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Advice on an automatic fish-feeder #1
Can anyone give advice on a good automatic fish-feeders for holidays? I just don't trust those dissolving food blocks, although I have used them.

I have bought a Fish-Mate F14 automatic feeder (not used it yet), but I've now noticed that it releases each feed over a 2 hour period. Which would probably result in my 2 bigger greedier fish, getting all the food, with the others going hungry.

Can anyone recommend a good automatic fish feeder that delivers each meal in one hit (rather than gradually over a long time)?

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Re: Advice on an automatic fish-feeder #2
I think blocks are your best bet. I dont trust auto feeders, what if the batteries go? motor fault? power cut? fish starve to death! and die horribly. Ok over the top but you get my point.
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Re: Advice on an automatic fish-feeder #3
If you have a look on PFK website they have done some reviews on auto-feeders, look through buyers guides which is on the reviews tab.HTH
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Re: Advice on an automatic fish-feeder #4
I wouldn't use the blocks, you don't want that amount of food just sitting in the tank polluting the water. Auto-feeders are the best option after having someone that knows what they're doing coming round to feed the fish

Some autofeeders are better than others. Eheim do a good one, it's simple to use and it's never let me down. This is the one- http://www.swelluk.com/aquarium/aquar ... eheim-autofeeder-274.html

The downside to this one is that you can only have 1 type of food in there so if you want catfish pellets as well as flakes you would have to get a different autofeeder or just get 2 of the eheim one
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Re: Advice on an automatic fish-feeder #5
The Eheim autofeeder does look good, but with the Eheim it looks like you have to keep the top lid of your tank open, as opposed to having a small hole in the tank lid which can be covered over when the feeder is not in use. Is there a way to use an Eheim autofeeder without having to keep the tank lid open?
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Re: Advice on an automatic fish-feeder #6
Depends on your tank. I leave the lid open and slide the condensation cover over just enough to let the food in. The feeder has a fan in it to stop the food getting damp.
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Re: Advice on an automatic fish-feeder #7
That's something else I don't have, a condensation cover. Are they necessary? And the one I have seen are just a flat piece of corrugated plastic, which would make them a real pain for feeding etc.
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Re: Advice on an automatic fish-feeder #8
Yeah they do cut down on condensation a lot. The best ones are the sliding glass ones. Does your tank have a little glass shelf about an inch from the top? This is where you rest the runners for the condensation cover.
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Re: Advice on an automatic fish-feeder #9
It doesn't have a shelf as such, but it does have a glass piece going across the middle, and this is resting on glass pieces on either side (each about 4 inches long). Is that what you mean by a glass shelf? My tank is also bow-fronted, would that make fitting a condensation tray tricky?
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Re: Advice on an automatic fish-feeder #10
I have a Rena bow fronted tank and the lid is also the condensation cover. Some tanks are designed like this so condensation runs straight back into the tank. If you can post a photo of your tank or identify its make and model someone may be able to tell you if a condensation cover is required.