Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Tetra Pond Aquarium Test Kits

1. Tetra Pond 19542 Test Strips 6N1 25Pk

User Ratings: 80 4

Tetra Pond 19542 First Impressions

"Just sayin'."

But it is accurate and convenient as is. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. 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. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use.

  • Tetra Pond 19542 Test Strips 6N1 25Pk
  • Indicates nitrate
  • nitrite
  • general hardness
  • alkalinity
  • and pH levels
  • Item Weight: 1.44 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra Pond 19542
  • Test Accuracy
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Tetra Pond 19542 Final Thoughts

"Was good for 3 years."

Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. I have not found that to be true for myself. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips.

Overall Score
4.6


(69 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Tetra Pond Aquarium Test Kits

2. Tetratest Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 51 49

Tetra Pond First Impressions

"Quick and easy use."

It you take it to a local fish store. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Then replace the caps of the bottle and test vial. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate.

  • Tetratest Ammonia Test Kit
  • Tetra Second Nature #16617 Ammonia Test Kit
  • TETRA SECOND NATURE
  • Manufacture: Tetra (TetraPond)
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 3.8 x 1.4 inches; 0.8 Ounces
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Tetra Pond Final Thoughts

"Gives me peace of mind."

The test strips work as advertised. I have not had any problem whatsoever. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips.

Overall Score
3.0


(2 Points)

3. Red Sea Marine Care Program Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 81

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. First Impressions

"Great magnesium test kit."

Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

  • Red Sea Marine Care Program Ammonia Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd.
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. Final Thoughts

"Helps keep my fish happy."

First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. It is easy to use and accurate enough. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Quantity of strips seems very good. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use.

Overall Score
4.6


(5 Points)

4. Ammonia Fw/Sw Test Kit

User Ratings: 66 4

Mars Petcare Usa Masterfoods First Impressions

"Strips work great!"

It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Every test I do takes just a few drops.

  • Ammonia Fw/Sw Test Kit
  • Tests ammonia levels from 0 to 8 parts per million.
  • Ammonia is the number one killer of tropical fish, and is continuously produced by the aquarium from fish wastes, decomposin.
  • All items are brand new, never worn and never used. We guarantee the authenticity of all items.
  • Manufacture: Mars Petcare Usa Masterfoods
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Mars Petcare Usa Masterfoods
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Mars Petcare Usa Masterfoods Final Thoughts

"See my attached photos."

I have not had any problem whatsoever. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH.

Overall Score
4.4


(45 Points)

5. 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
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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


(789 Points)

6. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 79 3

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. This is essential for an accurate reading. These are working very well for me. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Magnesium Pro Test Kit Is An Advanced Titration Test
  • Measuring The Level Of Magnesium In Your Reef Aquarium To An Exceptionally High Accuracy Of 20 Ppm
  • Magnesium pro test kit boasts a new level of convenience for reef aquarium hobbyists
  • Routine And Precise Measurement Of Aquarium Magnesium Levels Is Essential For Successful Coral Reef Aquariums
  • This Advanced Magnesium Titration Test Kit Encourages Proper Testing Skills With Ease-Of-Use
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 1.97 x 3.15 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 Final Thoughts

"Let me explain."

Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I like API products and find them the most accurate. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I have not had any problem whatsoever. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0.

Overall Score
4.6


(59 Points)

7. Advocate Pet Test Blood Glucose Monitoring System for Dogs/Cats PT-100

User Ratings: 59 11

Advocate PHA00602 First Impressions

"This kit is amazing."

Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco.

  • Advocate Pet Test Blood Glucose Monitoring System for Dogs/Cats PT-100
  • Calibrated for Dogs and Cats
  • One-Button Switch Between Dogs & Cats
  • Smallest Sample Size Needed (0.3µL)
  • Test Results in Five (5) Seconds
  • Extremely Easy to Use - No Coding Required - Accurate & Precise Results
  • Manufacture: Rufas & Coco (Quest Products)
  • Product Dimensions: 2.37 x 3.55 x 5.52 inches; 7.04 Ounces
  • Batteries: 2 AA batteries required. (included)
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Advocate PHA00602 Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

Always nice to get something extra! These are working very well for me. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. No issues so far, test strips work well. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

Overall Score
4.0


(339 Points)

8. WAGA Glass Drop Checker Aquarium Fish Tank Co2 Concentration with Test Solution

WAGA First Impressions

"However, it is not."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. Some of the readings develop better than others. 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. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

  • WAGA Glass Drop Checker Aquarium Fish Tank Co2 Concentration with Test Solution
  • This glass CO2 drip checker is used to monitor the CO2 dose in the aquarium.
  • Simply fill the CO2 indicator solution, and the solution will change color to indicate the CO2 content in the aquarium water.
  • The CO2 inspection glass and suction cup are included in the package.
  • How to set up a CO2 indicator solution for a CO2 checker: Add 4 dkH reference solution to your droplet checker. In addition, you need to add 3 drops of pH indicator. (It is bromothymol blue).
  • What is 4 dkH: 4dkh water is used in the droplet checker because it has a reliable buffer level, which happens to make the color change of the indicator fall on about 30 ppm CO2. The hardness of the water in the storage tank does not matter. In theory, it will not come into contact with the contents of the droplet checker and therefore will change the color. Use liquids of different intensities to move the indicator's changing points to adapt to different CO2 levels.
  • Manufacture: WAGA
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WAGA Final Thoughts

"That is time consuming."

Overall, I am very happy with this kit. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. Sera Phosphate-Test (PO4) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 72 4

Sera 4930 First Impressions

"Great strips."

But it turns out that is not the case. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I have not had any problem whatsoever. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The price is great for all these essential tests! And if it was, please click on the helpful button below.

  • Sera Phosphate-Test (PO4) 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; 2.89 Ounces
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Sera 4930 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. They quickly shipped me a new product. I have not found that to be true for myself. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products.

Overall Score
4.4


(133 Points)

10. Red Sea Phosphate Pro Test Kit Reagent Refill

Red Sea First Impressions

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. No issues so far, test strips work well. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Red Sea Phosphate Pro Test Kit Reagent Refill
  • It includes enough reagents for 100 tests.
  • Note: We can not ship this Test Kit expedited or to Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
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Red Sea Final Thoughts

"1 dKh difference."

My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. The key is that you are looking for changes. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

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