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. Nutrafin Nitrate 0.0 to 110.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 80-Tests

User Ratings: 72 7

Nutrafin A7845 First Impressions

"A great kit!"

If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Nutrafin Nitrate 0.0 to 110.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 80-Tests
  • Suitable for freshwater or marine aquariums to determine nitrate level (0.0-110.0 Mg/L)
  • Determines level of pollution in aquarium
  • Essential in monitoring your tanks water quality
  • Nitrate levels should be tested weekly
  • Easy to follow directions; Contains 80 tests
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nutrafin A7845
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Nutrafin A7845 Final Thoughts

"5 out of 5 stars."

I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. The key is that you are looking for changes. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. It does take some time though to actually get it done. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

Overall Score
4.4


(38 Points)

4. Seachem MultiTest Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 54 11

Seachem 116095006 First Impressions

"Thank you."

I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. 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. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. But it is accurate and convenient as is.

  • Seachem MultiTest Ammonia Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • Fresh or saltwater use
  • Unique indicator
  • Measures free and total ammonia
  • Measures total and free ammonia down to less than 0.05 mg/L
  • Multi-cavity plate for simultaneous testing of up to 6 tests at the same time
  • Includes reference for test validation
  • Marine or Freshwater
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.6 x 2.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116095006
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Seachem 116095006 Final Thoughts

"It's that easy."

But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. You mostly find them using API also. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

Overall Score
4.0


(171 Points)

5. Aquarium Test Tube Holder, Hand-Made Rack, with 6 Holes and 6 Drying Poles, customised for use with ...

User Ratings: 73 4

Tililly Concepts First Impressions

"Would buy again for sure!"

Overall, I am very happy with this kit. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

  • Aquarium Test Tube Holder, Hand-Made Rack, with 6 Holes and 6 Drying Poles, customised for use with Aquarium Test Tubes Including API Test Tubes, by Tililly Concepts
  • Manufacture: RSE
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Tililly Concepts Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I have not found that to be true for myself. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Quantity of strips seems very good. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0.

Overall Score
4.5


(120 Points)

6. Salifert Carbonate Hardness & Alkalinity (Kh/Alk) Test Kit, 100-200 Tests

User Ratings: 80 3

Salifert 8714079130354 First Impressions

"Great test kit."

It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. 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. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests.

  • Salifert Carbonate Hardness & Alkalinity (Kh/Alk) Test Kit, 100-200 Tests
  • package height : 4.826 cm
  • package length : 12.7 cm
  • package width : 10.668 cm
  • Product type : PLANT SEED
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert 8714079130354
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Salifert 8714079130354 Final Thoughts

"So they're measuring!"

I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I like API products and find them the most accurate. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. But after last night these are a must have for me. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner.

Overall Score
4.7


(360 Points)

7. TestSure 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit - Aquarium Test Strips pH, Nitrates, Nitrites, Carbonate General H...

User Ratings: 65 12

TestSure First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything.

  • TestSure 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit - Aquarium Test Strips pH, Nitrates, Nitrites, Carbonate General Hardness (50 Strips/Bottle)
  • 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Kit (50 test strips per bottle)
  • 99% Accurate, Independently Tested, Scientifically Proven
  • Aquarium test strips are easy to use, results in less than 5 minutes
  • Comes with Test Sure’s 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Aquarium test for ph, Nitrites, Nitrates, Carbonate, and General Hardness
  • Manufacture: TS56
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TestSure
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TestSure Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

I have some pretty lousy water where I live. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. No issues so far, test strips work well. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

Overall Score
4.1


(23 Points)

8. 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)

9. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TOOU
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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)

10. NYOS Nitrate (NO3) Reefer Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 73 3

NYOS First Impressions

"Great test kit!"

Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

  • NYOS Nitrate (NO3) 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: 1 – 160 mg/l NO3
  • reagents are made in Germany in accordance with EN ISO 9001, AAS and NIST standards.
  • Made in Germany
  • Manufacture: NYOS
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 4 inches; 3.21 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NYOS
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NYOS Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I have some pretty lousy water where I live. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I like API products and find them the most accurate.

Overall Score
4.5


(141 Points)

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