Aerator FAQ

Why do I need aeration in my pond?

There are many reasons ponds get algae attacks and we identify a number here. In many ponds there is no simple solution to constant algae attacks. Chemical algae control products can work quickly but also wipe out the friendly bacteria needed to balance this delicate ecosystem. Natural products like our AQUAPLANCTON range usually work well but may occasionally fail possibly due to a lack of oxygen. Dissolved oxygen in the pond water helps break down toxic muck that all ponds accumulate over time. A turbulent waterfall can make a big difference to the oxygen levels in some ponds but it may not be sufficient as, at best, a good waterfall aerates the surface water down to a few inches and no more.

Having an aerator can prevent fish fatalities supplying abundant levels of oxygen even during hot summer days when oxygen levels can be at their lowest. In winter, the aerator normally generates enough bubbles to keep a hole open when the pond ices up. That hole can release gases from decomposing organic pond muck that can build up under the ice where they starve the pond of oxygen.

Why choose the Matala range you offer here?

There are many aerators available for ponds owners. We tested most of the major brands for months before selecting Matala. Most pond aerators leave you to find the right connectors, tubing and one or more diffusers to complete the installation. Get one component wrong and you may damage the aerator. You may spend too much wasting money or too little and fail to generate enough air. All these kits have been put together to optimize each component. They are built to last in all weather conditions and will deliver vital air to your pond.

What parts can wear out on these aerators?

All pond aerators have a diaphragm that can wear out. By selling our Matala range of aerators as complete optimized kits we hope to significantly extend the life of the diaphragm. In particular, the patented disc diffuser that comes with most of our kits is self-cleaning and long lasting. Air stones, a very popular air diffuser, typically gets clogged up after a few months and is best cleaned with muriatic acid. The Matala diaphragm kits are simple to install and are available online or call us to see if we can locate the one you need.

I have a waterfall so why do I need an aerator?

It’s great that you have some water movement in your pond but a waterfall, even a fast moving one, barely penetrates the surface of the pond water more than a few inches with a few bubbles of air. An aerator sends out a vortex of air from one or more diffusers situated at the bottom of your pond flooding your water with much needed air. There really is no comparison.