Auto feeders

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by dpc goes west, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. I'd like to add an autofeeder to my tank since i will be away for the holidays. Any recommendations ? review on what you currently have? pros/cons?

    I'm thinking about adding the apex one but there are so many i thought i'd ask peoples personal experience.
  2. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Cheapie use a eihem but the apex one is cool feed when you want via fusion.

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  3. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I have both, and I think the eheim one is way better than the neptune autofeeder. It's easy to program. It is MUCH quieter, and if you just want to feed once, there is a button to push for that. Neptune's autofeeder is easy to dump the entire pellet container into the tank if you're not careful. It's super loud. It's more complicated to program (less intuitive) and you can't easily feed an extra time without programming it in. Neptune feeder is also many times more expensive.

    The only benefit in my mind to having the neptune one, is if you want to turn down flow or skimmer etc during feeding.

    For any autofeeder, I think it's essential to have a feed ring or something like that so pellets don't get wasted into the overflow.

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  4. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    I have both as well and it really depends on how often and how much you want to feed. As mentioned, the Eheim one is ultra easy to use and for most applications, it's the cheaper and better alternative. The Apex makes more sense if you use Fusion, feed small pellets/flakes, or feed more than 4x a day. Fusion makes it easy to manually feed without you having to manually push a button (pro/con argument here). Apex handles smaller pellets better and you can feed more than 4x a day. During the holidays when I was out of the office for 2 weeks last year, I had it kick in 8x each day. It would take 2 Eheim feeders to accomplish this, which I've done before in my past setup.
  5. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    i vote for eheim too
  6. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    I use the Intellifeed feeder. This is the same feeder as the APEX without the apex guts. Comes with buttons and an LCD. Allows for one time-push button feed and can program for 4 different times and up to 3 rotations each of the 4 times. I haven't had an issue with this feeder, time keeping isn't very good though, it's always off regardless how often I reset the time.
  7. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    Slightly off topic, but what do you guys think about putting the auto feeder over the return area of the sump, so that the return pump disperses the food into the tank? Obviously only for tanks that have a separate compartment for the return. I’ve tried it a few times manually and it seems to work well.

    That would keep it out of sight, make the noisiness of the feeder less of an issue, and make it so you don’t need a feeding ring since the food won’t be on the surface in the display tank.

    I got the idea from Will’s (@Wlachnit) tank where he has a sign that says “feed here” and points at the return compartment for members of the family who can’t reach the top of the tank, lol.
  8. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    My return feeds my algae reactors and two media reactors, so in my case, I'd probably have a lot of wasted food and an unnecessary addition to unwanted nutrients. Probably ok to do once in a while or if your return only sends water to DT.
  9. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    Good point, clearly you wouldn’t want to do this if you have a manifold. I was planning to branch my return to a reactor soon, but this makes me think twice.

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  10. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Yeah I did this for awhile with my frozen food feeder, but it was junking up my return compartment and my reactor.

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  11. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    I have a feed ring where it dumps into

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  12. brilliant idea..I'm going to steal this one!
  13. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    My ring always floats away :/ any good magnet rings?

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  14. suction cup bruh
  15. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

  16. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    AC has those too. That's what I use w the eheim feeder.
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  17. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Suction cups are for the 90’s

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  18. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    Ahhh, the 90’s and their suction cups....

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  19. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    I mix thera A, formula 1 and formula 2 (ocean nutrition)
    all same size pellets is key
  20. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Is going the distance and getting everything apex controlled (like shutting down pumps while feeding) worth it? Or just a feeding ring would suffice?

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