Fish Mate F14 Aquarium Fish Feeder

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Description

Make things easy with the Fish Mate F14 Aquarium Fish Feeder. Automatic for superior ease of use, this feeder serves food over a period of several hours, which keeps fish active and avoids the risk of overfeeding. Whether you’re going on vacation or you just want a hands-free way to feed your fish, it’s a reliable way to keep fish healthy and properly fed. Just mount it to the aquarium hood, condensation tray or the edge of the tank, and set the timer.

Key Benefits
  • Moisture-resistant hopper keeps food fresh and accommodates most types of food, including flakes, pellets or crumbles.
  • Serves up to 14 scheduled meals for when you go on vacation.
  • Electric automatic feeder mounts on tank hood, tray or edge.
  • Accurately provides one to four timed meals a day, including flake food.
  • Food is distributed over several hours to curb overfeeding and keep fish active.

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  • Item Number
    108790
  • Dimensions
    5.5 x 4.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Aquarium Type
    Freshwater, Saltwater
  • Brand
    Ani Mate
Instructions

Mount on the aquarium hood, on a condensation tray, or on the glass edge of the aquarium with the brackets provided.

1. Positioning of feeder
Your F14 feeder should normally be positioned on the aquarium hood with its food exit spout positioned over the feeding hole provided in the aquarium hood. If your aquarium is not provided with such a hole you will need to cut a hole diameter 30mm (11/4"). It is not normally recommended that the feeder be installed on the condensation tray (fitted on some aquariums under the lighting hood), as excessive moisture in this area can cause food clogging. However, such installation may be satisfactory if an air pump is connected to the small connector marked “AIR” under the feeder, as this will normally prevent the ingress of moist air. On aquariums without a hood the feeder should normally be mounted on the two tank clamps supplied after pulling out the two rear rubber feet. Screw the clamps to the top edge of the aquarium in the required position so that the feeder may be placed on this mounting. Check security of clamps before use. The F14 feeder is not designed for use outside on fishponds.

2. Operation
a. Turn upside down, remove timer cover, insert AA battery and switch on timing mechanism. Check battery operation by visible movement of gearwheel. Replace timer cover.
b. Place unit in required position and lift the lid. Align hole in the rotor with the food exit spout. Ensure the rotor is the correct way up.
c. Insert mealtime pegs in the required locations in the timer knob. (Note: 4 mealtime pegs are supplied, but extras are available.) Set the time on the inner dial by rotating the timer knob anti-clockwise until the current time lines up with the indicator arrow. The food is dispensed gradually over a period of approximately 2 hours, as this is better for the fish.
d. Fill the required number of compartments in the rotor, starting clockwise from the food exit spout for the first meal. Close the lid.

3. Testing your F14 feeder before use
Your FISH MATE feeder is manufactured from top quality materials and is assembled to comply with rigorous quality standards. Consequently, it should give you many years dependable use. However, before using for the first time, we recommend you to supervise its correct operation over a fourteenday period when you are present. Problems of food clogging or not falling out may occasionally be experienced where condensation occurs inside the feeder. Some foods are more likely to clog. (If clogging occurs, try pellet food). The clogging may be due to the spray produced by an air pump. If so, try moving the airstone to a location remote from the feeding hole, and/or reducing the air flow rate. You may also try raising the feeder 25-50mm (1"-2") above the feeding hole, and leaving the lid of the feeder open. In extreme cases, it is possible to connect an air pump to the small connector marked “AIR” under the feeder, thus pressurising the feeder and preventing the ingress of moist air.

4. Cleaning
We normally recommend that you remove the rotor after 14 days’ continuous use and dust off any remaining food fragments from underneath the rotor and from its seating face on the body. In practice, you may find this unnecessary due to the patented self-cleaning action of the rotor but much will depend on the type of food being used.

5. Batteries
We recommend an alkaline battery size ‘AA’. This battery should last 12 months in continuous use. It is recommended to remove the battery when the feeder is not being used for prolonged periods.

Warranty

3-Year Limited Warranty.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Didn't even work

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    I bought this feeder several months ago and every time I try to get it to work it sounds like it is ticking, but wont spin the wheel. I've tried everything and I'm mad at myself for not trying to return it after I got it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Turtle Loves It

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    Bought this for my wife’s elementary school classroom turtle. The challenge each weekend was feeding little “Bubbles”. Problem solved with this feeder. The pellets feed each morning as well as over the weekend. We don’t use flakes so not a problem with clumps as others have mentioned.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    fish mate feeder

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    It does not work and I wish to return it. I went to a trip and I had to pay for a person to feed the fish.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    not very impressed.

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    The unit works, but not as I would like it. I installed the air tube (not included) on the bottom to prevent the food from getting wet and sticking. The tray to feed the fish is not emptied fast enough, therefore only one or two flakes and/or pellets fall out at once, leaving the slower fish and bottom feeding fish to starve as the fast fish pick the food up right away. The tray takes many hours to empty and after about 5 or 6 hours I checked it, there was still food in the tray that should have emptied completely (in 2 hrs is what the manual says). I wanted to be able to feed the fish 2 or 3 times within a 12 hr period but it seems like the design is made to feed in 3 hr increments and when The unit works, but not as I would like it. I installed the air tube (not included) on the bottom to prevent the food from getting wet and sticking. The tray to feed the fish is not emptied fast enough, therefore only one or two flakes and/or pellets fall out at once, leaving the slower fish and bottom feeding fish to starve as the fast fish pick the food up right away. The tray takes many hours to empty and after about 5 or 6 hours I checked it, there was still food in the tray that should have emptied completely (in 2 hrs is what the manual says). I wanted to be able to feed the fish 2 or 3 times within a 12 hr period but it seems like the design is made to feed in 3 hr increments and when the feeder trays take over 5 hrs to empty... the math just doesn't add up. Now my fish nip at each other and fight for each flake that falls out, while the bottom feeders starve. … more

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Vaca Feeder

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    Produce was easy to set and use. Tested it out for several days before our week long vacation. We didn't want someone coming into our house just to feed our cichlids. The 14 day feeder worked great! We used pellets so had no problem with the food getting damp. The dispensing is not instant and takes a little while as the food wheel rotates. No big deal. Thinking about getting another so I can have a tank at my office!

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Fish Mate Feeder

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    This is a good quality feeder; easy to assemble, easy to clean, and the timer is accurate. However, I think that the product description should mention that ONLY pellet food should be used with this feeder. Flake food just gets damp quickly and sticks.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    fish feeder

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    works at first for one or two feedings then the food gets moist in the chamber and won't drop out. even with the air hooked up. feed my fish flake food and to go to pellet food to fix the problem as the instructions say is no good the fish eat flakes. Was not informed before buying. so I hope this will help others that use flake food for there fish.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    failed the landing

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    It offers variety and works...sorta. Unfortunately it is cheaply made...

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Fell down at first

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    The clamps were wobbly and the feeder fell down 4 feet to the floor. Our brand new feeder has a broken lid from the get go. We suspended it on some wooden rails to place it where we want. Hope everything else is okay.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Auto feeder

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    Item works well. Easy to set up. The feeder is good for 7 days of feeding so it is a bit limited.

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