About


Mountain Corals is a concept created to help fuel a Reef Aquarium Project in Roanoke, Virginia. Roanoke is a beautiful mountainous area in Southwestern Virginia. A local City Center, Center in the Square, serves as a cultural hub in the heart of downtown. During a recent renovation an 8,000 Gallon reef aquarium system was installed right in the main lobby to serve as an attraction for guests and spark tourism and foot traffic into the building. The aquarium is completely free to the public but as any aquarist knows, very expensive to run.

We operate entirely out of our Life Support Center built to manage our 8,000 Gallon reef. Existing infrastructure, materials, and space keep our costs to operate extremely low, meaning that the maximum amount from each purchase at MountainCorals.org will be going directly to the care and maintenance of our beautiful Living Reef aquarium nestled in the mountains of Virginia.

We thank you whole-heatedly for your support of our project and our goal of continuing to offer a beautiful attraction, educational tool, and gift to the Roanoke community.

Ben Carlin (Founder): Ben is a lifelong aquarium hobbyist turned professional. He graduated Radford University with a double major in business marketing and management. During his years in college he also co-owned and operated a reef specific local fish store called Ultimate Aquariums. He interned with Reef Aquaria Design out of Coconut Creek, Florida. Aiding in the installation of the World’s Largest Private Jellyfish Aquarium in Lexington Kentucky. He now owns and operates Carlin Aquarium Systems in Roanoke, Virginia managing an 8,000 gallon Reef Aquarium System, many private reef, jellyfish, freshwater planted and decorative displays.