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
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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. Elos Aqua Test Kit - Calcium

User Ratings: 63 37

Elos USA First Impressions

"Love the convenience."

This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests.

  • Elos Aqua Test Kit - Calcium
  • High quality system: one powder reagent and two liquids!
  • Standard sensibility: 25 ppm of Calcium ions.
  • NIST validation: each batch is validated using NIST (National Institute of Standard and Technology)
  • "C" reagent available as separate sales unit.
  • High number of test per kit: up to 40-50 test depending on Ca level.
  • Manufacture: Elos USA
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.2 x 3.3 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Elos USA
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Elos USA Final Thoughts

"I love this test kit."

These are working very well for me. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I don't know so much about how precise these are. They quickly shipped me a new product.

Overall Score
3.5


(5 Points)

4. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21460 Marine Care Program Ammonia Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 83

Red Sea 306025 First Impressions

"Good value."

My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. Some of the readings develop better than others.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21460 Marine Care Program Ammonia Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Marine care program ammonia test kit
  • It is an advanced colorimetric test
  • Measuring the total ammonia (Nh3/Nh4) in marine aquariums
  • Its accuracy of 0. 2 ppm; performs 100 tests
  • It range is 0-2 ppm
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 4.33 x 1.97 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 306025
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Red Sea 306025 Final Thoughts

"To support my claim."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

Overall Score
4.8


(15 Points)

5. SMASAMDE 5-in-1 Water Quality Test Strip Test Aquarium Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, PH, Test Fish ...

User Ratings: 38

SMASAMDE First Impressions

"Super easy to use."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. No issues so far, test strips work well. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it.

  • SMASAMDE 5-in-1 Water Quality Test Strip Test Aquarium Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, PH, Test Fish Tank Swimming Pool Drinking Water Test Strip
  • Health: Test strips are Suitable for drinking water, aquarium, fish tank, swimming pool and SPA, industrial water, pond, hot spring water testing.
  • 5-in-1 Water Test: Total Chlorine Free, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness, water quick test, provides results in a matter of seconds
  • Easy to use: Dip the drinking water test paper into the water for 2 seconds, hold it in the air for about 15s, then reading the color board
  • Easy to carry: 50 pieces, water quality should be tested weekly, drinking water test strips are easy to handle even for beginners.
  • Manufacture: SMASAMDE
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SMASAMDE Final Thoughts

"I used API prior to this."

My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. These are working very well for me. But it is accurate and convenient as is. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters.

Overall Score
4.1


(3 Points)

6. Sera gH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 80 2

Sera 4110 First Impressions

"Happy tank!"

I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. It is easy to use and accurate enough. I have not found that to be true for myself. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. I like API products and find them the most accurate. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit.

  • Sera gH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Makes it easy to monitor the total hardness
  • Very accurate
  • Easy to read
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 1.12 Ounces
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Sera 4110 Final Thoughts

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. 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. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. But after last night these are a must have for me.

Overall Score
4.7


(253 Points)

7. 6 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips with Thermometer | Fast & Accurate Water Quality Testing Kit for Aquariu...

User Ratings: 74 3

SJ WAVE First Impressions

"Will purchase again!"

It is easy to use and accurate enough. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I have not had any problem whatsoever. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

  • 6 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips with Thermometer | Fast & Accurate Water Quality Testing Kit for Aquariums & Ponds | Monitors pH, Hardness, Nitrate, Temperature and More (100 Tests)
  • HOME TESTING KIT - Ready to use, for your convenience; tests for 7 most critical parameters in fish tanks, pH, Chlorine, General Hardness, Carbonate Hardness, Nitrate, Nitrite and Temperature
  • ACURATE AND FAST RESULTS - Strips come with a detailed color chart, detect low levels of impurities and foreign substances, help prevent any invisible water problems and keep your fish safe
  • EASY TO Use: Simply dip the strip in water and compare with color chart for instant and reliable results. No more going to the pet stores because tests can be done at home in just one minute
  • SHELF LIFE – 100 testing strips packed in separate packages; strips in an open package need to be used within 3 months, so you can test your aquarium water quality at regular intervals and don't have to rush using all 100 strips
  • MULTIPLE USES – Can be used to test betta fish tanks, cold water or tropical fish tanks, shrimp tanks, plant aquariums, fish ponds and any other freshwater aquariums
  • Manufacture: SJ WAVE
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SJ WAVE Final Thoughts

"It's worth it."

The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Always nice to get something extra! Overall, I am very happy with this kit. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. It is easy to use and accurate enough. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes.

Overall Score
4.6


(314 Points)

8. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21426 Reagent Phosphate Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 44 9

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306018 First Impressions

"Bought the 100 Count."

I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21426 Reagent Phosphate Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Phosphate Pro refill kit is an advanced colorimetric test with comparator
  • Measuring the level of phosphate in reef aquarium to an exceptionally high accuracy of 0. 02ppm PO4
  • This test kit, when used in conjunction with the nitrate Pro test kit, enables accurate dosing of NO3: po4-x (biological nitrate and Phosphate reducer)
  • This kit includes a durable, chemical resistant plastic case, analytical grade glass vials
  • Includes material for up to 100 tests
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2.5 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306018
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306018 Final Thoughts

"Good value."

I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Some of the readings develop better than others. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. I have some pretty lousy water where I live.

Overall Score
3.9


(11 Points)

9. Sera pH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits

User Ratings: 72 3

Sera 4310 First Impressions

"I love this test kit."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish.

  • Sera pH-Test 15 ml, 0.5 fl.oz. Aquarium Test Kits
  • Easy to read
  • Very accurate
  • Makes it easy to monitor the pH value in fresh and marine water and ponds
  • Package Dimensions: 13.8 L x 4.2H x9.2W(centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches; 2.24 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4310
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Sera 4310 Final Thoughts

"These are just easier."

If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I have not had any problem whatsoever. This is essential for an accurate reading. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. So I got these to try and I love them.

Overall Score
4.5


(321 Points)

10. API Saltwater Calcium Test Kit

User Ratings: 62 11

Mars First Impressions

"5 out of 5 stars."

About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. It you take it to a local fish store. It is easy to use and accurate enough. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

  • API Saltwater Calcium Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Mars Fishcare North America
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Mars
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Mars Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. They quickly shipped me a new product. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

Overall Score
4.2


(22 Points)

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