Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Tetra Aquarium Test Kits

1. Tetra EasyStrips 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips for Fresh/Salt Water

User Ratings: 78 2

Tetra 19543 First Impressions

"00 becomes 40."

Every test I do takes just a few drops. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. First and second test have a little change which was expected. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Tetra EasyStrips 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips for Fresh/Salt Water
  • COMPLETE TESTING Regularly testing your water levels is critical to the success of your aquarium
  • 6 DIFFERENT TESTS WITH 1 STRIP Just one test monitors nitrates nitrites water hardness chlorine alkalinity and pH levels
  • VERSATILE Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • CONVENIENT Just dip into water wait 60 seconds and read results
  • USAGE Use weekly to monitor aquarium water after water changes or when adding new fish
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.81 x 1.81 x 3.75 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19543
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 19543 Final Thoughts

"So read the instructions."

If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Every test I do takes just a few drops. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

Overall Score
4.6


(3788 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Tetra Aquarium Test Kits

2. Tetra EasyStrips 25 Count, Ammonia Test Strips For aquariums, Water Testing, 25-Strip, Model:19540

User Ratings: 70 4

Tetra 19540 First Impressions

"Two packages were inside."

This is essential for an accurate reading. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. Some of the readings develop better than others. I have not found that to be true for myself.

  • Tetra EasyStrips 25 Count, Ammonia Test Strips For aquariums, Water Testing, 25-Strip, Model:19540
  • AMMONIA TESTING Regularly testing your water ammonia levels is critical to the success of your aquarium
  • VERSATILE Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • CONVENIENT Just dip into water wait 10 seconds and read results
  • COMPATIBLE WITH TETRA MY aquarium APP Get instant water care product recommendations based on testing results
  • USAGE Use when setting up a new aquarium after water changes or as needed
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 5.94 x 5.94 x 11.75 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19540
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 19540 Final Thoughts

"Very easy to use."

If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! The test strips work as advertised. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. If this review was helpful, please click the helpful button! Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times.

Overall Score
4.4


(709 Points)

3. Tetra EasyStrips Complete Aquarium Test Kit

User Ratings: 73 4

Tetra 19544 First Impressions

"Would buy again for sure!"

But after last night these are a must have for me. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use.

  • Tetra EasyStrips Complete Aquarium Test Kit
  • ALL-IN-ONE TESTING KIT: Everything you need to test your aquarium water.
  • 7 DIFFERENT TESTS WITH 1 STRIP: Just one test monitors ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, water hardness, chlorine, alkalinity and pH levels.
  • VERSATILE: Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
  • CONVENIENT: Just dip into water, wait 60 seconds and read results.
  • USAGE: Use weekly to monitor aquarium water, after water changes or when adding new fish.
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 1.13 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19544
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 19544 Final Thoughts

"Great test kit."

If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. I like API products and find them the most accurate. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH.

Overall Score
4.5


(680 Points)

4. TETRA EasyStrips Ammonia Aquarium Test Strips, 100-Count

User Ratings: 78 3

Tetra 19541 First Impressions

"Hope this was useful."

But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I have a freshwater tank that includes some delicate invertebrates. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc.

  • TETRA EasyStrips Ammonia Aquarium Test Strips, 100-Count
  • AMMONIA TESTING Regularly testing your water ammonia levels is critical to the success of your aquarium
  • VERSATILE Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • CONVENIENT Just dip into water wait 10 seconds and read results
  • COMPATIBLE WITH TETRA MY aquarium APP Get instant water care product recommendations based on testing results
  • USAGE Use when setting up a new aquarium after water changes or as needed
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.81 x 1.81 x 3.75 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19541
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 19541 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. This is essential for an accurate reading. No one brand is going to guarantee against this.

Overall Score
4.6


(509 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Tetra Aquarium Test Kits

5. Tetra 19543 1000Count EasyStrips 6-in-1 Test Strips

User Ratings: 55 45

Tetra 19543 First Impressions

"Love the convenience."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. I respect a company that backs their product. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests.

  • Tetra 19543 1000Count EasyStrips 6-in-1 Test Strips
  • COMPLETE TESTING: Regularly testing your water levels is critical to the success of your aquarium.
  • CONVENIENT: Just dip into water, wait 60 seconds and read results.
  • VERSATILE: Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
  • USAGE: Use weekly to monitor aquarium water, after water changes or when adding new fish.
  • Manufacture: UPG Case Packs
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 4 x 4.13 inches; 1.9 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 19543
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 19543 Final Thoughts

"Thanks Seachem."

But it turns out that is not the case. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. The test strips work as advertised. The price is great for all these essential tests! My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

Overall Score
3.2


(13 Points)

6. Stript Health 7-Way Aquarium Test Strips 100 Count - Easily Test Your Salt/Fresh Water Tank - Spend ...

User Ratings: 60 9

Stript Health First Impressions

"Quick and easy use."

I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. I have not had any problem whatsoever.

  • Stript Health 7-Way Aquarium Test Strips 100 Count - Easily Test Your Salt/Fresh Water Tank - Spend More Time Enjoying Your Fish - One Simple Strip Test - Rapid Results - Best Value Kit
  • COMPLETE AQUARIUM TESTING! Each aquarium strip come with 7 parameters allowing you to check your freshwater or saltwater aquariums for Carbonate - Total Alkalinity - pH - General Hardness - Free Chlorine - Nitrate - Nitrite
  • FAST RESULTS! Simply dip the aquarium test strip and compare the results with the included reading chart. Within minutes you will have results and can spend more time enjoying your fish
  • MAINTAIN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT! 100 test strips per bottle allows for daily or weekly testing to prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and aquarium plants
  • HIGH-QUALITY REAGENTS! Resists humidity; Long shelf life (24 months)
  • TRUSTED! Money back guarantee permits you to purchase confidently
  • Manufacture: Stript Health
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Stript Health
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Stript Health Final Thoughts

"Thanks Red Sea."

It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. These are working very well for me. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain.

Overall Score
4.1


(228 Points)

7. Sera 50 Piece Quick Test

User Ratings: 70 1

Sera 4960 First Impressions

"Best strips ever."

Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. It does take some time though to actually get it done. So I got these to try and I love them. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. This is essential for an accurate reading.

  • Sera 50 Piece Quick Test
  • Quick water testing
  • Check 5 water parameters within 1 minute
  • PH, kH, gH, NO3, NO2
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.18 x 1.18 x 4.33 inches; 1.12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4960
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 4960 Final Thoughts

"However, it is not."

Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage.

Overall Score
4.5


(385 Points)

8. NICREW Hanging Kit for HyperReef Aquarium Reef Light

NICREW First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • NICREW Hanging Kit for HyperReef Aquarium Reef Light
  • Hanging kit for HyperReef series lights
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW Final Thoughts

"Was good for 3 years."

6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. But after last night these are a must have for me.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

9. Seachem MultiTest Iron Test Kit

User Ratings: 51 12

Seachem 116096805 First Impressions

"However, it is not."

And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip.

  • Seachem MultiTest Iron Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • Fresh or saltwater use
  • Unique indicator
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.3 x 2.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116096805
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Seachem 116096805 Final Thoughts

"These are great!"

I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. These are working very well for me. They quickly shipped me a new product.

Overall Score
3.8


(120 Points)

10. HMT General Kit

User Ratings: 60 17

Osumex OSUMEX-HMT First Impressions

"Great magnesium test kit."

I respect a company that backs their product. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. I like API products and find them the most accurate. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. But, I will continue to order Tetra's 6 in 1 until someone makes a better test strip.

  • HMT General Kit
  • Test for a range of 8 toxic heavy metals in any clear solution
  • Cadmium Cobalt Copper Lead Manganese Mercury Nickel Zinc
  • Easy to use at home with simple instructions giving results in minutes
  • Accurate results verified by an independent laboratory Kemetco Research Lab
  • Manufacture: Osumex
  • Product Dimensions: 3.13 x 1.64 x 0.09 inches; 0.64 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Osumex OSUMEX-HMT
  • Test Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Osumex OSUMEX-HMT Final Thoughts

"Bought the 100 Count."

It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. These have worked to keep my fish safe and healthy. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. Always nice to get something extra!

Overall Score
4.0


(81 Points)

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