You’ve got your aquarium set up nicely and your fish are happily swimming about the tank, but now you have a vacation planned. How will you feed your fish? While you can ask your neighbor or perhaps a relative to help out with feeding your fish, it might be better to invest in an automatic fish feeder. An automatic fish feeder can perform those duties for you, and you won’t have to rely on someone who might forget.
Automatic or vacation fish feeders have been around for a long time and have come a long way from the days when you just dropped a big piece of fish food into the tank so the fish could eat when they wanted, or a cumbersome piece of hardware that didn’t always work as described.
The march of technology has made automatic fish feeders easier to use and program. These devices enable you to basically, as Ron Popeil said on his old rotisserie informercials, “set it and forget it.”
Today’s fish feeders often use digital technology to spread out a 24-hour fish-feeding schedule. This enables fishkeepers to fully control the portions their fish receive to avoid clouding the tank’s water.
Within this roundup, we will look at three modern automatic fish feeders for aquariums.
Automatic fish feeders, like EHEIM’s Everyday Fish Feeder Food Dispenser, frequently take advantage of digital technology to make the fish feeding task nearly effortless.
Incorporating splash-proof buttons and the capability to automatically feed fish for up to a week, EHEIM’s Everyday Fish Feeder Food Dispenser may be the right fish feeder for you.
It features a 100mL flake food (or granule) capacity and an aerated chamber to ensure the food stays fresh. You can program the dispenser for a single feeding per day or twice feeding through its secondary program.
Simply add AA batteries, set the dispenser’s digital clock and set the feeding time. You also can feed your fish manually, and the device mounts to the side of your tank for easy servicing.
Note: Freeze-dried foods are not compatible with this unit.
This vacation fish feeder can feed fish automatically up to four times a day. The unit mounts to the side of the aquarium by a mounting bracket and enables users to adjust the amount of food dispensed as well as provide a single or double feeding.
This fish feeder uses a moisture-resistant food hopper to keep fish food fresh and can dispense most types of food, including flakes, pellets and even food crumbles. It comes with the required two AA batteries, so you can program and mount the fish feeder right out of the box. It also comes with a one-year warranty from Current USA.
The Fish Mate Aquarium Fish Feeder can be mounted on the glass edge of the aquarium, the hood or on a condensation tray. Once you install the AA battery, set the timer and schedule up to 14 feedings, so if you feed your fish once a day, you can schedule up to 2 weeks of feeding. The fish feeder also supports up to four timed feedings a day and comes with a 3-year warranty.
With an automatic fish feeder, you won’t have to worry if your fish are fed on time. Just top off the water in your tank, clean out your fish tank filters, set your vacation fish feeder and enjoy your trip!
By John Virata
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