Best Water Testing Equipment of 2022
With products like the Neptune Systems Trident, GHL KH & ION Director, and Focustronic Alkatronic, hobbyists are more empowered today than ever before in the way of monitoring reef aquarium water parameters. While these automated water testing solutions really are changing the way we maintain advanced reef aquariums, they are not always viable solutions for the conventional hobbyist. They are expensive, complex, and can be a little intimidating if you are just not quite ready for equipment of this caliber.
This year, we decided to reflect upon the more simple and affordable water testing solutions in hopes of highlighting products ALL of us can appreciate. We chose our Best Water Testing Equipment of 2022 based on ease-of-use, reliability, and general value to the hobbyist. On this list, not only will you find some of the best-performing testing gear but also some clever solutions to everyday hurdles and maintenance tasks.
Randy's Select Test Kit Bundle
Don't waste precious time and money experimenting with different test kits. Randy has done the work for you and gathered the kits we found to provide the most consistent results and offer the best value for discerning hobbyists.
Randy's Select Test Kit Bundle covers the most important parameters you need to actively monitor in a reef tank: Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium, Phosphate, and Nitrate.
Seachem Ammonia Alert
Ammonia is deadly toxic to your fish and what better way to avoid a catastrophe than having a real-time visual indicator that can detect Ammonia levels down to 0.02 ppm!
Seachem's Ammonia Alert is an affordable and handy device that works great right inside your display, quarantine, or hospital tank. With just a simple glance, you can be confident your tank is safe for your precious fish and will always know exactly when it's time to take action.
Hanna Instruments Checker Colorimeters
Alkalinity, Phosphate, and High-Range Nitrate
Hanna Instruments has simplified the process of monitoring three of the most often tested water parameters with their Alkalinity, Phosphate, and Nitrate Checker Colorimeters.
These easy-to-use devices provide quick and accurate digital test results with the simple push of a button. You won't find yourself counting drops or comparing color charts which effectively eliminates the risk of human error. Test results are produced within minutes and the process is so easy that you won't find yourself neglecting routine water tests.
ICP water testing is a fairly new approach for mainstream hobbyists but is incredibly valuable, especially for troubleshooting persistent problems. Simply mail a sample of your aquarium's water in the included vial and within just a few days you will receive a full panel of scientific grade test results to find out exactly what is in your saltwater.
Triton ICP Testing is the most popular ICP service available to aquarists and measures 36 different major, minor, and trace elements. With the additional N-DOC service you can also get a snapshot of your alkalinity, nutrient ratio, and organic carbon levels.
Your electronic test results arrive via email with accurate measurements and will include detailed recommendations for how you can go about correcting deficiencies and overages.
Tropic Marin Floating Hydrometer
This is one of those devices you might not even know you needed until you actually have it because it makes monitoring salinity so easy. Tropic Marin's Floating Hydrometer gives you an instantaneous and very accurate measurement of salinity at a glance.
The sealed glass tube simply floats at varying heights based on the specific gravity (salinity) of the water. There is a marked scale on the stem where you take the measurement wherever it aligns with the water's surface.
It is affordable and never requires calibration or maintenance. It works great for mixing saltwater and ensuring your refractometer and digital salinity meters are performing as expected.