Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Zoetis Aquarium Test Kits

1. AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 50 Count

User Ratings: 83 2

Zoetis 14535 First Impressions

"That is time consuming."

The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. This is a good kit so much more accurate and easy to figure out how to use it. They showed the same results as these for the sites they had in common. I'm still not sure about the chlorine site. I would not use it solely for checking nitrate and nitrites. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. First and second test have a little change which was expected.

  • AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Test Strips, 50 Count
  • No Fabric
  • Made in USA
  • Fifty (50) test strips in one box
  • Use with device to monitor your pet's blood glucose
  • Easy to use
  • Manufacture: Abbott Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.85 x 1.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoetis 14535
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Zoetis 14535 Final Thoughts

"I really enjoy this kit."

This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. They show results, what is safe& not safe and what to do if not safe. I find that the accuracy is wrong in the sense it's better than it reads. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. These helped me check the levels and they were easy to use. Very helpful for checking the water in our tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(2489 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Zoetis Aquarium Test Kits

2. Zoetis 14535 Alphatrak II Test Strips 50's

User Ratings: 79 1

Zoetis 14535 First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. Unfortunately nitrates still might be the most important test, at least for me it is. The rest of the test in the kit are much easier 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. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below.

  • Zoetis 14535 Alphatrak II Test Strips 50's
  • Monitors your pet's blood glucose
  • Use the same accurate device that your veterinarian uses
  • Easy to use
  • Manufacture: Lambert Vet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.85 x 1.5 inches; 0.81 Ounces
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Zoetis 14535 Final Thoughts

"Simple and easy to use."

My tap water actually was really green and was a very close match to the 1. My 12 yrs old son wanted a fish tank so we got him 2. The strips are packaged well so they stay fresh and ready to use. Strips were always stored in a sealed dry place. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. This is no different so I wouldn't knock this product for that. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it.

Overall Score
4.7


(484 Points)

3. Ailinda CO2 Drop Checker Glass Aquarium Monitor CO2 Indicator for Planted Fish Tank

User Ratings: 68 9

Ailinda First Impressions

"Great strips."

I was having trouble keeping my fish tank water looking good. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. Accurate results and much much cheaper than buying from a pet chain. These strips work very well and I have had consistent results with them. The nitrate test is a little finicky as most users will agree. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess.

  • Ailinda CO2 Drop Checker Glass Aquarium Monitor CO2 Indicator for Planted Fish Tank
  • Material: Made of high quality glass, which is non-toxic, safe and durable.
  • The color is transparent and easy to be observed. It is used to monitor the level of CO2 in the aquarium, so that you can replace the water in time. Can keep the CO2 levels in your tank consistently by checking it regularly.
  • Widely applications: Suitable for fish farming tanks, aquariums, aquatic plants and aquaculture, etc. Monitoring CO2 levels in your planted aquarium is very important for the health of your plants and fish.
  • Make sure your test kit is clean. Drop the carbon dioxide indicator (not included) into the glass CO2 monitor and hang the inlet towards the inside of the aquarium. Wait for about two hours to know the result.
  • Apply to: Fish tank, aquarium, especially aquatic plants, tropical fish to watch and cultivate for fish tank. Monitor to be installed below the water surface about 10cm, it is recommended not to install too far from the refiner.
  • Manufacture: Ailinda
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Ailinda Final Thoughts

"Exactly as pictured."

I will now test my water periodically to make sure everything is ok. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and 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. I have not had any problem whatsoever. The key is that you are looking for changes. They quickly shipped me a new product.

Overall Score
4.3


(26 Points)

4. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The 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)

5. Seachem 28658 Alert Combo Pack

User Ratings: 63 10

Seachem First Impressions

"It's very easy to do."

But it turns out that is not the case. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it. Wasn't labeled that way in the descriptor. I have a 55 gallon tank with a few large goldfish. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0. I wish there were a simpler accurate test for it.

  • Seachem 28658 Alert Combo Pack
  • A year of continuous monitoring
  • No Strips, no tests, just constant readings
  • Monitors pH and ammonia
  • Manufacture: Seachem
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem
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Seachem Final Thoughts

"Best strips ever."

They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. But if it's wrong at least I was proactive about it. I used to always take a water sample to the pet store and they would teat it. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I have not had any problem whatsoever. If I had a complaint, I wish the color legend was printed on the bottle.

Overall Score
4.1


(577 Points)

6. Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests

User Ratings: 79 3

Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 First Impressions

"Thanks Seachem."

Nice that so many things are tested with one dip in the water. Very easy to use and very easy to read test strips. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. This is essential for an accurate reading. These are working very well for me. Their Whisper 1-5 filter cartridges have skyrocketed in price and become a scarcity. Strips are accurate as far as I can tell.

  • Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21416 Reagent Magnesium Pro Refill Kit for Aquarium, 100 Tests
  • Magnesium Pro Test Kit Is An Advanced Titration Test
  • Measuring The Level Of Magnesium In Your Reef Aquarium To An Exceptionally High Accuracy Of 20 Ppm
  • Magnesium pro test kit boasts a new level of convenience for reef aquarium hobbyists
  • Routine And Precise Measurement Of Aquarium Magnesium Levels Is Essential For Successful Coral Reef Aquariums
  • This Advanced Magnesium Titration Test Kit Encourages Proper Testing Skills With Ease-Of-Use
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 1.97 x 3.15 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014
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Red Sea Fish Pharm Ltd. 306014 Final Thoughts

"Let me explain."

Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. I like API products and find them the most accurate. As you can see in comparison the only difference was the Nitrate. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. First and second test have a little change which was expected. I have not had any problem whatsoever. It shows it could be between 1-20 but the liquid shows 0.

Overall Score
4.6


(59 Points)

7. Red Sea 23167 Nitrate Pro 100 Tests Refill

User Ratings: 71

Red Sea 23167 First Impressions

"These strips are great."

But it turns out that is not the case. Takes about 5 minutes to check everything. The stripa are easy to use, clear instructions and I gor results in seconds. 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. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. I take every precaution about the chlorine, and trust the strips for everything else.

  • Red Sea 23167 Nitrate Pro 100 Tests Refill
  • This Product Is Easy To Use
  • This Product Adds A Great Value
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 0.3 Pounds
  • Package Dimensions: 4.7007874015748" L X 3.09842519685039" W X 2" H
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 23167
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Red Sea 23167 Final Thoughts

"YES, it's accurate."

Every test I do takes just a few drops. I respect a company that backs their product. It does not test ammonia but that's clear in the description and bottle. Best price, best quality, fair accuracy and better than most brands, etc. This is not the right way to use this test, as it took me awhile to realize this. And if it was, please click on the helpful button below. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks.

Overall Score
4.6


(18 Points)

8. Glosso Factory Drop Checker Kit with Single or Dual CO2 Indicator Pre-Mixed 4.2 and 8.4 dKH Solution...

User Ratings: 72 3

Glosso Factory First Impressions

"They work for me."

If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. The API Test Strips are a good water monitoring system for small tanks. These strips are not to be trusted as a primary testing method for aquariums. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. It does'not' have the same accuracy but it’s very close. It is one small part of the overall aquarium ownership experience. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves.

  • Glosso Factory Drop Checker Kit with Single or Dual CO2 Indicator Pre-Mixed 4.2 and 8.4 dKH Solutions for Planted Aquariums
  • Glass drop checker with pre-mixed indicator solution, suction cup, and more
  • 1oz bottle indicator solution, 4.2 dKH, to measure CO2 content, (Green at 30ppm), Indicator solution comes pre-mixed at 4.2dKH with reagent mixed in
  • Flexible pipette and instructions included, Optional darkening agent included
  • The optional darkening agent can be used to darken the solution as desired, this means more accurate and easier to read measurements especially for tanks with high lights or dark backgrounds
  • The indicator solution will turn from Blue to Yellow as dissolved CO2 levels increase
  • Manufacture: Planted Aquarium Concepts LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 6.75 x 4.25 x 2.5 inches; 5.61 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Glosso Factory
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Glosso Factory Final Thoughts

"Just sayin'."

I respect a company that backs their product. You never want to wait too long and the tank crashes and has major problems. Dip it in the water horizontally and keep it horizontal and read it against bottle. A plus is that they don't bleed colors while testing. The strips are able to monitor pH, nitrate, nitrite, water hardness. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. So I got these to try and I love them.

Overall Score
4.5


(163 Points)

9. Fresh/Salt Carbonate Test Kit

User Ratings: 77 5

API 0317163010594 First Impressions

"Good value."

Tetra has always done that and I will continue to use their products. They're super easy to read and seem to be pretty accurate. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Every test I do takes just a few drops. They test pretty accurate when run against my chemical tests. Comes with a lot of test strips, that are extremely easy to use and read. 6 and run a high pH you will see it could actually be 7.

  • Fresh/Salt Carbonate Test Kit
  • Liquid test for fresh and saltwater
  • Helps detect stress on fish caused by rapid pH shifts, the result of low KH levels
  • Contains color chart, clear instructions and glass tube(s)
  • Package Quantity 1
  • Manufacture: Mars
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 0317163010594
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API 0317163010594 Final Thoughts

"Like nuclear waste water."

No issues so far, test strips work well. It looks to have the slightest green tinge but is not as green as the 0. 32 seconds and I have a reading and I'm on my way with no mess. Also, I'd avoid Tetra's strips to be honest- the reviews speak for themselves. So this thing worked very well and gave a reading that made perfect sense. I'm the test strip came in handy it saved all of my fish. I tested the water and the nitrates and the ph were pretty high still.

Overall Score
4.5


(31 Points)

10. PETLOFT 6-in-1 Aquarium Water Test Strips, 100 Count 6 Way Freshwater and Saltwater Test Strips Easy...

User Ratings: 39 16

PETLOFT First Impressions

"Maybe I have bad bottle."

No issues so far, test strips work well. If your lighting isn't right the colors will be very off. Probably won't buy again because of the bleeding issues. The caps do leak a tiny bit on the tubes. Despite what it says on the chart, oxygen at 6mg will cause fish to start gulping. This spreads out the 6 month expiration date after opening. It's quick and easy and can give you an alert if something may be going on.

  • PETLOFT 6-in-1 Aquarium Water Test Strips, 100 Count 6 Way Freshwater and Saltwater Test Strips Easy Test PH Total Hardness Chlorine Alkalinity Cyanuric Acid for Fish Tank Pool Pond SPA
  • 6-in-1 Test Strips: Easily and accurately test for PH, total hardness (general hardness), total chlorine, free chlorine/bromine, total alkalinity, and cyanuric acid to help keep your water properly balanced
  • Fast and Easy to Test: Remove a test strip without touching the test fields with your fingers; Dip the test trip into the water for 1-2 seconds; Hold horizontally for 60 seconds (longer or shorter may affect the result); Compare the test strip colors with the chart included; Before testing, please keep water as clear as possible for best result
  • Storage and Expiration: Contains 100 strips; Valid for 24 months if store in a dry and dark place at 2℃ to 30℃; Please keep bottle cap closed between uses
  • Widely Used: Safe for both freshwater and saltwater environments; Widely used for fish tank, pool, aquarium, pond, and so on
  • Manufacture: J&D Tech
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PETLOFT
  • Test Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
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PETLOFT Final Thoughts

"Super easy to use."

I get a consistent reading every time, retests included. I started wearing gloves when I use the kit. But after last night these are a must have for me. No one brand is going to guarantee against this. If you're looking for a quick-hit on a range of water quality these are the answer. A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. It's difficult to tell if all the test sites on the strip are accurate.

Overall Score
3.5


(26 Points)

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