Additional Information, R-Matala® Cartridges for Round Filter Tanks
Use all four densities for sequential
Black is the most open (least dense) at 64 sq. ft.
per cubic ft. and is perfect for settling type vortex tanks.
This potentially keeps solids from ever reaching your second
tank and it doesn't block the water flow. This ability alone
will make a huge difference in how your system works!
Green is the next density
in series at 96 sq.ft. per cu. ft. and is perfect for
the second or middle filter position of your vortex system. Awesome
flow-through characteristics provide tremendous aerobic conditions
for your bacteria and will also trap small particles.
This stage of your filter should not require vigorous cleaning
of the media. Simply draining the tank is often enough to remove
excess solids and bacterial residue. R-Matala® lets go of
the dirt easily. A neglected filter can be cleaned by pouring
pond water over the media just once! No need to remove R-Matala®
from the filter tank!
Use common sense when cleaning. You can also shake the R-Matala®
up and down in the tank to dislodge the dirt without losing the
Blue Matala is third in
density at 124 sq.ft. per cu.ft. It is truly a wonderful
home for a thriving colony of filter bacteria. The open structure
provides aerobic flow of water without channeling and the large
surface area provides for high colonization of bacteria. Use
the blue R-Matala® in your last bio chamber or position.
When used in a 3 chamber system, cleaning involves draining the
filter only. Once a year you may pour pond water over the Matala
Every filter system is unique, drain your tanks consistently
to maintain clean stable conditions. Use common sense, implement
a cleaning technique that works well for your system. Matala
makes it easy!
Grey Matala completes
your filtration system as the most dense layer with 171 sq.ft.
It functions mechanically as a very fine filter at the end of
your system. Biologically, the tremendous aerobic surface area
and interstitial spaces are designed to allow the bacteria to
form a thick gel or bio-matrix which can grow a literal hot-bed
of filter bacteria when maintained and aerated properly. You
should use the grey R-Matala® in your last tank. Cleaning
requires draining of the tank. You can pour pond water over the
Matala to really clean it if necessary. A better idea is to shake
dirty media up and down while the tank drains. This dislodges
the mulm without disrupting the bacteria.
Decades of research and development have gone into the production
The manufacturers of Matala® are pioneers in aquaculture
worldwide. All efforts have been focused on designing a proper
media that will trap solids without plugging up and provide a
suitable aerobic surface where filter bacteria can grow in good
Matala is in use worldwide in the aquaculture, koi pond and
Now with the advent of R-Matala®, hobbyists with round filter
tanks have a state of the art, "drop in" media that really performs. R-Matala®
has just significantly raised the bar.