Editor's Choice - Our Favorite XEOGUIYA Aquarium Test Kits

1. XEOGUIYA Co2 Drop Checker, Aquarium Fish Tank Drop Checker PH Test CO2 Glass Kit

User Ratings: 68 32

XEOGUIYA First Impressions

"Helps keep my fish happy."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. Easy to use, a good quantity and quality for the price. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips.

  • XEOGUIYA Co2 Drop Checker, Aquarium Fish Tank Drop Checker PH Test CO2 Glass Kit
  • Co2 detector material: Make of high quality glass material, durable, easy to use and clean.
  • Scope of application: It is used to detect and monitor the concentration of aquarium aquarium fish tank. It is suitable for the ornamentation and cultivation of fish tank, aquarium, especially aquatic plants, tropical fish.
  • Easy to use: Make sure your test kit is clean. Put 5 drops of CO2 indicator (not included) into the glass inspector and use a pipette to inject 1/2 of the area of the test solution into the tank. Then face down the opening of the drop checker. Use a suction cup to connect it to the side of the tank and wait for up to 2 hours.
  • PH test results shows: Blue indicates insufficient carbon dioxide, green indicates sufficient carbon dioxide, and yellow indicates excessive carbon dioxide.
  • Packaging includes: 1 x Co2 Drop Checker. Note: This product does not contain test solvents.
  • Manufacture: XEOGUIYA
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XEOGUIYA Final Thoughts

"Was good for 3 years."

I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. The key is that you are looking for changes. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

Overall Score
3.7


(4 Points)

2. Salifert Magnesium (MG) Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 3

Salifert 8714079130422 First Impressions

"Nice product."

Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. It does take some time though to actually get it done. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart.

  • Salifert Magnesium (MG) Test Kit
  • The magnesium test kit effectively tests and provides a balanced magnesium aquarium
  • The magnesium test kit can perform up to 50 tests
  • The test will measure accurate steps of color change in tank
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 0.5 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Part Number: SI017
  • Item Weight: 3.98 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches
  • Color: Original version
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Salifert 8714079130422 Final Thoughts

"Best strips ever."

I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I cut each strip down the middle so that I have even more tests. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. These are working very well for me. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1.

Overall Score
4.6


(527 Points)

3. Zoetis / Abbott Alphatrak 2 Dog / Cat Test Strips 50ct

User Ratings: 85 2

AlphaTRAK First Impressions

"Thank you!"

I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. But it is accurate and convenient as is.

  • Zoetis / Abbott Alphatrak 2 Dog / Cat Test Strips 50ct
  • Manufacture: Zoetis / Abbott
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AlphaTRAK Final Thoughts

", is that a 6, 6."

I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. I don't know so much about how precise these are. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either.

Overall Score
4.7


(574 Points)

4. 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
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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)

5. Salifert Calcium (Ca) Test Kit - 50 to 100 Tests

User Ratings: 81 3

Salifert 8714079130347 First Impressions

"+1-800-526-0650."

The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. If you want accurate pH get the API liquid test that includes pH and high pH. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. It is easy to use and accurate enough. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit.

  • Salifert Calcium (Ca) Test Kit - 50 to 100 Tests
  • The calcium test kit provides for accurate calcium levels
  • The calcium test kit can perform up to 100 tests
  • The calcium tests is capable in resolving calcium contents
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 0.5 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 0.01 Ounces
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Salifert 8714079130347 Final Thoughts

"But do they help, yes."

Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. You mostly find them using API also. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Just dip the strip in the tank water for two seconds, then read right away. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0.

Overall Score
4.7


(259 Points)

6. Seachem MultiTest Phosphate Test Kit

User Ratings: 60 1

Seachem 116097000 First Impressions

"Worked great."

But it turns out that is not the case. The key is that you are looking for changes. It's really accurate and makes me feel like I'm a scientist while doing it. The key is that you are looking for changes. All bottles clearly labeled and tell you how many drops. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close.

  • Seachem MultiTest Phosphate Test Kit
  • 75 test
  • Fresh or saltwater use
  • Unique indicator
  • Measures inorganic phosphate to less than 0.05 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; 0.81 Ounces
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Seachem 116097000 Final Thoughts

"Best strips ever."

Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier to use. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. Not sure if the reading is 0 or more likely something between 0-. So off to buy some sponge filters I went! This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read.

Overall Score
4.4


(113 Points)

7. 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
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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)

8. Aquaforest Nitrate NO3 Test Kit

Aquaforest 55~65 Testes First Impressions

", is that a 6, 6."

The test strips work as advertised. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. Overall, I am very happy with this kit. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. The kH pad sometimes has the same problem as well.

  • Aquaforest Nitrate NO3 Test Kit
  • Manufacture: Aquaforest
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 1.97 x 5.91 inches; 6.74 Ounces
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Aquaforest 55~65 Testes Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. The test strips work as advertised.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

9. Nutrafin Phosphate 0.0 to 5.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 75 -Tests

User Ratings: 71 5

Nutrafin A7840 First Impressions

"Using this meter is easy."

They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. Here's Tetra's strips if you're curious. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. You mostly find them using API also. I have some pretty lousy water where I live. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Overall good value for a small hobbyist aquarium owner.

  • Nutrafin Phosphate 0.0 to 5.0 Mg/L for Fresh and Saltwater, 75 -Tests
  • Suitable for fresh and saltwater aquariums to measure phosphate levels (0.0-5.0 Mg/L)
  • Phosphate levels should generally never exceed 1 Mg/L
  • Allows you to easily test phosphate levels
  • Helps in the prevention of algae growth
  • Easy to follow directions; Contains 75 tests
  • Manufacture: Nutrafin
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 4.7 inches; 2.4 Ounces
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Nutrafin A7840 Final Thoughts

"Like nuclear waste water."

It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. I have not had any problem whatsoever. The test strips work as advertised. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. This is essential for an accurate reading.

Overall Score
4.4


(35 Points)

10. Seachem MultiTest Copper Test Kit

User Ratings: 63 7

Seachem 116096607 First Impressions

"It's that easy."

The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. I wouldn't call this a master kit but a great start. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. The key is that you are looking for changes. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness.

  • Seachem MultiTest Copper Test Kit
  • Performance driven at affordable prices
  • Made in the USA with quality materials
  • Field tested to ensure nothing but the best for your pet
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches; 0.81 Ounces
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Seachem 116096607 Final Thoughts

"To support my claim."

This test kit is easy to use and the results are easy to read. If you're out for speed, but with less accuracy get the dip tests. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. I don't know so much about how precise these are. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites.

Overall Score
4.2


(221 Points)

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