We were going on Holiday for a week and needed a way to feed our two betta fish. I read the reviews and took a leap of faith. These feeders work! I gave them a four star because they were not perfect for my tanks. The betta food is small pellets and some did get stuck but on a whole my fish were fed and healthy apon my return. Will use in the future
We used this recently, while we were on vacation, and it worked fine. We were using flakes, and it dealt with those adequately.
This is difficult to use with flake food. Impossible to load without making a mess. Would not buy again.
Although it works adequately for feeding pellets, it has some major flaws: 1) It feeds from a slot slowly over the course of approximately 2 hours instead of quickly (within a minute or two) at the set feed times. So if you have slow fish in the aquarium that aren't as good at fighting to get to the food as other fish, they will not get enough food while you're away! 2) It only has14 slots so that if you want to feed your fish twice a day while you're gone, you can only feed them for 7 days. 3) Flakes tend to get stuck to the side of the dispenser from moisture. I would not recommend this product.
I've tried MANY auto fish feeders for my 55 gallon fresh water tank over the years. This one is the easiest and most elegant, and it has the least problems and does the most reliable and efficient job of all. (I've tried at least 9 different feeders off and on, and I've bought at least 10 of the FishMate since I started using them non-stop in the late 1980's... replacing when I've damaged or the motor has worn out). You have to use the simple device carefully, and there are some tricks to make it work best. First, don't overfill the slots with flakes, and add a few algae pellets to the top. (Most feeders I've tried don't release the entire bundle of flakes or any at all if it is overfilled. The pellets also give the flakes more weight for releasing into tank when it is their turn.) Second, don't use large flakes that will catch and block the release -- if flakes are large, crush them a bit in the container, then scoop in a 1/4 tsp or so of smaller size flakes. Third, raise the feeder off the tank away from the direct moisture of the heated water. Any feeder will get clogged if moisture gets to the flakes and makes them swell... and they flakes can also go bad and be hard to clean off of the feeder if they get wet. (I use a “Pint Size Plastic Berry Basket” or cage, 4-Inch with open-weave for circulation, which can be set on top of the tank over the opening of the water, and balance the feeder so it hangs over and drops food into the hole for the fish.) Four, keep your feeder clean. I use a coffee brush (soft bristles) to brush the leftover flake debris or moist/hard residue before filling each time so that the wheel easily slides to rotate. Five, don't let the battery corrode - keep the battery cover on and check battery every 4-6 months - they last a long time since the feeder doesn't take much energy. I highly recommend this product.
I use this feeder over weekends and breaks to feed the fish in my classroom. It always works and the fish are always alive the next day school is in session
This product works great. I haven’t had any problems with it working like it should. I like it when things do what they are supposed to do.
wheel doesnt rotate correctly. timer works very slowly.
I have used this feeder for years. Here is what I learned. I put the "spout" over a hole in my hood that is NOT over the aerator. The food does not get moist and it does not clog this way. I do not have to add the air hose to it. I also learned that if you drop food in the inside circle, it can get caught and prevent the wheel from turning. When you fill, be clean about it, and it will spin. I have had little bottom feeder pellets get stuck in between the spinning wheel and the timer. It won't spin that way - and the fish don't get fed. It is not the easiest to figure out, but once you work out the kinks, it is very reliable - I have been through two - I have dropped both and broken them - and have used them each for years. I broke my second one last week and am ordering another. I gave it four stars because you DO have to monitor it. Usually - only at fill up. But this is in my office and I check it each day I am there. I count the holes to be sure it worked correctly over the weekend - and almost always - I have no problems. I have never killed fish because of it.
It does not deliver the food al at once but unpredictably over a couple hours.