Aquarium Testing Tennessee 




Lab Grade Aquarium testing at the click of a button!

"I highly recommend Robert with Reef Route Aquatics! He's extremely knowledgeable about aquarium installations and ongoing aquarium maintenance. His service is friendly and he's very responsive!"
-Maja Webb
Tropical Fish Only

Lab Grade Aquarium Testing

Lab Grade Aquarium Testing PRICING

Aquarium Water Testing

Some aquariums require additional analysis to properly understand problems and issues. Sometimes it’s just a piece of mind to know what’s going on in your aquarium. Reef Route Aquatics collects the water samples, sends them out to the lab, and helps our customer understand the chemistry. (This service is half off if customer agrees to a service agreement or, if the system is already under the care of Reef Route Aquatics.)

Our lab grade aquarium testing process is very simple.

  • Once you request testing, we’ll ask that you purchase the test kit through our website.
  • Then we’ll schedule and appointment to collect the water samples, and send the test out for processing.
  • Depending on the demand, the results may take a few weeks to receive.
  • Upon completion Reef Route Aquatics will email you a PDF file with your results.
  • At that point we will schedule either a phone conversation to discuss your results and plan of action for correction, or we can setup a in person consultation at your request.

Very easy to do, and a small price to pay for either a piece of mind, or detailed explanation of what’s wrong. Either way, Reef Route Aquatics is here to help.

Lab Grade Aquarium
ICP-OES, lab grading aquarium water testing (This service does not include the cost of the ICP test. ICP test kit must be purchased separately.)
$ 90
Per test
  • Collection of samples
  • Mailing test vials
  • Visual check of equipment, air and water flow.
  • On or off site chemical testing of water/tank health diagnosis
  • Help solve problems and make suggestions
  • Free Consultation to explain results


Testing aquarium water has never been easier. Having better equipment than the average hobbyist, lab grade testing is more accurate and more reliable than ever before.

Don;t risk your aquariums success to a inexpressive test kit from a big box store. Get your reef tank tested with a high quality ICP test today!

ATI ICP-OES Complete Saltwater Water Test Kit

ATI ICP is the preferred ICP test with Reef Route Aquatics. We’ve been using it and recommending it for years. It has a nice website interface, and allows us the option to share the results easily with our customers. Their layout with the way they report is also easy to read and understand. The report not only gives you the values of your tank water, but also gives you the recommended values of natural seawater, which is very helpful.

  • Includes salinity and alkalinity unlike competing test kits
  • Major elements: chloride, sodium, sulfur, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bromine, strontium and boron
  • Minor elements: aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, bismuth, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, iodine, lead, lithium, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, phosphorus, selenium, silicon, silver, thallium, tin, titanium, vanadium and zinc
aquarium testing

Purchase a water testing kit for aquarium from Reef Route Aquatics, and we’ll help you understand your results and assist with a solution to get your aquarium back on track.

Why is Testing your aquarium water Important?

Aquarium testing is important because it can alert you to life altering conditions within your fish tank. Aquarium testing on a regular basis will help you keep your fish and corals in optimum health.

In regards towards reef aquariums. ICP testing will test trace elements we either can’t test for, or our hobby level test kits aren’t as accurate as we’d like. ICP testing is the closest the hobbyist will get to lab grade testing.

Utilizing ICP testing could also help with investigating unknown circumstances that we sometime experience in the reef keeping hobby. There are times when we test with no obvious reasons for certain conditions.

  • Example: Coral health is declining in the aquarium, and all hobby grade testing appears to be within parameters, but coral health is still declining or getting worse.

It is at this point you’d want to get a ICP test done to help determine what’s going on in your aquarium, and start developing a plan to get your corals health back on track.

So in conclusion. We spend so much money on our fish and corals, we should protect our investment with either a annual ICP test, or be quick to order one if we think we’re not going to find the answer with our home test kits. Contact Reef Route Aquatics today if you are in need of a ICP test, and need help understanding or correcting the results.


Check out the list of services we offer. We handle everything from aquarium installations to Aquarium cleaning. No matter what you need, we got you covered.

Aquarium Service
Fish tank cleaning can be a job! Have your aquarium cleaned and serviced by an Aquatics Specialist. 
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Aquarium Installation
Custom aquarium design and setup. Allow our experience to save you time and money.
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Aquarium Relocation
Across the room or across town. We're professional aquarium movers? Let us worry about the details. 
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Aquarium Monitoring
Monitoring service for a low price. Having a second set of eyes is a great form of redundancy.
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Turtle Tank Service
Keeping a turtle tank clean can be a challenge. We also service other semi-aquatic reptiles and animals.
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Aquarium Testing
ICP-OES, lab grading aquarium water testing. We'll help you understand what's going on, and how to fix it.
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Planted Aquarium Service
Aquatic Horticulture Service will keep the conditions prime for plant growth.
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Reef Tank Service
There a lot more going on in a reef tank,. We can keep everything maintained.
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Aquarium Design​
Your dreams are never too far from reality. Imagination, and budget are the only restrictions.
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Quarantine Service​
Offerings quarantine services for all types of aquatic life. We’ll deliver the healthiest specimens
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Testing Aquarium Water for Healthy Fish and Corals

Keeping your fish and corals healthy means regularly testing the aquarium water. This guide will show you how to test aquarium water and what kind of results you should be looking for!

Aquarium testing is an essential part of maintaining a healthy environment for your fish and corals. 

Testing the water in your aquarium allows you to monitor chemical levels, and helps you identify any problems before they become serious. This guide will walk you through the steps of conducting an aquarium water test and interpreting the results.

Understand What Should be Tested and Why.

One of the most important steps of aquarium testing is understanding what should be tested and why. The two most common tests measure the levels of ammonia, nitrates and nitrites. Ammonia is toxic to fish and corals and can rapidly reduce oxygen levels in the water. Nitrates and nitrites are produced during the breakdown of organic matter, such as food debris or fish waste, and should remain at low levels for a healthy aquarium. Testing for phosphorus is also recommended as it can cause an excess algae growth if it’s too high.

Select the Proper Test Equipment for Accurate Results.

When it comes to aquarium testing you may want to consider investing in quality test kits and meters. Poorly calibrated or inaccurate test equipment can lead to unreliable readings, so it’s important to understand the accuracy of the equipment being used. Test kits that take liquid samples are generally preferable as they are more accurate than strip tests. For digital meters, make sure to ensure that they meet the desired accuracy rate and have undergone proper maintenance.

Set up and Prepare the Aquarium for Testing.

To get the most accurate readings when testing your aquarium water, it’s important to ensure that the environment has been properly set up. Before taking samples for analysis, make sure that the aquarium is filled with dechlorinated tap water and any saltwater mixes if applicable. It is also important to adjust the temperature of the tank based on what species of fish you will be keeping in it. Additionally, turn off pump filters and any decorations that could interfere with sampling.

Follow a Regular Maintenance Schedule for Aquarium Testing.

To keep fish, corals, and other aquatic life in optimal conditions, it is important to create a regular schedule for water testing. Aquariums need tests at least every two weeks to monitor their health. During these times, test the water for temperature, pH, nitrate levels and other nutrients that could affect the health of your fish or coral. This helps to ensure that any changes in water quality can be managed and corrected quickly to avoid major issues.

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If you’re in the Murfreesboro Area

Please stop by Animal City on NW Broad St. They have high quality fish and equipment, and there staff is more than helpful!

If you’re in the Nashville Area

Aquatic Critter on Nolensville Pk. in Nashville is and awesome one stop for everything aquarium.