Check the price. Automatic fish feeders are a handy tool that allow you to feed your fish while you are away from home. Whether you are taking a vacation or just at work for the day, this handy little device can feed your fish without you being there. Want to know how the Eheim Everyday Fish Feeder stacks up against the competition? Check out our Best Automatic Fish Feeder guide.
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Fishkeeping requires a certain level of commitment. Water changes, regular cleaning, feeding, and attention to your tank. I try to keep my maintenance regimen simple, but there is a minimum level of effort to keep everyone in the tank healthy. Inevitably, there comes a time when you have to leave town and then the reality sets in: what am I going to do with the fish!
In my research, this model of fish feeder had very good user reviews. Most people are giving the Eheim auto fish feeder very good reviews with only a few negative comments. I was hopeful that it would meet our needs and decided to set one up for our holiday vacations. The Eheim fish feeder works by rotating a drum containing the fish food. This translucent drum has an opening on one side with an adjustable door. A feeding cycle takes place when the unit rotates this food bin where the opening which is normally located at the top cycles to point down to dispense food, then back up in the normal position.
Metric values are conversions from english and rounded to the nearest mm:. There are two main options for mounting the Eheim fish feeder. The first is the simplest, and that is to simply set the unit on a flat surface with the bin portion of the feeder hanging over the surface of your aquarium water.
This setup works well with aquariums that have a canopy or other flat surface on top of the aquarium. This is the mounting method used for our Fluval Spec V aquarium. It has a clear acrylic top with an opening in the center. I rearranged our light to make room for the feeder to dump into this center opening.
Everything is tight, but it works. These are generally not needed as the unit is weighted so that it sits securely with the main base sitting on a surface and the feeding bin hanging over the water. The second option for mounting is a clamp that allows the feeder to be clamped on a glass aquarium wall. The clamp works well to secure the feeder bin over the water. This option works well for open tanks. The only confusing part is after you set the time for your desired feeding event, you then have to select how many times the feeding bin will turn to feed one rotation or two.
I made the mistake of setting the event without selecting the number of turns. The event time came and went with no action.
Glad I discovered this during testing; otherwise, my fish would never get fed. Filling the unit is easy. When setting up the feeder in tight quarters, make sure to take into account the room that the bin requires as it turns. The bin is square shaped and those corners will need some room as the bin turns during feeding time. I am using this feeder on a nano aquarium with very small fish, so I wanted to test it to get the smallest amount of food possible while still being reliable.
I tested the feeding action by setting the unit up over a white bowl and hitting the feed button. I adjusted the food bin door as narrow as possible with only a sliver of light showing in the opening. One tip I read about on other reviews said to put a piece of tape over the food bin door to secure at the desired opening. I decided this is a good idea and used a small piece of black electrical tape to keep it in place. Make sure and setup your fish feeder several days, if not a week or more ahead of your departure so you can be sure it works as you intend.
I set mine to feed at pm and made sure I was hanging around the tank at this time to watch and verify how it works. You are of course checking to see that it actually feeds, that the bin turns the number of times you intend, that the food falls into the tank not accidentally on the cover instead for example , and that the quantity of food dropped is as desired.
I am pleased with the operation of this auto fish feeder. I have observed it in use and it is very consistent and reliable in feeding our fish. With some effort to get it setup properly, it works very well. I generally like the display and the ease of programming. The food bin is plenty big — huge for a nano aquarium. On the negatives, for my use in a very small nano aquarium, I wish the entire feeder was constructed smaller.
It is difficult to find room for the unit on the acrylic top of our aquarium, fighting for space with the light. The reason for this is that Eheim has this product doing double duty as a turtle feeder. The feeding door on the food bin generally works well. I got it to work adequately for our nano aquarium, but even with the door adjusted with as small an opening as possible, it still drops more food than is optimum.
As good as the digital timer is, I wish that it could be adjusted to feed the fish every other day instead of every day. As it is, the timer has to be set to dispense at least once a day. It works for our needs. The biggest wishlist item is that they would develop a feeder that is smaller in size to better work for small, nano aquariums. Since this site is focused on nano aquariums, specifically the Fluval Spec line of aquariums, I want to discuss the use of the Eheim Automatic fish feeder for this application.
For our Spec V, I had a challenging time finding the best location for the feeder on our setup. I intend to use this only when we go on vacation.
When we leave and the tank is unattended, another concern besides feeding is water evaporation. With no one around to top off the tank, I want to reduce evaporation as much as possible and this means leaving the stock acrylic top in place. That therefore limits the mounting option to setting the unit on top of the lid. As previously mentioned, it was challenging to find space for the unit to sit and be able to dump in the central opening to the water.
To make room for the feeder, I had to cant the light at an angle across the aquarium. This leaves a space for the Eheim feeder to sit also at an angle at the end over the filter section and dump over the water. This will be a very secure location but will mean that water will evaporate at a faster rate. If you do not have anyone coming to check the water level while you are away, I would test without the lid on to get a feel for how long you can go before the water level gets too low. For those that have not plugged the bypass opening on their Spec aquarium , this is not such a critical issue because if the water level drops below the bottom of the overflow grates, it can still flow into the lower bypass opening to feed the pump.
Use on a Spec III would be similar. With the small confines and the light in the way, it is best to clamp onto the glass, offset to miss the light. This would be setup without the acrylic top. I took one additional step in setting up our Spec V for when we are away.
It gives them a better chance to eat all of it without the food getting back into the filter or dropping before they can eat it. The timer turns off the pump and our temperature controller so that the heater or fan also turns off.
At the Ehem feeds the fish. Then at the timer turns back on to energize the pump and temperature controller. The lights are already scheduled with a separate timer that I have operating year round. We have tested this setup for more than a week with us gone on vacation. It worked very well. Share on Facebook. I bought a used one on eBay and it came without the bracket. I prefer to mount the feeder with one rather than let it sit on the cover. Every so often one of my cat decides to take a trip across the top of the tank.
I can see it bouncing off the floor as the cat passes by. I will also need to drill a mounting hole in the bracket for a screw. Not a big deal but I would rather have the real thing. To give you the best odds, start with a fresh set of alkaline batteries.
I have one and it can not be set. I have put in fresh batteries, the colon blinks I can press mode and see the 4 different modes. The timers runs, but I can not set the time or the feedings. Very disappointed. It can be frustrating to set. I have to get the instructions out every time I do it. The key is the arrows on the display when you are setting. Those confirm that it will actually turn and dump food one turn per arrow at the set time.
A micro-pellet will descend down every few seconds, almost creating a more natural feeding situation than the whole pinch being dropped at once. I lift the light a little, and just place it on top, no mounting, I pull the whole thing out to fill it.
I definitely feel like less food gets to the bottom to rot by feeding this way. Just my 2 cents! Also, using Micro Pellets, have never had a problem with the food getting damp or sticking. Thanks for the suggestion on the auto fish feeder.
Sounds like it might do better with a nano tank feeding nano food. Your email address will not be published. Skip to content Search for:.
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