About Fincasters

Sebae anemone and frostbite clownfish

Sebae anemone and frostbite clownfish

Fincasters is Your Video Fish Fix.

cropped-fincasters624-icon.pngWhat’s that mean?  Basically this is where you come to watch compelling videos about the world of aquariums.  Fincasters features videos or “Fincasts” on both fresh and salt water aquariums.  We look at marine reefs, planted tanks and community aquariums.   There are pieces that show you how to do it, how to think about it, and the latest technology.

Fincasters host, John Carlin has a long history with aquariums.  His fascination for fish started when he was a child rolling rocks over in a brook with his grandfather.  Ever since then he’s been fascinated by anything that lives underwater.  He bought his first aquarium at an auction when he was a teenager, and a hobbyist was born.

Wayde King and Brett Raymer stars of the popular TV show Tanked on Animal Planet, interviewed by John Carlin of Fincasters.

Wayde King and Brett Raymer stars of the popular TV show Tanked on Animal Planet, interviewed by John Carlin of Fincasters.

Eventually John’s son, Ben also became a hobbyist.  The family purchased the local reef shop and service business, which Ben operated during his time in college.  Today Ben operates Carlin Aquarium Systems a full service aquarium design, installation and maintenance business that includes oversight of the beautiful exhibits at Center in the Square in Roanoke, Va.

On the video side, John has a lengthy resume as a television journalist.  He has been practicing his trade since 1983, and currently anchors the news for WSLS-10, the NBC affiliate in Roanoke Virginia.  Below is the biographical information from the station’s website.



Fincasters host John Carlin

John Carlin co-anchors the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WSLS-10.  He reports regularly from the field with a strong emphasis on WSLS-10’s Virginia Crossroads series, which airs on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

John returned to WSLS in July of 2013 after spending five years in public relations.  Prior to his departure he served as the lead WSLS-10 anchor from 1987 – 2008.  John was a part of the WSLS team that earned the Peabody Award for coverage of the April 16, 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech, as well at three national Edward R. Murrow Awards.  John is the recipient of five Emmy awards for reporting.

A dedicated community servant, John is the current board president of the YMCA of Roanoke Valley Corporate Board of Directors, past president of the board of Saint Francis Service Dogs.  He is a co-founder and board member for the Blue Ridge Marathon  and a member of the public relations committee for the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy.   John serves his colleagues in the media as Vice President of the Associated Press of the Virginias.  

In his spare time, John is an avid aquarium keeper, photographer, writer and cyclist .  He lives in Cave Spring where he and his wife Mary have raised three sons.

John’s LinkedIn page has more information here:  https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=AAIAAAFhF7cB02FcTPGS4ZdZhHDM7_sgCpgHZto&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Put it all together

John Carlin shows you how to use a razor to clean algae from your aquarium glass

John Carlin shows you how to use a razor to clean algae from your aquarium glass

John uses his training as a journalist and video producer, as well as his background in public relations, to craft videos that entertain and inform people in the aquarium hobby.  Carlin Aquarium Systems enables him to have access to a wide variety of fish and aquariums that serve as examples of the subjects in his aquarium videos called, “Fincasts.”

So dive in and look at the wide variety of videos that feature not just “how to” advice, but interviews with many of the leading experts in the aquarium hobby, and interesting information about how the hobby intertwines with the environment.

Whether is planted aquariums, marine tanks, cichlids or event the amazing GloFish…. Fincasters offers something for everyone who loves aquariums.

A Florida Keys Lionfish

A Florida Keys Lionfish


One Response to “About Fincasters”

  1. <path_to_url> James

    Hi John

    love your videos. I was wondering what settings you keep your Hydra’s on in order to keep your sebae anemone healthy. Much appreciated


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