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. VetMate Dogs/Cats Diabetes Management Starter KIT - Pet Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit, Calibrated for...

User Ratings: 50

VetMate First Impressions

"These are just easier."

Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. I have not had any problem whatsoever. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on.

  • VetMate Dogs/Cats Diabetes Management Starter KIT - Pet Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit, Calibrated for Dogs and Cats - 10 Test Strips, 1 Lancing Device, 10 Lancets
  • [OPTIMAL FOR DOGS/CATS DIABETES MANAGEMENT] - The VetMate Blood Glucose Meter is perfect for those who want to quickly, easily, and accurately monitor their dogs' and cats' blood glucose level for their diabetes.
  • [CALIBRATED FOR DOGS AND CATS] - The VetMate Blood Glucose Monitoring System is specifically calibrated for Dogs and Cats, providing accurate and precise blood glucose levels.
  • [READY TO TEST] - The Starter Kit has everything you need to start testing instantly. It includes the VetMate Blood Glucose Testing Meter, 10 Test Strips, 10 Lancets, 1 Lancing Device, 2 Batteries, Control Solution and a Carrying Case
  • [THEY DESERVE THE SAME] - Human Glucose Monitors evolve everyday. And our Dogs and Cats friends deserve the same technology advantage. VetMate requires No Code Chips, built with negative LCD screen for better reading. It also has STRIP EJECTOR, which strips can be easily and cleanly discarded.
  • [FOR VETERINARIAN AND FOR YOU] - VetMate Diabetes Testing Kit can used by veterinarians AND by you! With the same meter, you can measure their glucose level with venous blood and capillary blood samples, truly creating no-barriers between you and your vet specialists.
  • Manufacture: i-SENS, Inc.
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
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VetMate Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. Not really sure if there is a way to fix that though. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters. So off to buy some sponge filters I went!

Overall Score
3.5


(2 Points)

3. Elos KH-Alkalinity Test Kit

ELOS ELKH First Impressions

"These are just easier."

Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. These are working very well for me. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. Definitely recommend this test strip for anyone who has a Betta fish as a pet. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times.

  • Elos KH-Alkalinity Test Kit
  • The alkalinity test is accurate and precise
  • More than fifty tests are included with kit
  • The test is easy to use, understand and read
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4 x 4 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ELOS ELKH
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ELOS ELKH Final Thoughts

"They work for me."

Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

4. Seachem Reef Status Magnesium Test Kit

User Ratings: 32 18

Seachem 116092401 First Impressions

"He perked right up."

Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. Every test I do takes just a few drops. Some of the readings develop better than others. I mean some people would never do a water test at all. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price.

  • Seachem Reef Status Magnesium Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • For saltwater use only
  • Unique indicator
  • Four tests in one
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 3.4 inches; 10.56 Ounces
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Seachem 116092401 Final Thoughts

"This part is very easy."

I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. 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. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues.

Overall Score
3.3


(25 Points)

5. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21411 Reagent KH/Alkalinity Pro Kit Refill for Aquarium, 75 Tests

User Ratings: 68 5

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306012 First Impressions

"It is very easy to use."

So off to buy some sponge filters I went! Quantity of strips seems very good. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. No issues so far, test strips work well. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21411 Reagent KH/Alkalinity Pro Kit Refill for Aquarium, 75 Tests
  • Reagent alkalinity pro refill test kit is an advanced titration test
  • Measuring the level of buffers in reef aquarium to an exceptionally high accuracy of 0. 05 meq/l (0. 14 dkh)
  • This test refill replenishes KH/alkalinity pro test kit with sufficient reagent to conduct another 75 tests
  • Alkalinity pro refill test kit boasts a new level of convenience for reef aquarium hobbyists
  • Routine and precise measurement of aquarium alkalinity (buffer) levels is essential for successful coral reef aquariums
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 1.97 x 3.15 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306012
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306012 Final Thoughts

"Great value, Speedy ship!"

But it turns out that is not the case. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. It does take some time though to actually get it done.

Overall Score
4.4


(36 Points)

6. 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)

7. SunGrow pH Test Strip Kit for Bettas and Aquariums, Easy to Use, Easy to Read, Works for pH Range 5....

User Ratings: 49 18

SunGrow First Impressions

"YES, it's accurate."

These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. I like API products and find them the most accurate. It does take some time though to actually get it done. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor.

  • SunGrow pH Test Strip Kit for Bettas and Aquariums, Easy to Use, Easy to Read, Works for pH Range 5.5-9.0, Quick Results, Ideal for Hydroponic Plants, 50 Strips
  • ✔ THE ONLY WAY TO “SEE” YOUR pH --- What is pH? You can’t taste it or see it but it’s vital for the health of your bettas, tetras, cichlids, and even your hydroponic plants. An aquarium or hydroponic set-up needs to have the correct pH for the fish and plants to not only thrive but to live. SunGrow test strips let you see this invisible but important quality of your water.
  • ✔ SAVE THE FISHES AND PLANTS --- Sea life, aquatic plants, and hydroponic plants all have specific pH needs. You’ll want to achieve that pH for your plants or pets. Unfortunately, pH can change even after you’ve established your tank. This is normal. That’s why SunGrow’s test strip kit contains 50 strips so you can keep your fish and plants happy for months, years, and generations!
  • ✔ SAVE TIME AND MONEY --- With SunGrow’s accurate test strips you can determine with certainty what adjustments you need to make or not make to keep your cherry shrimp, plecos, and angelfish happy, healthy, and thriving! Don’t waste money and risk your fish again guessing your water’s pH level when you can get our 50 test strips for quick, accurate readings.
  • ✔ EASY TO USE --- Simply sample your aquarium’s water with a spoon and dip one of our test strips in. Then remove and in 5-10 seconds the test strip will reveal your water’s pH. To read, match the test strip’s color to the included pH key. For best results, make sure the strip is completely submerged and let dry on a paper towel for reading.
  • ✔ EAT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES --- How does pH affect plant growth? Or the taste of chocolate chip cookies? SunGrow test strips are easy to use and read so they’re a great tool for giving your budding scientist confidence! So feed their curiosity and enjoy some chocolate chip cookies!
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"Strips work great!"

These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. Some of the readings develop better than others. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0.

Overall Score
3.7


(135 Points)

8. Salifert Boron Test Kit

User Ratings: 55

Salifert First Impressions

"Let me explain."

But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. It does take some time though to actually get it done. I have not found that to be true for myself. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read.

  • Salifert Boron Test Kit
  • Boron is very important in marine environments. Too low a concentration can slow down the growth of
  • Concentration in natural sea water is relatively low, between 4.4 mg/L and 4.8 mg/L.
  • Monthly boron testing is therefore advisable.
  • The Salifert Boron Profi-Test kit measures the level of naturally occurring boron in steps of 0.5 mg
  • Sufficient for up to 25 tests.
  • Manufacture: Salifert
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.3 x 2 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Salifert
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Salifert Final Thoughts

"With this is alot easier."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Price is good for the quantity and functionality of the tester strips. Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff.

Overall Score
4.5


(3 Points)

9. PondCare Nitrite Test Kit (180 Tests)

Pondcare First Impressions

"Easy to read."

It you take it to a local fish store. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. The key is that you are looking for changes.

  • PondCare Nitrite Test Kit (180 Tests)
  • Manufacture: Pondcare, MARS Pondcare
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pondcare
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Pondcare Final Thoughts

"Very easy to use."

I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

10. 85mm Glass Test Tubes with Leak-Proof Screw Caps and Accurate 5 ml Marking, Set of 6, Ideal for Aqua...

User Ratings: 68 4

Tililly Concepts First Impressions

"I used API prior to this."

I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. I have not found that to be true for myself. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. 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. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

  • 85mm Glass Test Tubes with Leak-Proof Screw Caps and Accurate 5 ml Marking, Set of 6, Ideal for Aquarium Water Tests, by Tililly Concepts
  • Set of 6 flat-bottomed glass test tubes with leak-proof screw caps - NO MORE SPILLS!
  • Customised for use as REPLACEMENT TEST TUBES for all aquarium water tests.
  • Accurate 5ml mark for aquarium water and sufficient additional capacity to hold API test solutions.
  • Made of borosilicate glass of 1mm wall thickness, 13 mm diameter.
  • Please note: rack is not included in this offer.
  • Manufacture: RSE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tililly Concepts
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Tililly Concepts Final Thoughts

"I know, I'm terrible."

In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. 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 essential for an accurate reading. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use.

Overall Score
4.4


(72 Points)

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