9 best saltwater aquarium blogs

The 9 Best Saltwater Aquarium Blogs

Are you looking for a good saltwater aquarium blog to read? Surfing the net to find out what’s new and interesting in the hobby is one of my favorite things to do. That’s why I have compiled this list of The 9 Best Saltwater Aquarium Blogs

9. Melev’s Reef

Of all the blogs on this list, Marc’s blog is the closest to a pure blog that chronicles the progress of his own tanks, fish, and corals. The author is a trusted expert and is an A-list speaker and is a great person to kick off this list of the best saltwater aquarium blogs.

You can find Melev’s Reef blog at:

8. Mad Hatter’s Reef

This blog is the new kid on the block (do you remember when New Kids on the Block were “popular”? Sadly, I do). If you like Saltwater Aquarium Blog, I think you’ll enjoy reading Mad Hatter’s Reef because the author takes a similar educational approach to articles he creates and posts there. All of the other blogs on this list have been around much longer, so I gave them priority in the rankings here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you see this blog climb the rankings.

You can find Mad Hatter’s Reef at:

7. Aquarists online

John Cunningham is the primary author at Aquarists Online, and while he doesn’t publish articles as frequently as some of the other blogs on this page (he publishes a new post about once a month), the articles are generally interesting to read and helpful.

You can find Aquarists Online at;

6. Successful Reef Keeping

Successful Reef Keeping has been around for a long time. The archives on the site go all the way back to 2010, but it is a site that I have only grown to appreciate very recently. Somehow or other, I managed to miss this underwater gem, but I really enjoy reading it now. One of my favorite features on the site is the way they designed a format to visually lay-out the husbandry requirements of the animals they write about. They break concepts down into simple, digestible parts.

You can find Successful Reef Keeping at:

9 best saltwater aquarium blogs5. Aquanerd

A perennial powerhouse in the reef tank world is Aquanerd. When I think of Aquanerd, I think about the tip of the day that the founders painstakingly published…every day…and I always wondered how they managed to come up with something new, interesting and helpful every day.

About a year ago, the tone of the site shifted. It tends to be more product-based these days, but you can still search the archives if you long for the good old days.

You can find Aquanerd at:

4. Reef Builders

Reef Builders is a long-time saltwater aquarium blog. I think of this site when I want to learn more about the most current equipment and other product-related announcements from the aquarium industry. Jake Adams and the crew at Reef Builders tend to get the info first. So if you’re a gear-head, you want to bookmark this site:

You can find Reef Builders at:

3. Advanced Aquarist

Advanced Aquarist is the place I go to learn more about the technical or scientific side of things. Their audience is the intermediate or advanced aquarium hobbyist, and they come in as # 3 overall on this list of the best saltwater aquarium blogs.

You can find Advanced Aquarist at:

2. Reefs.com

I actually struggled a bit with deciding whether or not I would add reefs.com to the list here, because in some ways the ‘blog’ is actually a content aggregator, meaning that they re-publish articles that originated on other websites (like the # 1 blog below). But in addition to re-publishing content from other sites, they also produce their own articles—and they’re really good. reefs.com is the #2 blog—but the site is much more than just a blog. It’s a destination for hobbyists.

You can find reefs.com at:

#1 Saltwater Aquarium Blog

1. Saltwater Smarts

The #1 Best Saltwater Aquarium Blog is Saltwater Smarts. Jeff Kurtz and Chris Aldrich are the co-founders of this site and they are content machines, publishing great articles a few times every week. I always enjoy and usually learn something great when I read Saltwater Smarts.

You can find Saltwater Smarts at:


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The 9 Best Saltwater Aquarium Blogs

What do you think? Which is the best blog in our hobby? Leave your comment and a link below, and  no–I’m not pandering 🙂


  1. Why are slatwater tanks so much more expensive then freshwater tanks? Is it just due the electricity?

    1. Author

      Hi Sander, thanks for the question. there are a few reasons–yes, they generally take more electricity, but they also need more expensive lights, more equipment (protein skimmers, etc.) powerheads/water pumps, and so on. The living creatures you purchase will also generally be more expensive. But it’s worth it!

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