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. AquaCycle Large Aquaponics Fish-less Cycling Kit

User Ratings: 44

The Aquaponic Source ABAAS007 First Impressions

"Easy to use."

A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. I like API products and find them the most accurate. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. Well I found out why they were gulping so bad. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell. I don't know so much about how precise these are.

  • AquaCycle Large Aquaponics Fish-less Cycling Kit
  • Establish nitrifying bacteria in your aquaponics system (a process called “cycling”) before adding fish
  • Powdered, soluble pure ammonia, powdered, soluble seaweed, and nitrifying bacteria are all included.
  • Detailed instructions of how the process works & how to fully cycle your system BEFORE adding fish.
  • Includes a Data Tracking Chart so you can follow your system's progress and spot problems early.
  • This kit has enough material to fully cycle systems with up to 500 gallons of water.
  • Manufacture: The Aquaponic Source
  • Item Weight: 3 pounds
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The Aquaponic Source ABAAS007 Final Thoughts

"25 from 0."

To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. These are do helpful with maintaining your tank. I found running all the tests took me around 10 minutes. I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening.

Overall Score
3.9


(5 Points)

3. Triton Labs ICP-OES Water Test- Full Panel of 32 Elements - Saltwater Reef Testing Kit

User Ratings: 79 5

Triton Labs First Impressions

"Perfect for quick checks."

I don't know so much about how precise these are. This is a kit to test for my aquarium water quality. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Then put the cap on the test vial and invert it several times.

  • Triton Labs ICP-OES Water Test- Full Panel of 32 Elements - Saltwater Reef Testing Kit
  • Testing Elements Include: Na, Ca, Mg, K, Sr, B, Br, S, Li, Be, Ba, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Al, Si, As, Sb, Sn, Cd, Se, Mo, Hg, P (PO4), Pb, I.
  • The results of this test provide you with the most detailed analysis of marine aquarium water you've ever seen, enabling you to understand exactly what's missing, what's excessive, and what to do about it.
  • Manufacture: Triton Labs
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 1 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Triton Labs Final Thoughts

"I know, I'm terrible."

As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. Tank lids, water additives and more have seen the same effect. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. But it is accurate and convenient as is. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off.

Overall Score
4.5


(27 Points)

4. Pet Control HQ Glucometer for Dogs & Cats - Lab-Accurate Blood Sugar Glucose Meter Testing Kit, Test...

User Ratings: 58 8

Pet Control HQ First Impressions

"They work for me."

Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I've already lost one test tube cap, most likely due to my cats playing with them. My water was good to go and soon after I for fish that are doing well! It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience.

  • Pet Control HQ Glucometer for Dogs & Cats - Lab-Accurate Blood Sugar Glucose Meter Testing Kit, Test Strips w/ 2 Calibrated Code-Chips to Monitor Canine or Feline Diabetes - 50 Lancets & Log Book
  • VET-APPROVED FOR FAST & RELIABLE RESULTS: The Pet Control HQ Blood Glucose Meter is trusted by Veterinarians to get fast and accurate glucose readings for diabetic pets; In fact, they choose this pet glucometer because it uses premium GDH enzyme collaborating test strips (stored in a temperature-controlled vial) and has 2 Code-Chips (one for dogs the other cats) for more consistent and accurate test results that can help your furry friends stay in the safe range
  • GENTLE - EVEN FOR SENSITIVE PETS: This pet glucometer requires the least amount of blood of any test available (only 0.6µL) which makes metering as painless and stress-free as possible, and research shows that home testing is more accurate than vet offices due to comfort and lowered stress (especially for high anxiety dogs and cats); Plus, most customers say that after a few tests on the ankle callus, leg, ear, or paw, they’ve seen no more discomfort for their loved ones than at the vet office
  • LAB-ACCURATE TESTING FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME: Veterinarians recommend blood tests because your pet’s highly-regulated system doesn’t change or dilute with hydration (like humans); Our lab-accurate testing lets you precisely monitor blood sugar in the comfort of your home - you’ll enjoy peace of mind that you’re staying on top of your pet’s diabetes to keep them safe and healthy
  • EASY ONE-BUTTON TEST RESULTS IN SECONDS: Pet Parents who want to avoid the nasty side-effects of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia say they love how the one-button operation and easy-to-read 10-second test results give them the confidence to take care of diabetic pooches and kittens - without the stress of vet visits on their animals
  • 2 CODE-CHIP GLUCOMETER FOR CATS & DOGS: Drop the cost of vet bills with the Pet Control HQ medical-grade pet glucometer; Unlike other options that use the same test strip for cats and dogs, this has a 2 Code-Chip test strip (one calibrated for your K9, the other for your kitty) to give you lab-accurate readings of insulin levels at home; Plus, the included data-tracking log book lets you track and share your pet’s readings with your vet for added confidence
  • 1 Pet Control HQ Glucometer for dogs & cats
  • 50 Blood glucose test strips for dogs & cats
  • 2 Code-Chips (one for dogs and one for cats)
  • Manufacture: Pet Control HQ
  • Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
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Pet Control HQ Final Thoughts

"Easy to read."

So I got these to try and I love them. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. My results are never all over the place like other reviewers.

Overall Score
4.1


(61 Points)

5. 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
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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)

6. ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Single Sample Kit

User Ratings: 56 22

ICP Analysis First Impressions

"But do they help, yes."

These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. So did another water change today and now I have happy fish. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. To test it, I bought a 5 pack of 5 site test strips from Petco. In my opinion they arent quite as accurate as master test kits either.

  • ICP Analysis 33 Elemental Water Test Kit - Single Sample Kit
  • ICP Test results are emailed directly to you 24 hours after the water sample is received!
  • Water Testing for 33 Differnt Elements
  • Works with Saltwater and Freshwater - It is beneficial to test your drinking water to insure that chemicals, metals or other harmful elements are not ingested by your family or pets.
  • Manufacture: ICP Analysis
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ICP Analysis Final Thoughts

"Gives me peace of mind."

While using these weirder chemicals, it worries me a little bit. It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I have not had any problem whatsoever. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums.

Overall Score
3.7


(29 Points)

7. 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
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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)

8. 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)

9. E-SHA Esha Quick Test Aquarium Water 5 in 1 Test Strips X 50

User Ratings: 69 3

E-SHA First Impressions

"9m, which is frustrating."

No issues so far, test strips work well. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. 6 showing the test strip as an accurate reading. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish.

  • E-SHA Esha Quick Test Aquarium Water 5 in 1 Test Strips X 50
  • Saves time.
  • Easy to use.
  • Accuracy
  • 300 tests
  • Don't be tempted to skip testing, just let the strips take the strain instead!
  • Manufacture: eSHa
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E-SHA Final Thoughts

"Worked pretty well."

Will definitely buy again, if we ever run out! Just be careful, after all these are chemicals. Very good instructions and a comparison color chart. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Besides these few flaws I have to say it's a great starter kit. Before, I brought water into a pet store, but kept seeing no signs of improvement. But just for a quick check, its hard to beat these test strips.

Overall Score
4.5


(69 Points)

10. Salifert AMPT Ammonia Test Kit

User Ratings: 73 4

Salifert AMPT First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

It was also kinda hard to get exactly 5ml Into the tubes. I have not found that to be true for myself. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. I even got an extra 32 test strips as an added bonus. Nice to have in hand when you own an aquarium.

  • Salifert AMPT Ammonia Test Kit
  • Fast, easy, and accurate
  • Kit includes test vial, measuring syringe, and reagent
  • Approximately 50 tests per kit
  • Top choice of Aquarium Professionals worldwide
  • Made in holland
  • Manufacture: RPDFE
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 5 inches; 3.39 Ounces
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Salifert AMPT Final Thoughts

"00 becomes 40."

It does take some time though to actually get it done. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. I set up a bunch of 20 gallon tanks for fry and stuff. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. First few strips I used gave an accurate ready. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. It helps get you in the ballpark with your water perimeters.

Overall Score
4.5


(153 Points)

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