Water quality is one of the most important parts of fishkeeping. If your aquarium isn’t cycled your fish are in danger, so keeping a close eye on the water values is always a good idea. To test your water you need a water test kit that tests for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH at the very least. But which water test kit should you choose?
Keep reading for a review of the sera aqua-test box, a very complete water test kit by German aquarium company sera.
What is the sera aqua-test box?
I bought the sera aqua-test box to replace my old test set, which was old and dried out. It’s a complete freshwater aquarium test kit that contains all the water tests you need to make sure your fish are safe. It contains tests for NH4/NH3 (ammonia/ammonium), NO2 (nitrite), NO3 (nitrate), PH (acidity), GH (general hardness), KH (carbonate hardness), PO4 (phosphate), Fe (iron) and Cl (chlorine). A Cu (copper) test is not included. Not everyone needs all these tests, but they offer great insight into what’s going on in your tank.
The test kit comes with a color chart, instruction booklet and plastic case. It even includes a pen to write down your test results, which I thought was thoughtful!
My first impression of the test kit was that the quality looked great. Sturdy case, glass testing vials, clear color chart and everything you need to run the tests. A big difference compared to the test kit I had before, which was cheaper but also clearly lower in quality.
The water tests all worked as they should. I used the instruction booklet and pretended I had never done a water test before. Although these tests are always a little complicated I managed to run all of them without any issues. The instructions were short but clear and the glass vials made reading the color chart a lot easier than with my previous test kit.
With the water tests that are included I was able to easily figure out my aquarium was fully cycled (yay!) and that most of the parameters were in the right range for my plants. A Co2 test is unfortunately not included, but you can buy one to use in your indicator here.
All in all, not much to say about this test kit. Not everyone needs all these different tests but they are great for anyone wanting to keep a close eye on their water values (such as the dedicated planted tank enthusiasts). As always, the Germans know what they’re doing when it comes to fishkeeping and this is a high-quality kit that I would definitely buy again.
Buying the sera aqua-test box
The sera aqua-test box might be a little difficult to find outside Germany, but luckily you can easily order it online from Amazon here.
If you have any more questions about what I thought of the sera aqua-test box or if you want to share your own experiences with this test kit, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!