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It cannot, it requires the Apex system in order to operate.
If you already have an Apex system all you need is the AFS system :)
1. I see there is a clamp for mounting the feeder on the tank. Will this clamp work on rimmed tanks?
2. How would the installation work if you have a glass top or screen on your aquarium?
The clamp can work on rims up to 2" thick without issue. If there is a glass top the feeder of course will not work however with a screen top you can cut a section for feeding or if the holes are large enough allow the food to fall through. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
This will hold just over 100mL of food. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Any module plugged into the Apex counts towards the limit of 5. This counts the display and expansion outlets like the EB4 and EB8 as well. If you are maxed out at 4 modules you can always stop using the display unit and use your phone or computer to control the Apex to open up a spot for one more module.
Hope this helps.
Have a great day :)
- Stay dry system - keeps food dry to avoid clumping
- Works with pellet or flake fish and coral food
- Build complex feeding routines
- Compatible with Apex, Apex Lite and Apex Jr Aquarium Controllers
- Dimensions: 6.25" (accounting for AquaBus plug) x 3" x 3.75"
What's in the Box
- AFS System
- Adjustable clips that extend to almost 2"
- Hook and loop tape
- 15 Ft AquaBus Cable
- Sample of Crossover Diet Pellet Fish Food
Works well By christopher on 8/13/2016christopher wouldn't recommend this product to a friendNever had a problem and have been using mine. Used a ring to make sure the pellets didn't drop into the overflow, but overall has been consistent and reliable.
Piece of junk By Wolffmanmn on 8/5/2016Wolffmanmn wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe lid is temperamental. Had several spills of food. Filled the tank with food several times. Lid should have some more secure mechanism to attach and remove. Also finicky trying to detach until from base that attaches unit to tank. Lid popped off doing this as well.
Great for vacations By RJ on 7/25/2016RJ wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI'm not sure why people are being so picky with this feeder...? Sure it makes some noise (only while its rotating, so once or twice a day for 30 seconds).
The noise dosnt bother me.
The amount of food it dispenses is hit n miss since its impossible for it to feed an exact amount. The type and size of food would regulate this.
As for opening it up to refill, its easy to attach it to the tank and take it off, so why not just take the unit off before refilling it?
My main concern about this would be that its not water proof at all. This sits right on top of your tank and the USB ports are too close to water for my comfort. Any splash near the unit and you could get potential issues. This is my first feeder so I'm not sure if other feeders are waterproof or not. I feel the unit and USB should be waterproof.
Other concern is the price. I love that it connects to my Apex, but I think the price is too high for what it is.
4/5 stars due to not being waterproof and price.
Great but not perfect By snow_max on 4/23/2016snow_max would recommend this product to a friendThe feeder is super slick and I love the fact that its programable with the Apex. You have may more options over all the other feeders on the market. That being said be cautions when removing the lid while its hanging over the tank. I dumped a whole cylinder of food into my reef because I wanted to change the feed rate. I don't understand why all the other reviewers complain about the sound. It does make noise, how ever I wouldn't call it annoying...unless you're feeding in the middle of the night and the tank is in your bedroom. Otherwise this is a great product and worth trying.
Worked great By Robsyp on 4/9/2016Robsyp would recommend this product to a friendWorked great out of the box. Had no problems.
Less then expected By Mike on 4/3/2016Mike wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have not changed the code on my Apex for months but once in a while the feeder does not feed. That is unexplainable by everyone I have talked to. Other then that the feeder has kept my fish alive for over a year now. It is noisy but my concern it for it to feed the fish. It drops about the same amount of food each time with 1mm pellets. Not perfect but close enough to keep the tank happy. BUT when it comes time to refill, you have to be careful. It is almost impossible to remove the canister. Most of the time all that comes off is the canister lid and ALL the food dumps into the tank. Advice: remove the entire feeder tilt up and remove the lid. It only takes a little extra time and no disasters.
good add on, needs some design improovements to get 5 stars By m on 2/21/2016m would recommend this product to a friendit's a bit noisier than it needs to be.
sounds like the gear quality and gear mesh is not quite right.
the food compartment should have a twist lock lid so the entire compartment can be removed without accidentally opening it.
on a positive note, it is fairly easy to program.
i have mine set to supply basic daily feedings of pellets and add other things (frozen foods and treats) by hand.
The best Feeder By Xavier on 2/18/2016Xavier would recommend this product to a friendA must have if you have the Neptune Apex ....! Control the times per day that you are able to feed you tank !
Nothing but issues with this device By Jeff on 2/4/2016Jeff wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI control my tank with the Apex controller and absolutely love it. I have never had any issues UNTIL I purchased this device.
First, the ability to 'daisy chain' multiple feeders together went out and I had to buy new cables to hook them directly into my Energy Bar/Aquabus.
Then one of them got 'stuck' while rotating and would not return to the closed position (into the trash it went).
Then, out of the blue, they took my Energy Bars down - knocked communication with the controller out on one and stopped ALL outlets on another. I know it was this device because after unplugging my Energy Bar for a reboot/re-connect with the controller, as soon as I plugged one of the AFS devices in, it took them down again...
I'm not sure why Neptune continues to sell these items...
Back to the Eheim everyday feeder for me...
Dumps Food; Noisy; Inconsistent By Kurt on 1/30/2016Kurt wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have just about every Apex product they make and love them all.
The feeder is an epic fail. The lid is so difficult to pop off that dumps some to all the food on the floor or in the tank 75% of the time; even when disconnecting and being as carful as possible.
It's unnecessarily noisy - as if Apex added noise ok purpose.
The food dispensing is inconsistent at best.
Worst design ever. I wish I could return it.
feeds inconsistently. buggy software. By Kram on 1/26/2016Kram wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI hope nobody is naive enough to put this right on their tank. I recommend testing it over a bowl or something first. If you do that, you will find that it has up to 800% of error. Said differently, you'll see anywhere from 1/4 the food you expect it to output, to 4 times more than you expect. Hence 800% variation. Then when you look at how it is designed, you'll understand why. There must be better designs out there. Hopefully Neptune comes up with something better. So make sure you take that into account when designing your feeding schedule. It is really tough though since you don't know what you are going to get.
Secondly, the feeder is buggy. If you configure your schedule to start feeding at midnight, it will freeze the feeder forever and it will never feed. After spending over an hour each night for a couple days with Neptune tech support, I learned about this bug.
Note: I was happy that Neptune answered my question, but note that it was very very hard for me to get answer from them. I wouldn't have gotten an answer if I wasn't persistent. They kept keep giving me the run around and wouldn't answer my question, which was..... "why won't my feeder work. What am I doing wrong? Or what is wrong with code that was auto generated by their tool (Fusion)." It wasn't until I asked to talk to an engineer many many times that the Tech Support Manager put me on hold for another 30 mins and came back with an answer from engineering. And note that he said previously he already talked to an engineering about this. Now that I know what the issue was, I'm fairly confident that nobody even looked at the code that was generated. If they had, they would have found it in the first 5 mins of the phone call, which would have saved me and Neptune systems man hours of time.
So in a nutshell, my experience so far has not been good. So please take this info and do as you please. Hope this helps.
Waste of money By Larry on 11/30/2015Larry wouldn't recommend this product to a friendDidn't work out of the box. Had to send it back to factory. Have not received it back yet. Hoping it works this time. Given another chance would certainly chose a stand alone feeder.