The Best of Test Kits
The Best of Test Kits

One of the first principles to learn when starting out in the aquarium hobby is the importance of frequent water testing. Keeping the numerous parameters in check was once a difficult task but, with all of the testing options now on the market, it has become easier than ever. Maintaining proper parameters are crucial to the success of any aquarium and our recommendations reflect those aspirations. We recommend weekly testing of your parameters regardless of what kit you are using. While covering the best aquarium test kits is our main goal within this article, there may be some other specialized testing needs that you may come to experience. If you have any questions about testing, or you are looking for a recommendation, our customer care team would be happy to assist you.   

What once was an extremely tedious and time consuming task has begun to simplify itself as improvements in technology have allowed for easier ways to test our aquarium water. Within this article we will break down some test kit recommendations for a variety of unique aquariums. We will first discuss a basic beginner kit, a comprehensive testing system for a reefer, and a testing option for a freshwater specialist. We will then make our picks for testing automation and the tech enthusiast. Marine Depot carries a plethora of testing options to suit any of your potential needs.

Summary:   

The Best Kit for the Beginner: Salifert Test Kit Line

Our Pick For the Reefer: Red Sea Test Kit Line

The Choice for the Freshwater Specialist: API Freshwater Master Kit

The Top Selection for Automation: Neptune Trident 

Our Pick For the Tech Enthusiast: Hanna Instruments Professional Reef Test Kit Version 2 

The Best Kit for the Beginner: Salifert Test Kit Line

Salifert Test Kit Line
Salifert Test Kit Line

Salifert has been one of the industry leaders in aquarium testing for decades and their test kit line has changed very little since their initial release. This is simply due to the fact that these kits work. With easy to follow directions, and clear indication of what the reading is on a particular element, these tests will remain one of the great options for saltwater aquariums. Most of the kits will require different solutions to be added to your tank water and once you recognize a change in color, the reading on the syringe will indicate the level of the given element in your aquarium. In addition to these tests being easy to perform and accurate, they are also quite cost effective as you can expect a minimum of 50 tests out of each kit. For Each of these reasons, the test kit lineup from Salifert is our choice for the best aquarium test kit for the beginner. 

Our Pick For the Tech Enthusiast: Hanna Instruments Professional Reef Test Kit Version 2 

Hanna Instrument Professional Reef Test Kit Version 2
Hanna Instrument Professional Reef Test Kit Version 2

Hanna Instruments has been bringing their reliable, efficient, and accurate testing devices to the aquarium market for years now. The professional reef test kit set will cover all the main needs to keep your reef tank parameters in check. This kit includes Alkalinity, Calcium, and Phosphate checkers in addition to a salinity and temperature tester. This selection is unique in the fact that they don’t require the subject conducting the test to decide on the reading. Each tester will give you the specific results through a digital readout. This set will also include all the reagents and materials needed to get to testing your aquarium right away. Hanna is one of the leaders not only in the aquarium testing industry but, in a wide variety of analytical instruments. Each Tester will also be individually packaged to keep the entire set organized. For each these reasons, Hanna’s Professional Reef Test Kit is the best aquarium test kit option on the market for tech enthusiasts.   

The Choice for the Freshwater Specialist: API Freshwater Master Kit

API Freshwater Master Test Kit
API Freshwater Master Test Kit

API is another long standing manufacturer in the aquarium hobby and their master kits are one of the most cost effective and easy ways to get into testing. For the freshwater aquarist, their master kit will cover the basics of everything you need to get a general range of parameters within your tank. While these kits may not give you the most detailed readings, they will give you a great idea of any actions you may need to take to keep your aquarium in good shape. API made each test extremely easy to perform and quick to get the results you need. The kit covers both high and low range PH, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate which will give you a great basis of where a tank is currently at during any given time. The comprehensive and easy to perform traits of this unit makes it our choice for one of the best aquarium test kits for the freshwater hobbyist. 

The Top Selection for Automation: Neptune Trident 

Neptune Trident
Neptune Trident

With all of the innovation in the aquarium hobby, we can’t discuss water testing without mentioning the Trident from Neptune Systems. This automated system will work hand in hand with a Neptune Apex to get you frequent readings on Calcium, Magnesium, and Alkalinity within your saltwater aquarium. While this isn’t what you have come to expect from a normal test kit, the technology and automation that has gone into this unit makes it both accurate and helpful. The Neptune Trident can test both Calcium and Magnesium up to 12 times a day and Alkalinity up to 24 times a day. The unit can also work alongside a Neptune Dos to get your parameters where they need to be. Each test will be plotted on a chart so you can see the evolution of your readings over time. This product is a fascinating look into the future of reef keeping and it certainly has a place in keeping your tank elements in check. This testing innovation serves as a means to creating a more stable and successful aquarium. 

Our Pick For the Reefer: Red Sea Test Kit Line

Red Sea Reef Foundation Test Kit
Red Sea Reef Foundation Test Kit

Red Sea is one of the most proven and popular aquarium companies in the entire aquarium hobby. Their test kits have become one of the industry standards within the community. Red Sea has made it easier to load up on the tests you need with combined packages such as their Reef Foundation and Algae Control Pro kits which contain testing for multiple elements. These kits are very accurate and won’t take all day for you to perform. Another excellent feature of these tests is the option to purchase additional refill kits instead of having to purchase completely new testing units. That being said, you can still expect an average of 60-80 tests with your initial purchase of the test kit. Additionally, Red Sea has produced detailed, laminated, and straightforward instructions that allow for easy to conduct testing. These elements make the Red Sea line the best aquarium test kits for the reefing community. 

Final Thoughts:

We hope this article has served as a comprehensive guide to some of the best aquarium test kit options on the market. Even with all of the changes in the hobby over the years, testing parameters in any tank remains a true key to sustained success. Test kits have come a long way and manufacturers will continue to innovate them to where they are more accurate and quicker to perform. Marine Depot will continue to offer the most up to date and effective aquarium products with the mission of allowing our loyal customers to achieve each of their aquarium goals. If you are needing a test kit recommendation or if you have any questions, our customer care team would be happy to assist you. Continue to keep your aquarium parameters in check and you will watch your tank evolve into something you can truly be proud of.