10 Most popular saltwater aquarium books


Are you looking for a book to help advance your knowledge and help you build and maintain a healthy and successful saltwater aquarium or reef tank? Here is a list of the Top 10 Most Popular saltwater aquarium books purchased by Saltwater Aquarium Blog readers. This list was generated from actual purchasing data on Amazon, not in my opinion, although I do add some color commentary.

10th most popular

Two books are tied for the spot as the 10th most popular saltwater aquarium book– The New Marine Aquarium and A Pocket Expert Guide to Marine Fishes.

The New Marine Aquarium
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Michael S. Paletta
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Edition no. 0 (09/01/2002)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes: 500+ Essential-To-Know Aquarium Species
  • Pet Supplies
  • Scott W. Michael
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Paperback: 448 pages

Both of these popular books are on my shelves and are a solid investment. I routinely flip through Marine Fishes whenever I see or think about a new addition to my tank, as the first step before diving into deeper research.

#9 Most popular saltwater aquarium book

Saltwater Fish and Reef Tanks: From Beginner to Expert
  • Zechariah James Blanchard
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Edition no. 1 (04/18/2014)
  • Paperback: 154 pages

#8 Most popular

Practical Coral Farming: Expanded Second Edition
  • Miguel Tolosa
  • Organism Press
  • Paperback
  • Edition no. 0 (01/01/1970)
  • English

You can read my review of this book here

#7 How to Frag Corals

#6 Most popular book is a book for dummies

Quite frankly, I’m a bit surprised, because none of my readers are dummies…

Saltwater Aquariums For Dummies
  • For Dummies
  • Gregory Skomal
  • Publisher: For Dummies
  • Edition no. 2 (01/04/2007)
  • Paperback: 368 pages

They must have been buying this book for a friend.

#5 Clownfishes by Joyce Wilkerson

The 5th most popular book is another one of my all-time favorites. It went out of print for several years and you could only score a used copy if you were willing to pay top dollar for it. Thankfully, the book is now available as an e-book, for those of you who are looking to get a copy for yourselves.

  • Joyce D. Wilkerson
  • TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (04/01/1998)
  • English

If you want to keep clownfishes in your aquarium, and especially if you hope to breed them, this is a great book to have.

10 most popular saltwater aquarium books

#4 Most popular saltwater aquarium book: Reef Journal

Reef Journal is a helpful, step-by-step guide to setting up a successful reef aquarium. taking you through planning exercises, and helping you document your progress and chronicle your success.

Reef Journal
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Reef Journal
Easy to use worksheets help you monitor:

  • Cycling the tank
  • Proper quarantine procedures
  • Critical aquarium water parameters
  • Treating sick fish

Reef Journal will be a keepsake you will cherish and save for years and a valuable resource to help you monitor the changes in your aquarium.

#3 most popular saltwater aquarium book

107 Tips for the Marine Reef Aquarium
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107 Tips for the Marine Reef Aquarium
HELPFUL TIPS YOU CAN USE RIGHT AWAY. Whether you already have a reef aquarium or simply dream of starting one, the 107 tips in this book will save you time and money and give you the confidence to achieve the success you desire.

#2 Corals: the authoritative text

This book, by Eric Borneman, is one of the most common books I refer back to, over and over again. It’s a very useful book and comes highly recommended–but don’t just take my word for it–your fellow readers are buying it too!

Aquarium Corals : Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History
  • 700 world-class photographs
  • Jam packed with great advice
  • Reviewed by leading coral biologists
  • Eric H. Borneman
  • Publisher: Microcosm Ltd

#1 Most popular Saltwater Aquarium Book

The number one, most popular saltwater aquarium book is…

(you’re going to have to give yourself the drumroll)…

The New Saltwater Aquarium Guide: How to Care for and Keep Marine Fish and Corals (Reef Aquarium Book Series 1)
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The New Saltwater Aquarium Guide: How to Care for and Keep Marine Fish and Corals (Reef Aquarium Book Series 1)
The New Saltwater Aquarium Guide: How to Care for and Keep Marine Fish and Corals will help you build the tropical reef marine aquarium you have been daydreaming about.

With a good plan, the right equipment, and the right knowledge, you can build a successful, thriving new marine fish tank or saltwater aquarium.

About this article

Saltwater Aquarium Blog participates in the Amazon Affiliates program. Put simply, a small commission is earned for every product purchased because of advertisements on this page. The books in this list represent the 10 most popular books (highest number of books sold) purchased by Saltwater Aquarium Blog readers based on the data provided to me by Amazon.

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