Best Marine Aquarium Test Kits in 2021
API SALTWATER MASTER TEST KIT 550-Test Saltwater Aquarium Water Test Kit
Tetra EasyStrips 6-In-1 aquarium Test Strips, Water Testing, Model:19543
- COMPLETE TESTING Regularly testing your water levels is critical to the success of your aquarium
- 6 DIFFERENT TESTS WITH 1 STRIP Just one test monitors nitrates nitrites water hardness chlorine alkalinity and pH levels
- VERSATILE Can be used in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
- CONVENIENT Just dip into water wait 60 seconds and read results
- USAGE Use weekly to monitor aquarium water after water changes or when adding new fish
- Age Range Description: All Life Stages
API COPPER TEST KIT 90-Test Aquarium Water Test Kit
- Contains one (1) API COPPER TEST KIT 90-Test Aquarium Water Test Kit, including 1 bottle of testing solution, 1 color card and 1 glass test tube with cap
- Helps monitor copper and prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish or treatments ineffective
- Accurately detects copper levels from 0-4 ppm
- Low copper level could make parasitic infections treatment ineffective
- Use for weekly monitoring, when water or fish problems appear and when medicating
API HIGH RANGE PH TEST KIT 160-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Water Test Kit
- Contains one (1) API HIGH RANGE PH TEST KIT 160-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Water Test Kit, including 1 bottle of testing solution, 1 color card and 1 glass test tube with cap
- Helps monitor pH and prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and cause fish loss
- Accurately reads pH range 7.4 - 8.8, ideal for Goldfish, Marine, and African Cichlids.
- Because different geographies have different tap water conditions, and different fish need different pH levels to be healthy, API helps measure pH levels & detect pH fluctuation caused by fish waste, uneaten food and addition of tap water.
- Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21525 Marine Care Test Kit for Aquarium
- Marine care test kit includes all of the main kits you need to run a healthy marine aquarium
- Allowing you to easily monitor the nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, pH and alkalinity levels
- The easy-to-use tests come with simple instructions and color charts
- 100 Ammonia test with accuracy of 0. 02 ppm, 100 and 60 nitrate test with accuracy of 2 ppm and 0. 05 ppm
- 100 pH test with accuracy of 0. 2 ppm, 55 alkalinity test with accuracy of 1 dKH/0. 36 meq/L
Red Sea Reef Foundation Test Kit - Calcium, Alkalinity & Magnesium
- Saltwater Reef Foundation Pro Multi Test Kit
- Includes High Accuracy Titration Tests For The Accurate Measurement Of The Elements Calcium, Magnesium And Alkalinity (KHz)
- All of these elements need to be available in balanced proportions for sustainable successful coral health and growth
- This Test Kit Enables Accurate Dosing Of The Reef Foundation Supplements
- Test Kit Includes 5Ppm 75-Test Calcium Pro, 0. 05 Me/L 75-Test KHz/Alkalinity Pro And 20 Ppm 60-Test Magnesium Pro Tests
API 5-in-1 Test Strips Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Strips 25-Count Box
- Contains one (1) API 5-IN-1 TEST STRIPS Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Test Strips 25-Count Box
- Monitors levels of pH, nitrite, nitrate carbonate and general water hardness in freshwater and saltwater aquariums
- Dip test strips into aquarium water and check colors for fast and accurate results
- Helps prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and cause fish loss
- Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
Seachem Ammonia Alert
- Sachem sensor Technology
- No Strips, no tests, just constant readings
- For marine and freshwater use
Seachem MultiTest Phosphate Test Kit
- 75 test
- Fresh or saltwater use
- Unique indicator
JNW Direct 7 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips - 150 Count, Best Kit for Accurate Water Quality Testing for Saltwater & Freshwater Aquariums and Fish Ponds
- THE ULTIMATE AT HOME TESTING KIT for your aquarium. Tests for 7 parameters: total hardness, free chlorine, nitrite, nitrate, pH, total alkalinity & KH / carbonate
- EXTREMELY EASY TO USE aquarium strips, Instant reliable results with simple and clear instructions. Simply dip and compare with large color chart on the bottle
- BONUS FREE MOBILE APP INCLUDED - Record, track and monitor your aquarium test strip results with ultimate accuracy. Available for IOS and Android
- 150 STRIPS MEANS 150 TESTS - Each aquarium test strip provides accurate and fast results for any water sources including fresh and salt water aquariums & fish ponds
- ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR FISH ARE HEALTHY, our fish tank test strips come with a great e-book explaining what your results mean and how you can keep your fish bowl water in the right condition
An Introduction to the Marine Aquarium Hobby (Part 2)
Keys to an effective marine tank
Now the fun and excitement occurs as you are ready to select your livestock once your tank has cycled. With the knowledge that you have accumulated through countless hours of reading and researching on website forums and the myriad of informative and enjoyable books on the market today, you can start collecting the livestock for your tank(s). This sounds easier than it is however, as the order in which you add fish or inverts to your tank can create some devastating results. The adding of fish too quickly or too many in a short period of time will create some shortcomings and pitfalls that as a conscientious aquarist can be avoided rather easily. As you probably know by now, fish have different personalities, and aggression traits. Communal or a more boisterous tank set up. This variable has to be addressed to alleviate the chances of aggression by the more aggressive fish over territory etc. Also, it is best to add the more aggressive fish last... as it gives the more docile fish a better chance to get comfortable and established in their surroundings with the more boisterous fish then being added. Aggressive behavior is usually curbed somewhat when this little point is adhered to.
Next come the dilemma of adding too many fish too quickly. I know, you were excited and with the plethora of vibrant fish available at your local pet shop, you went overboard! Now you are wondering why your ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are way above the norm. This is the end result of the bacteria(nitrosomonas and nitrobacter) levels not being able to handle the bioload as it takes time for the bacteria population to increase to handle this increase in ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. You will also see an increase in dissolved organics and particulates, phosphates, nuisance micro algae growth, Gelbstoff(yellowing agent to your water) , cyanobacteria, diatoms, and the list goes on and on. Because of these variables, potential problematic reaction's may result, leading to the wipe out of your tanks bioload. Care and willpower have to be used to curb this potentially fatal situation. It is advisable to add a fish or two every few weeks or so till you have reached your ideal population. Another important thing to remember is that size plays a factor as well. Obviously, you can put more damsel sized fish in your tank than say large yellow tang sized fish. The inch per gallon rule is a pretty good indicator to help you eliminate the overpopulating of your tank and offering you a better chance at keeping your water parameters in check.
Some very good husbandry and routine maintenance guides to follow are to perform weekly small water changes!!!! This will help to make sure that your water has beneficial trace elements and vitamins, and dilute the pollutants that are in your water. Diligent and effective skimming is crucial as well as moderate water flow to ALL parts of your tank with the focus on decreasing dead spots throughout your tank where detritus can accumulate through advection and diffusion. Make sure that your skimmer and other pieces of equipment are cleaned and checked to ensure their optimal performance. A skimmer along with carbon additions is great to advocate, however, these components Will quickly consume/absorb trace minerals and vitamins, another reason to do weekly water changes and dose some of the more beneficial traces and vitamins to ensure your livestock is reaping the benefits of this.
Overfeeding is a no-no and should not be implemented as once in awhile or on a continual basis. This only affects your water quality, and the food allowed to stay in your tank for a period of time will only decompose further increasing potential problems.
Testing of your water is a great habit to get into, especially with chemicals/traces you plan on dosing such as iodine/iodide, calcium, strontium and iron. This ensures that you are at the desired level with regards to these beneficial elements, and also helps to ensure you don't overdose!
By taking the time to prepare yourself, do a little research, and enlighten yourself, you gain a stronger foothold on the saltwater hobby. As mentioned in my first part, marine tanks are usually harder to set-up initially, but in due time as your tank matures, marine tanks, I feel, are actually easier to keep, but it does take some homework and time on your part. Being conscientious, observant, responsible and showing some patience and sympathy for the saltwater hobby, your actions will undoubtedly be noticed and you will reap the benefits associated with these key components.
Take it slow...don't panic and whatever you do, don't get dejected and quit prematurely just because of a few pitfalls. You will encounter many bumps in the road, especially as a newbie to the hobby, but the peaks, in my opinion, will far outweigh the valleys.