Can Solana Ecosystem Overtake Ethereum as Memecoins Surge?

Solana’s meme coin-driven trading volume spike, a paradigm shift, or a trend against Ethereum’s established ecosystem.

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  • Solana’s trading volume hits $2 billion, surpassing Ethereum.
  • Established memecoins on Solana see significant price increases.
  • The influence of memecoins on trading preferences intensifies rivalry.

Solana and Ethereum have long been rivals in the decentralized finance space. While Ethereum has long held dominance, thanks to its vast ecosystem, Solana’s low fees and bustling memecoin ecosystem have seen it catch up. 

Solana’s DEX trading volume recently surged past Ethereum’s, reaching a remarkable $2 billion in just 24 hours. This development raises questions about the long-term prospects for Solana to challenge Ethereum in its ecosystem growth. 

Memecoins: The New Catalyst for Solana’s DEX Volume

On Monday, May 4, Solana’s DEX trading volume soared to $2 billion, overtaking Ethereum’s $1.8 billion within a 24-hour timeframe. This surge coincides with the activity surrounding memecoins on the Solana platform. 

Solana’s memecoin volume soared to $178 million, eclipsing Ethereum’s $138 million. However, The next day, Ethereum again took its position from Solana, reaching $2.59 billion compared to Solana’s $2.47 billion, according to DeFiLlama. 


Unlike the previous spike in December, fueled by the launch of numerous new tokens, the recent increase in volume centers around established memecoins such as WIF, POPCAT, BONK, TRUMP, and WEN. These tokens have experienced significant price rallies and highlighted the enduring appeal and market power of memecoins.

Is Solana’s Ecosystem About to Overtake Ethereum? 

Firstly, Solana’s significantly lower transaction fees than Ethereum’s have made it an attractive platform for traders and developers. Lower fees facilitate more frequent trades and interactions with the blockchain, potentially increasing DEX trading volume. This means a comparable DEX trading volume does not indicate comparable activity.  


Still, low fees are an advantage for Solana, making it an attractive platform for traders and developers alike. Despite this, most crypto projects still choose Ethereum, thanks to its decentralized nature and extensive ecosystem. For Solana, catching up is an uphill battle. 

On the Flipside

  • Solana’s critics have pointed out that the network’s relative centralization is one of the causes of its frequent network outages
  • Solana and Ethereum cater to somewhat different needs and priorities within the blockchain space. This suggests that coexistence and specialization might be a more likely outcome than one overtaking the other outright.

Why This Matters

The emergence of strong ecosystems like Solana and Ethereum offers users and developers more choices, reducing dependency on a single platform. 

Read more about Solana’s rivalry with Ethereum: 

Solana Founder Denounces ‘ETH Killer’ Label, Sees Coexistence

Read more about Virginia’s bid to become a tech hub: 

How Virginia’s Crypto Bill Could Transform it into Tech Hub 

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

David Marsanic

David Marsanic is a journalist for DailyCoin who covers the intersection of crypto, traditional finance, and government. He focuses on institutionalized crypto entities like major cryptocurrency exchanges and Solana, breaking down complex topics into easy-to-understand writing. David's prior experience as a business journalist at various crypto and traditional news sites has enabled him to maintain a critical approach to news while adhering to high journalistic integrity standards.