Well, it has nothing to do with cakes or moths. Nor Sanskrit, Buddhism, or Crete. No Mandalas.
It's Matala, the water-filtration medium.
Matala Filter Media Info
Check these vids for an overview:
Agreed. I love Matala. Yes - it's crazy expensive. But I can make a false bottom in five minutes time with a serrated kitchen knife. Rounded edges, multiple layers - no problem. No tie wraps. No wicking. Easy to drain if necessary. And you can't beat its virtual weightlessness. Plus - It's so solid that I can put a heavy river rock on it and know it will be supported. My frogs never go beneath it either. What's not to love? [other than the price tag]. I use the coarse black and have it in probably two dozen vivs (at least) with no regrets.I view it as a "premium" version of the egg crate/PVC combo. If done correctly both provide the same functionality, but I found Matala to be both easier and quicker to install. Just depends on your personal preference.
I got mine at:Hey, so where do you guys who have used Mantala actually, you know, buy it? Whoever manufactures it must not have ever heard of SEO, or possibly the internet, because I can't find anything at all about it outside these forums!
Well, as you've found, correct spelling does facilitate written (or phonetic...) communication. Ha ha.Hey, so where do you guys who have used Mantala actually, you know, buy it? Whoever manufactures it must not have ever heard of SEO, or possibly the internet, because I can't find anything at all about it outside these forums!
This obviously can work too. I think this must be where people get the impression Matala is crazy-expensive. Mark-up is a bitch maybe? Ha ha. If you don't have a herp room or a viv-crafting passion/addiction (ahem...yeah that's me...) this might be a good route for you. But I've found bulk-purchasing to be vastly cheaper, as well as very conducive to getting my craft on. When you need a hit, you need a hit. Ha ha.I got it at my local pond supply, installation place...they had all the types
There's no free shipping of Matala at that link -- adds $35 for a full sheet to ship to WI. Still a better price than the Amazon link, if you want a full sheet.Excellent illustration of the point I was trying to make. The Amazon quote of $54.88 for a half sheet is slightly more than double the price of $54.00 a full sheet, from the authorized dealer: