Editor's Choice - Our Favorite TOOU Aquarium Test Kits

1. 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)

2. Salifert Master Reef Testing Combo Kit - Saltwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 84

Salifert First Impressions

"Thank you!"

So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out!

  • Salifert Master Reef Testing Combo Kit - Saltwater Aquariums
  • Six Salifert Professional Test Kits
  • Includes Calcium, Nitrate, Phosphate, pH, Alkalinity & Magnesium
  • Includes all the Core parameters of any Saltwater Aquarium/Marine Reef Tank
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.4 x 6.7 inches; 1.55 Pounds
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Salifert Final Thoughts

"75, for example."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. The test strips work as advertised. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. This is essential for an accurate reading.

Overall Score
4.8


(112 Points)

3. Salifert Nitrate (No3) Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 4

All Seas Marine SI021 First Impressions

"25 from 0."

The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. It is easy to use and accurate enough. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7. So I got these to try and I love them. This is essential for an accurate reading. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

  • Salifert Nitrate (No3) Test Kit
  • Premium liquid test kit for precise nitrate measurement in aquariums
  • Accurately detects Aquarium nitrate levels as low as 0.2 ppm
  • Dual range nitrate test kit for reef aquariums and fish-only aquariums
  • Precision nitrate test kit ideal for sensitive reef aquariums. Age range description: Adult
  • Manufacture: All Seas Marine Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The All Seas Marine SI021
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All Seas Marine SI021 Final Thoughts

"Great value, Speedy ship!"

The key is that you are looking for changes. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either.

Overall Score
4.6


(286 Points)

4. Aquascape 96019 Water Test Kit KH Alkalinity for Pond and Garden Features, 60 Tests

User Ratings: 80

Aquascape 96019 First Impressions

"FIVE STARS for sure!"

This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Some of the readings develop better than others. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

  • Aquascape 96019 Water Test Kit KH Alkalinity for Pond and Garden Features, 60 Tests
  • Measures KH and Alkalinity concentrations in ponds and aquariums
  • Accurate, laboratory-quality testing that is simple to complete
  • Ideal for optimizing the benefits provided by the Aquascape IonGen System (# 95027)
  • 60 tests per kit
  • Manufacture: Aquascape Designs, Inc
  • Item Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquascape 96019
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Aquascape 96019 Final Thoughts

"Using this meter is easy."

Always nice to get something extra! It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. So off to buy some sponge filters I went!

Overall Score
4.6


(3 Points)

5. Mastitis Milk Cowside Home Test Indicators, Box of 30 Indicator Cards

User Ratings: 73 4

H W Naylor MI First Impressions

"I really enjoy this kit."

Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

  • Mastitis Milk Cowside Home Test Indicators, Box of 30 Indicator Cards
  • Mastitis indicators are safe and simple colormetric cow-side tests for mastitic milk, designed to test the milk from the corresponding quarter of the cows udder
  • A color-change blotter card reveals flakes and clots, and also tests for abnormally alkaline milk, all of which point to a mastitis infection
  • The depth of color is usually in direct proportion to the degree of mastitis infection
  • Many cases of mastitis in the early stages can be successfully treated. For the determination of curable cases and a course of treatment, consult a veterinarian
  • Unused testers should be kept in a clean, dry place away from light and stable odors
  • Manufacture: H W NAYLOR
  • Part Number: MI
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 1 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The H W Naylor MI
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H W Naylor MI Final Thoughts

"These strips are great."

But after last night these are a must have for me. These are working very well for me. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff.

Overall Score
4.5


(50 Points)

6. HI772-26 HI755-26 Alkalinity Checker Reagent (25 Tests) - Hanna Instruments

User Ratings: 84 1

Hanna Instruments First Impressions

"Thank you."

These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. So I got these to try and I love them. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading.

  • HI772-26 HI755-26 Alkalinity Checker Reagent (25 Tests) - Hanna Instruments
  • This reagent works with both the 755 & 772 Hanna checker. It may come with the tag 755-26 or 772-26, both reagents work with both checkers.
  • Pre-made reagents for ease of use. Prepared with high purity chemicals.
  • Marked with expiration date and lot number for traceability.
  • Small size and big convenience.
  • Manufacture: Hanna Instruments
  • Part Number: HI 772-26
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 2.39 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hanna Instruments
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Hanna Instruments Final Thoughts

"Perfect for quick checks."

This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Having the key on the bottle is very helpful, it won't get lost. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. The key is that you are looking for changes.

Overall Score
4.7


(107 Points)

7. capetsma 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Best Kit for Water Quality Testing for Freshwater Saltwater Po...

User Ratings: 50 16

capetsma First Impressions

"Just sayin'."

These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems.

  • capetsma 9 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips, Best Kit for Water Quality Testing for Freshwater Saltwater Pool and Pond - Test pH, Nitrate, Nitrite, Carbonate, Hardness, Chlorine, Alkalinity, Iron, Copper
  • 9 TESTS IN 1 COMPLETE KIT - Contains 1 capetsma 9-IN-1 TEST STRIPS Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Strips 50-Count in sealed Box. Monitors levels of pH ✓ Nitrate ✓ Nitrite✓ Carbonate ✓ General Hardness ( TDS ) ✓ Free Chlorine ✓ Total Alkalinity ✓ Iron ✓ Copper.
  • EASY & FAST RESULTS - Simply dip a strip into liquid and compare it to chart. Quickly get test results in seconds, No private laboratory testing or mail-in analysis required.
  • HELP MAINTAIN HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT IN YOUR TANK - prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and aquarium plants, Weekly test the water if water or fish problems appear, monitor your fish tank(aquarium), ensure your fishes to grow happier and healthier. Also it can help test the levels of all sorts of products such as drinking water, pools, spas, laundry, dishwasher, urine and more.
  • EXPIRATION DATE: 2C ~ 30C dry place and keep away from light, valid for 24 months. Pls notice the production date is on the label, below the color chart, LOT: 2019061401 means it is the first batch on 06/14/2019.
  • Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
  • Manufacture: Capetsma
  • Product Dimensions: 2.09 x 2.09 x 4.72 inches; 2.26 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The capetsma
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capetsma Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! This kit is extremely accurate and very well designed for convenient use and storage. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus.

Overall Score
3.8


(613 Points)

8. 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
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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)

9. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 4110
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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)

10. 5Strands Pet Nutrition Test - at Home Cat & Dog Collection Kit - Tests 40+ Supplement Nutrition Defi...

User Ratings: 69 11

5Strands First Impressions

"It is very easy to use."

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-.

  • 5Strands Pet Nutrition Test - at Home Cat & Dog Collection Kit - Tests 40+ Supplement Nutrition Deficiencies, Vitamins, Amino Acids, Minerals, Hair Analysis
  • Are looking to better your pet’s health? Is your pet experiencing hair loss, joint pain, inflammation, or dry skin? To prevent or alleviate these discomforts you must get to the root of the problem and adjust their diet or environment. The 5Strands Pet Nutrition Test will indicate your pet’s ability to process and properly absorb the 40 ITEMS TESTED.
  • 5Strands scans your pet’s hair sample (10-15 strands) using bioresonance technology to provide an extensive, easy-to-understand report. You can expect to receive your pet’s test RESULTS WITHIN 7-10 DAYS after the hair sample arrives to 5Strands processing center. For you to see any positive transformation, this test requires 100% interaction.
  • Inflammation can cause the cells to not absorb nutrients properly. This will then inhibit the body from effectively performing certain functions. A nutrient imbalance can occur when your pet is fed a poor quality commercial dry food. While most dog foods do a great job providing a complete and balanced diet, there are many factors that can cause your dog to still develop imbalances for certain nutrients. Most commercial pet foods are designed for the "average" pet.
  • Certain medications can cause nutrients to metabolize faster than usual. Each pet has its own unique internal chemistry and metabolism, their own environment, and their own genetic make up. Even though pet food manufacturers may use high quality, bio-available ingredients, pets could be lacking the nutrients they need because they were not getting enough of them.
  • If you are currently giving your pet a supplement and that item registered on your report, it can indicate that the source of the supplement is not being absorbed properly by the body. This would indicate the need for them to consume whole foods that contain the nutrients needed, versus continuing on the synthetic supplement.
  • Manufacture: 5Strands
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5Strands Final Thoughts

"I love this test kit."

Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. About my pic color difference of the water and the chart and about the bad reviews.

Overall Score
4.4


(14 Points)

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