Automatic Feeder Fish Mate
I really like this feeder. It provides versatility I haven't seen in other feeders, and a totalitarian level of control.
Unlike other feeders, which try to scoop up food from a reservoir and dump it in the tank (and invariably scoops up a different amount each time), the fish mate has a carousel of 14 little compartments which are completely emptied into the tank. Even larger foods, like big pellets or wafers work well.
When the time for a set "meal" comes, the carousel rotates, and the entire contents of one compartment is dropped into the tank over a two-hour period. Anything in the compartment becomes part of the meal. This includes "nothing", which is useful if you want to feed every other day (or every 3rd, 4th, etc.) days.
You have complete control of its contents. With it, I'm able to measure precisely how much food I want to have for each meal. I can mix multiple food types in a single meal, with exactly the amount I want to feed. I can easily feed different foods (or mixtures of foods), and different amounts for different times of day.
The feeder has a hookup for an airline, which will pump (hopefully) dry air from your air pump into and through the feeder, keeping the food dry.
I see the following limitations:
- You only get 14 meals, and a minimum of one meal per day (though you can have "empty" meals, which drop nothing into the tank).
- With the maximum four feedings a day, you get only a bit more than 3 days worth of food.
- There are twelve possible meal times: One set point every even-numbered hour.
February 16, 2015
only one of the sort that i have found
This is the only auto feeder that i have found that really makes it convenient to skip days on your feeding schedule/s. I run a 16 gal nano reef with only one clownfish (and a sixline wrasse who grazes for most of his food and is less dependent on pellet) so its important to me to avoid overfeeding. With the fishmate, I simply choose to load every other food partition and my clown is fed small amounts of pellet every other day...reliably. I was able to go away for 2 weeks knowing that my clown was fed and my nitrate levels weren't going to spike due to overfeeding. Great feeder for nano reef aquaria where daily feeding is unnecessary.
January 14, 2013
The fish mate is a very versatile feeder.
The fish mate is a very versatile feeder. The things I like about it is that it's shape allows it to fit in narrow spaces. The other important feature is that it keeeps food dry. The food clumps up in other automatic feeders I have bought.
January 23, 2011
I bought this last year for a weeks vacation the the Dominican Republic. It worked great. It dispenses food slowly over a 1 hour period as the tray rotates slowly the food falls through a hole into the tank. It's a neat design where the time piece continually rotates but the tray that holds the food only rotates when the time piece encounters the little spacers you put on the time piece at specific times of the day. It worked great with regular flake food and there was no need to use an air pump as an option (though I could see how the air pump could help keep the food dry) The fact that it dispenses the food slowly allow the fish to consume all the food before it falls to the bottom making a mess. Definitely recommend !
January 18, 2014