips 6 in 1, Aquarium Test Kit, Saltwater Aquarium Test Strips Freshwater, Fish Tank Test Strips, Aquarium Testing Kit, PH Test Strips
  • ✅ 6-WAY PARAMETER – The Aquarium Test Strips can test up to 6 parameters to make sure your aquarium water is in great condition: Nitrate, Chlorine, General Hardness, pH, Nitrite and Carbonate Alkalinity. Results are available in a matter of seconds! The indicator strips darken over time so it's best to compare color reactions in a quick manner. Complete instructions as well as the color-coded chart are printed on the bottle.
  • ✅ AQUARIUM TESTING KIT – Aquarium water, whether freshwater or saltwater, if not properly treated, can become host to numerous nasty organisms that can make your aquatic pets ill. How to stop this? Use treatment chemicals for balance. How to keep water quality in check? Keep chlorine away and other treatment chemicals in optimum levels using JJ Care's Aquarium Test Strips.
  • ✅ COST-EFFECTIVE AND RELIABLE - These 120-strip fish tank test kit is the preferred low cost and economical measuring tool for fish tanks in commercial establishments and homes. No need to hire a professional testing company! Compared to other testing kits, these freshwater and saltwater test strips are simple and more practical yet offer quick and accurate results.
  • ✅ HIGHLY IMPORTANT - The test strips method offers precision in reading levels of chlorine and other chemicals in aquarium water. The strip design is perfectly suited for testing treatment chemicals used in different types of aquariums and fish tanks at homes or establishments. Chemical testing is essential where water safety and quality is of high importance.
  • ✅ EASY TO USE - Benefit from having these aquarium water strips handy if you own a fish tank at home. It’s a convenient yet highly accurate way of balancing the chemistry in aquarium water - just dip and compare the color change for results in under a minute. The aquarium test strips are essential if you’re doing the actual water treatment to keep your aquatic pets safe, healthy and happy.
  • Nitrate
  • Chlorine
  • General Hardness
  • Manufacture: JJ CARE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JJ CARE
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

JJ CARE Final Thoughts

"It's very easy to do."

32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. But after last night these are a must have for me. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(29 Points)

5. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21525 Marine Care Test Kit for Aquarium

User Ratings: 79 6

Red Sea 306030 First Impressions

"Exactly as pictured."

I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21525 Marine Care Test Kit for Aquarium
  • Marine care test kit includes all of the main kits you need to run a healthy marine aquarium
  • Allowing you to easily monitor the nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, pH and alkalinity levels
  • The easy-to-use tests come with simple instructions and color charts
  • 100 Ammonia test with accuracy of 0. 02 ppm, 100 and 60 nitrate test with accuracy of 2 ppm and 0. 05 ppm
  • 100 pH test with accuracy of 0. 2 ppm, 55 alkalinity test with accuracy of 1 dKH/0. 36 meq/L
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.51 x 6.69 x 3.15 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306030
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Red Sea 306030 Final Thoughts

"Worked great."

Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The key is that you are looking for changes. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

Overall Score
4.5

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

6. Sera Aqua-Test Box (+ Cl) Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 72 3

Sera 4003 First Impressions

"Let me explain."

Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. No issues so far, test strips work well. It is easy to use and accurate enough. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

  • Sera Aqua-Test Box (+ Cl) Aquarium Test Kits
  • Master test kit
  • Includes all the important test kits
  • Very accurate
  • Tests easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 13.58 x 12.6 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4003
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Sera 4003 Final Thoughts

"+1-800-526-0650."

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. I like API products and find them the most accurate. Quantity of strips seems very good. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer.

Overall Score
4.5

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

7. 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 [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

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

8. Hanna Instruments HI758 - HI772 Bundle Marine Calcium and Alkalinity Checker Test Kit for Saltwater ...

User Ratings: 62 38

Hanna Instruments First Impressions

"It's that easy."

It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads.

  • Hanna Instruments HI758 - HI772 Bundle Marine Calcium and Alkalinity Checker Test Kit for Saltwater Aquariums Along with a Luving Pets Syringe
  • Easier to use and more accurate than chemical test kits
  • Dedicated to a single parameter
  • Small size, big convenience
  • Ideal for: Aquaculture & Aquariums, Water Quality
  • Quickly get your results without any hassle and Achieve your calcium results easily with simple, one-button design.
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Batteries: 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Hanna Instruments Final Thoughts

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
3.5

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

9. All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Copper Profi

User Ratings: 38 31

All Seas Marine Inc SI009 First Impressions

"Easy to use."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. I don't know so much about how precise these are. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

  • All Seas Marine Inc Sal Test Kit Copper Profi
  • Copper is often used as a treatment for parasite infested fish and it is essential that the correct
  • Tap water can also be naturally high in copper and it is therefore advisable to test for this on a regular basis.
  • The Salifert test kit offers a very sensitive and accurate test for measuring dissolved or weakly chelated copper with a pH of 7.5–9
  • Lasts for several copper cures or provides sufficient for up to 50 tests on tap or aquarium water as a routine check
  • Can be used for marine, fresh and garden pond water. Strongly chelated copper will only be partly or not at all detected. Keep out of reach of children. Not for consumption.
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The All Seas Marine Inc SI009
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='3.1']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

All Seas Marine Inc SI009 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. But it is accurate and convenient as is. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(7 Points)

10. ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Single Sample Kit

User Ratings: 56 22

ICP Analysis First Impressions

"But do they help, yes."

These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either.

  • ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Single Sample Kit
  • ICP Test results are emailed directly to you 24 hours after the water sample is received!
  • Water Testing for 33 Differnt Elements
  • Works with Saltwater and Freshwater - It is beneficial to test your drinking water to insure that chemicals, metals or other harmful elements are not ingested by your family or pets.
  • Manufacture: ICP Analysis
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ICP Analysis
  • Test Accuracy [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.7']

ICP Analysis Final Thoughts

"Gives me peace of mind."

While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums.

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(29 Points)

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