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. Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitor (3 Pack)

User Ratings: 72 10

Seachem 10 First Impressions

"Great strips."

This is essential for an accurate reading. It is easy to use and accurate enough. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds.

  • Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitor (3 Pack)
  • 3 Pack of Seachem Ammonia Alert 1 Year Monitors
  • Lasts Over A Year
  • Small And Unobtrusive
  • No water sampling
  • No Chemicals
  • Manufacture: Seachem
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 1 x 3.3 inches; 0.63 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 10
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Seachem 10 Final Thoughts

"Worth the money."

6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. 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. I have not found that to be true for myself. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
4.3


(120 Points)

4. OEM TOOLS 27266 Master Compression Test Kit, 1 Pack

User Ratings: 56

OEM TOOLS 27266 First Impressions

"Worked great."

Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet.

  • OEM TOOLS 27266 Master Compression Test Kit, 1 Pack
  • Includes (1) 2-1/2" Gauge with Dual Scale 0-300 Psi and 0-20 Bar and (1) 1-1/2" Gauge with Single Scale 0-200 Psi and 10" Extension with Quick Connect and Protective Boot
  • M14 Hoses: (1) Short Thread and (1) Long Thread
  • M18 Hose with Short Threads
  • M10, M12 and M18 Solid Adapters
  • Extra O-Rings and Valve Cores
  • Manufacture: OEMTOOLS
  • Item Weight: 4.15 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 14.7 x 2.2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The OEM TOOLS 27266
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
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OEM TOOLS 27266 Final Thoughts

"I kid you not."

32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Quantity of strips seems very good. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. I have not found that to be true for myself. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
4.6


(2 Points)

5. Eyourlife Test Strips Kit Ph Kh Gh Nitrate Nitrite Aquarium Fish Tank 6 in 1

Eyourlife First Impressions

"After 2 weeks of 0-."

Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. The key is that you are looking for changes. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them.

  • Eyourlife Test Strips Kit Ph Kh Gh Nitrate Nitrite Aquarium Fish Tank 6 in 1
  • Ensure that your water is healthy and free from nitrates by using this water test Kit. pH Level, GH, Nitrite, Nitrate, Chlorine, Alkalinity/KH
  • Each of these strips tests 6 different parameters at once, saving you time
  • They help you maintain the quality of your water by providing you with information more quickly than a liquid test would
  • This is ideal for checking on water acidity, pH stability, and poisonous nitrogen compounds after a tank has already been installed
  • You can choose in A box of 50/100
  • Manufacture: Eyourlife
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Eyourlife
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Eyourlife Final Thoughts

"Worked pretty well."

They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

6. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21420 Saltwater Nitrate Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 73 5

Red Sea 306015 First Impressions

"They work for me."

The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Some of the readings develop better than others. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. Quantity of strips seems very good.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21420 Saltwater Nitrate Pro Test Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 3.11023622047244 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 5 Inches
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 5.70866141732284 Inches
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 5.91 x 3.15 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306015
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Red Sea 306015 Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. I respect a company that backs their product. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though.

Overall Score
4.5


(39 Points)

7. Seachem MultiTest Nitrite and Nitrate Test Kit

User Ratings: 51 6

Seachem 116096003 First Impressions

"Hope this was useful."

It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing.

  • Seachem MultiTest Nitrite and Nitrate Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • Fresh or saltwater use
  • Unique indicator
  • Measures nitrite to less than 0.1 mg/L and nitrate to less than 0.2 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 4.4 x 2.4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116096003
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Seachem 116096003 Final Thoughts

"Pond water testing."

Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close.

Overall Score
4.1


(90 Points)

8. Seachem MultiTest Marine Basic Test Kit

User Ratings: 53 15

Seachem 116099004 First Impressions

"I used API prior to this."

Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. Every test I do takes just a few drops. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle.

  • Seachem MultiTest Marine Basic Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • For saltwater use only
  • Unique indicator
  • Four tests in one
  • 75 test
  • Unique indicator
  • Four tests in one
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.8 x 2.5 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116099004
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
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Seachem 116099004 Final Thoughts

"So they're measuring!"

You mostly find them using API also. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium.

Overall Score
3.8


(19 Points)

9. Sera CO2-Start Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 50 8

Sera 8039 First Impressions

"Quick and easy use."

They quickly shipped me a new product. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. These are working very well for me. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Sera CO2-Start Aquarium Test Kits
  • Country Of Origin : Germany
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 6.5 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 2.36 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 3.94 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 3.94 x 6.5 inches; 2.08 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 8039
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 8039 Final Thoughts

"Thank you."

Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. But it turns out that is not the case. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0.

Overall Score
4.0


(262 Points)

10. Sera Copper-Test (Cu) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 60 7

Sera 4710 First Impressions

"Hope this was useful."

If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! I mean some people would never do a water test at all. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips.

  • Sera Copper-Test (Cu) 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. 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; 2.08 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4710
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Affordability

Sera 4710 Final Thoughts

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. The test strips work as advertised. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips.

Overall Score
4.2


(36 Points)

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