★★★★ 461 real customer reviews average rating: 4 stars
3 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-09-16
Would have given 2 stars but don't really know how I feel. Tank enthusiasts say they don't work. I bought them anyway. My only feeling is that the readings for nitrates/nitrites might be off. Which are kinda the most important, so yeah...I'm going to get the master kit next time to be safe.
5 Stars By Eric R. on 2016-12-14
I had no idea about the fact that I was basically increasing the concentration of some bad chemicals by just letting water evapo
These strips basically told me that I have no clue how to take care of my tank. I had no idea about the fact that I was basically increasing the concentration of some bad chemicals by just letting water evaporate and then filling my tank back up with the same (albeit treated) city water. It was a great eye opener.
5 Stars By A. L. Edwards on 2016-07-31
I recently started up some aquariums for my grandkids and at the store, these strips are about twice as high, so I purchased them through BTA-MALL. Got them today. Tested both aquariums and they work fine.
3 Stars By Daniel on 2015-10-08
Convenient but inaccurate
Convenient but inaccurate. pH, nitrite, ammonia and nitrate just aren't accurate enough. I used these for awhile until I got the Master Test Kit.
So not completely useless, but maybe not best to rely on them completely. Good for a quick check, but not for specifically diagnosing problems.
Can't comment on kH and gH as the master doesn't come with these.
Either way, just buy the master test kit. It had hundreds of tests compared to 25.
5 Stars By Hannah K Ritter on 2016-02-26
This is a really good product. It did what it described that it would do. And also helps give you a peace of mind about your water quality in your tank. You only thing I would complain about is that there's not that many strips. But overall it's great and you can use it for freshwater or salt water tanks. Just make sure you follow the directions.
2 Stars By Connie on 2015-06-04
Don't waste your money. Just buy the Master Kit.
Honestly, don't waste your money on test strips. They're ok if you don't feel like waiting for a full kit to develop and you don't need really specific results, but as quickly as you'll go through these, just buy the API Master Kit and save your money. The results from the strips can be fairly inaccurate (and it doesn't include a test for ammonia, which is the most important thing to test for when cycling your tank).
5 Stars By PenroseTribar on 2015-07-21
Reliable results and very easy to use.
These are essential to proper water maintenance of a betta tank or anyone just starting out in the universe of aquariums. The environment of every tank can be slightly different, and it's good to develop skills and an instinct of how your tank is faring. I bought these as a reliable and easy-peasy one-stop test kit for my tween, who is enjoying the responsibility of her first very own small tank.
5 Stars By dwight avis on 2017-07-25
Help difficult to read the directions and table showing the levels of each chemical
It is difficult to read the scale in relation to other test strips I have used. The print is very small, the table is difficult to follow. So disappointed/ If I figure it out I will resend this review
3 Stars By ebmike88 on 2016-12-02
Great for a general idea/reading
Can't Really knock the product, gives you a general idea of the tanks water condition. Best to pair these up with the API Freshwater Master Test Kit for a more detailed reading. Get these on BTA-MALL. PetSmarts sells the exact same product for around $17.
5 Stars By Anonymous on 2014-11-01
These are so easy, and helpful for periodic
These are so easy, and helpful for periodic, quick maintenance checks. I also have the testing solution kit I use when things seem off, or I need to be watching closer. So, far every time I compare the two they seem to be dead on. So in my experience I have found them to be accurate as well, I just don't fully rely on them because of all the other statements I've read - saying they are not trustworthy. I'm very happy with these, they make my life easier.