The Best Saltwater Aquarium Books

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There are tons of saltwater aquarium books to choose from out there.

But the first book I’ve ever read was borrowed from a friend.

It was merely because I wasn’t really interested in keeping and maintaining a saltwater aquarium at first.

So why buy my own book?

After reading it, I was intimidated by how complex and at the same time how exciting keeping a saltwater aquarium is.

After learning about the basic, I started buying my own saltwater aquarium book at my local bookstore.

I noticed that I kept coming back for more books with great detailed information and colorful pictures!

Here are the best so far with all the books I’ve read about keeping and maintaining saltwater aquariums.


The New Marine Aquarium

Step-By-Step Setup & Stocking Guide

By: Michael S. Paletta

This is an excellent beginner book.

The first half has great details on setting up a fish-only tank from start to finish. The second half is about selecting fish and taking care of them.

I personally believe that this is clearly above the most of the other current saltwater aquarium books available.

A must-have book for any hobbyist. Full of need-to-know information to learn about fish before you buy them, or that you may already have in your aquarium.


A Pocket Expert Guide to Marine Fishes

500+ Essential-To-Know Aquarium Species

By: Scott W. Micheal

Pages and pages of colorful pictures of 500+ fishes. I would suggest going thru this book page by page.

Get ideas of what fish you may like and its aquarium suitability. Heck, you can even bring it with you on your next fish purchase!

I highly recommend this book to any reefkeeper to have in your aquarium book collection. This is another book that is an excellent choice for beginner aquarist.


Natural Reef Aquariums
Simplified Approaches to Creating Living Saltwater Microcosms

By: John H. Tullock

There are many aquarium books out there that seemed to target kids who only needs a pictures with no explanations of what’s going on.

There are also a few that are totally opposite that.

This is a perfect medium! In between those two others I have mentioned.

This book has a very informative content but is written in clear writing. It is a fun read and a good example of what other books should be.


Aquarium Corols

This is a fantastic book for the beginner and advanced marine reef aquarist, or really anyone who is interested in coral – an organism that devotes 90% of its body to having a mouth. This book details common and uncommon aquarium corals, diseases, infestations, and in many cases gives a short history of the life of coral in the aquarium hobby. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of growing corals or has some already, even if you’re advanced enough to frag your own corals without hesitation this book will offer you some insight or knowledge.

nner and advanced marine reef aquarist, or really anyone who is interested in coral – an organism that devotes 90% of its body to having a mouth. This book details common and uncommon aquarium corals, diseases, infestations, and in many cases gives a short history of the life of coral in the aquarium hobby. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of growing corals or has some already, even if you’re advanced enough to frag your own corals without hesitation this book will offer you some insight or knowledge.

The pages are thick and heavy weight, the colors are bright and vivid which is invaluable when dealing with something as diverse as coral. It is easy to read, broken into understandable segments, and uses plain language to help out the beginner.

This is THE guide you need for keeping a coral reef aquarium.