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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra Pond
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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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 Test Kits

User Ratings: 53 17

Red Sea 306029 First Impressions

"So they're measuring!"

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. They quickly shipped me a new product. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell.

  • Red Sea Test Kits
  • Algae control test kit includes high accuracy colorimetric comparator tests for the exceptionally high accuracy measurement of nitrate and phosphate
  • The nitrate and phosphate tests are essential for the accurate dosing of NO3: PO4-X biological nitrate and phosphate reducer
  • The kit also includes a durable, chemical resistant plastic case and analytical grade glass vials
  • Multi test kit employs a comparator that eliminates fumbling or awkward handling of test vials also difficult to match color charts or color chips
  • Ease-of-use rewards new and experienced reef hobbyists with fast and accurate results
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.51 x 6.69 x 3.15 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306029
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Red Sea 306029 Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. I respect a company that backs their product. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. These are working very well for me. Always nice to get something extra!

Overall Score
3.8


(56 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AlphaTRAK
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  • Affordability

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. Seachem Laboratories Multi-Test Reef Special (75 tests)

User Ratings: 25

Seachem 1370 First Impressions

"Super easy to use."

32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I like API products and find them the most accurate. But it is accurate and convenient as is. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads.

  • Seachem Laboratories Multi-Test Reef Special (75 tests)
  • *Combines the Phosphate, Silicate, and Iodine/Iodide kits
  • *Multi-cavity plate for simultaneous testing of up to 6 tests at the same time
  • *Includes reference for test validation
  • *For Saltwater and Reef aquariums
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.1 x 2.6 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 1370
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Seachem 1370 Final Thoughts

"3 and not 0."

Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. I respect a company that backs their product. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included.

Overall Score
3.9


(6 Points)

6. 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)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Advocate PHA00602
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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)

7. API Replacement Test Tubes for Aquarium Test Kits 3 Pack Bundle

User Ratings: 89 1

API ZY-ghm-202009015-29 First Impressions

"Thank you."

These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes.

  • API Replacement Test Tubes for Aquarium Test Kits 3 Pack Bundle
  • Replacement Test Tubes compatible with the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (API) Test Kits
  • Includes caps
  • 3 Pack
  • Manufacture: API
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API ZY-ghm-202009015-29
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
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API ZY-ghm-202009015-29 Final Thoughts

"It's very easy to do."

Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Always nice to get something extra! I mean some people would never do a water test at all. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate.

Overall Score
4.8


(129 Points)

8. Pet Control HQ Glucometer for Dogs & Cats - Lab-Accurate Blood Sugar Glucose Meter Testing Kit, Test...

User Ratings: 58 8

Pet Control HQ First Impressions

"They work for me."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

  • Pet Control HQ Glucometer for Dogs & Cats - Lab-Accurate Blood Sugar Glucose Meter Testing Kit, Test Strips w/ 2 Calibrated Code-Chips to Monitor Canine or Feline Diabetes - 50 Lancets & Log Book
  • VET-APPROVED FOR FAST & RELIABLE RESULTS: The Pet Control HQ Blood Glucose Meter is trusted by Veterinarians to get fast and accurate glucose readings for diabetic pets; In fact, they choose this pet glucometer because it uses premium GDH enzyme collaborating test strips (stored in a temperature-controlled vial) and has 2 Code-Chips (one for dogs the other cats) for more consistent and accurate test results that can help your furry friends stay in the safe range
  • GENTLE - EVEN FOR SENSITIVE PETS: This pet glucometer requires the least amount of blood of any test available (only 0.6µL) which makes metering as painless and stress-free as possible, and research shows that home testing is more accurate than vet offices due to comfort and lowered stress (especially for high anxiety dogs and cats); Plus, most customers say that after a few tests on the ankle callus, leg, ear, or paw, they’ve seen no more discomfort for their loved ones than at the vet office
  • LAB-ACCURATE TESTING FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME: Veterinarians recommend blood tests because your pet’s highly-regulated system doesn’t change or dilute with hydration (like humans); Our lab-accurate testing lets you precisely monitor blood sugar in the comfort of your home - you’ll enjoy peace of mind that you’re staying on top of your pet’s diabetes to keep them safe and healthy
  • EASY ONE-BUTTON TEST RESULTS IN SECONDS: Pet Parents who want to avoid the nasty side-effects of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia say they love how the one-button operation and easy-to-read 10-second test results give them the confidence to take care of diabetic pooches and kittens - without the stress of vet visits on their animals
  • 2 CODE-CHIP GLUCOMETER FOR CATS & DOGS: Drop the cost of vet bills with the Pet Control HQ medical-grade pet glucometer; Unlike other options that use the same test strip for cats and dogs, this has a 2 Code-Chip test strip (one calibrated for your K9, the other for your kitty) to give you lab-accurate readings of insulin levels at home; Plus, the included data-tracking log book lets you track and share your pet’s readings with your vet for added confidence
  • 1 Pet Control HQ Glucometer for dogs & cats
  • 50 Blood glucose test strips for dogs & cats
  • 2 Code-Chips (one for dogs and one for cats)
  • Manufacture: Pet Control HQ
  • Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pet Control HQ
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Pet Control HQ Final Thoughts

"Easy to read."

So I got these to try and I love them. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
4.1


(61 Points)

9. ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Four Sample Kit

User Ratings: 65

ICP Analysis First Impressions

"Easy to use."

So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit.

  • ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Four Sample Kit
  • 4 Water Sample Kit - Enough Supplies to Test 4 Water Samples
  • 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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ICP Analysis Final Thoughts

"1 dKh difference."

I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

Overall Score
4.6


(4 Points)

10. Sera CO2-Tabs Plus 20 Tabl, 3.2 oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 59 6

Sera 8040 First Impressions

"Best strips ever."

You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. The test strips work as advertised. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. I mean some people would never do a water test at all.

  • Sera CO2-Tabs Plus 20 Tabl, 3.2 oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Country Of Origin : Germany
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 4.92 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 0.87 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 0.87 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Item Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 0.87 x 0.87 x 4.92 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 8040
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 8040 Final Thoughts

"I used API prior to this."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit.

Overall Score
4.2


(276 Points)

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