AquaChef Feeder 3" x 5-1/4" x 3" high
This feeder works perfectly for our 2 55 gallon cichlid aquariums. You can set up to 4 feedings, and the amount desired for each feeding. We purchased these feeders for when we have to leave on trips, but have ended up using them all the time, very convenient and helps the tanks stay cleaner.
January 31, 2014
Works just fine
Good price and its never late getting dinner served! The batteries so far have lasted 4 months. It's works and the fish are happy.
December 30, 2013
Worked Perfect!! Mounting clamp could be a little wider.
I bought this because my husband and I were going out of town for 9 days. I have a 75gal Chiclid tank. I would recommend filling the holder without taking it off the unit. Putting it back on is a task and it didn't seem to go back on correctly. Setting the timer was easy but follow the directions. The only complaint I have is that the clamp does not go wide enough. I had to take the canopy off my tank and clamp it to the actual aquarium. It comes with velcro tape to stick it to the tank if needed but when it is full of food it will not sit upright and will fall in the tank. It held more than enough food for 9 days. I was happy to see that it worked so well and my fish were happy and fed after being gone so long.
October 18, 2013
Good enough to buy again
This is your standard rotating barrel-type feeder with a digital clock, with up to four programmable feeding times, with adjustable dispense volumes. Permits one, two or zero dispenses per feeding time.
I've owned one of these from four to five years, and I am getting ready to order a replacement of the same type. After these years of reliable use, the lubricant seems to be getting gummy and slowing it down a little, so I'm going to get a new one. I do like this model. It operates smoothly and quietly, which I take to be a sign of low internal friction. The previous brand, before this one, that I owned was a more common model, often the only kind offered at the local pet store, and it froze-up, completely dead, halfway through a vacation. All things wear out eventually, and in cases like this I like a device that wears out slowly, so I can get a new one before it kills my fish. Five years is a good life for this; I'm happy.
There are two clear negatives. The first is common to all barrel-type feeders, such as this, that it dispenses flakes inconsistently, and it tends to dispense too much. Before leaving for vacation, one should hold a ladle under it and manually dispense several times to check the average dispense volume. The ideal setting may easily be below the lowest notch, requiring nudging it half a step. Despite this, I've used it successfully on a small bowl with a single fish. The second negative is that it isn't quite idiot-proof. After setting the feeding times and mounting it on the bowl, it still won't feed unless the user remembers to activate the feeding times. It offers a double dispense, a single dispense, and zero dispense, and the zero dispense is the default, which means that if you forget to set it, the device defaults to the one setting that can't possibly be right.
September 4, 2013