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I don't know much about fish tanks but my boyfriend has a salt water tank and I want to give him as gift the automatic feeder and I wanted to ask you the following questions:
- Does this model works on salt water fish tanks?
- Is the system stable on the corner of the fish tank so doesn't fall to the other water?
- Does it work with any kind of food?
That sounds like a nice gift! It has no problem at all working on saltwater tanks. The feeder itself comes with a bracket that clips to the side of the tank but I have also seen plenty of people secure them on a corner with a bit of velcro. The feeder will work great with pellet food as well as flake food. As you can likely imagine it will not work with wet or frozen food though :-)
This can work for a variety of pellet food sizes and holds up to a 4 oz container of food. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The Eheim Everyday Feeder should likely take care of your 20g tank for that time frame, depending on a few variables: The amount of fish and how much you feed them. It has a 100mL capacity and depending on the type of food and the setting you have it on that will dictate how long it will feed for. We have had very good luck with the Neptune Crossover Diet with automatic feeders.
The compact EHEIM feeding unit is operated by batteries (included). The actively aerated feeding chamber dispenses dry food down to the last flake. With simple-to-use programming, you decide when the fish should be fed. Double dosage of the food is also provided in the programming. "Snacks between meals" are possible at the press of a button at any time. A warning system informs you of low battery power. Approximate capacity: 100 mL. An integrated fan and ventilation system eliminates condensation accumulation and keeps the food dry.
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Gets the Job Done By BigHildy53 on 8/15/2016BigHildy53 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI purchased this and a feeding ring before leaving for vacation. It worked well. Food was dispensed on schedule (I had a camera focused on it so I could check on vacation). It was easy to program. Good deal for the money.
Does the job By Eric on 7/13/2016Eric wouldn't recommend this product to a friendFor the money this has been hard to beat. Easy to program and then walk away. Lets me get away for a while without having to have someone try to feed my tank.
Two issues, one easily overcome: the door for the feed opening moves easily and can be accidentally opened wider or narrower when handling the container; a piece of tape took care of that. The other is a lack of an "off" switch. Seems like that would be pretty basic - but having to take the batteries out to turn it off is a nuisance. If you use it all the time, no worries, but removing/replacing batteries and reprogramming each time I use it is a bit annoying.
That said, it does what I need it to for a very reasonable price.
Best feeder for the price By Howard on 6/14/2016Howard would recommend this product to a friendWorks well. Had to use zip ties to get it mounted as I do not have a top. I have no problem with clumping. Works with pellets or flakes.
flake clumps up from moisture By jim on 12/23/2015jim wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI tried flake food and it clumps up from moisture and does not come out of the chamber.
Good feeder By Russell on 5/4/2015Russell would recommend this product to a friendI have had it for almost a year and havn't replaced the batteries. Functions great, and its quiet. The downside is the adjustment door is very finicky. I use a piece of tape on it to get the correct amount of food.
Amazing By Lukasz on 1/1/2015Lukasz would recommend this product to a friendVery good feeder. Schedule up to 4 times with 2 rotations each. Just make sure u mount it slightly at an angle.
Easy and reliable By Squidfingers on 12/4/2014Squidfingers would recommend this product to a friendSetup was simple, does what it says it does. Build quality was about what I expected, nothing feels like it is going to just fall into the tank while I am away and nuke my tank. The only reason i gave it 4 stars is because I would like more mounting options.
will not work. By Lance on 11/22/2014Lance wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI used this about two months ago and it worked fine. Put it away, pulled it out because im going on vacation and the drum will not rotate to the programed time. Piece of crap. Don't buy this product. I sure will not buy another. I think Eheim should replace it for free, but I am not going to ask. Who would want another? not me!
Very good product By Conny on 11/11/2014Conny would recommend this product to a friendI use this unit to maintain a minimum amount of daily feeding requirements and to supplement while I'm away.
Would recommend this product.
Dependable By Harry on 6/9/2014Harry would recommend this product to a friendThis fish feeder has been feeding my fish 3 times a day dependably for over 6 months now. The hardest part is remembering to keep it full! You can set it for multiple times per day and varying amounts each time.
For me it holds over 2 weeks worth of food in the container.
Finally a Decent Feeder By Shawn on 4/22/2014Shawn would recommend this product to a friendAfter having tried three other auto-feeders including one from Ehiem this one seems to have nailed my requirements. It will handle small and large pellets along with flake (I mix some pellets with flake and this works great too). You can meter the amount fed with relative ease although not much precision. The door that controls the amount fed is pretty easy to knock open or closed and doesn't have positive clicks on each setting, The door on the two units I own just kind of flops between settings so an errant thumb when you set it up could easily knock it out of adjustment. Probably a QC issue on the parts from their supplier as others haven't mentioned this problem. A piece of tape has locked it down for me.
The unit is near silent and very unobtrusive when mounted above my tank. I put it directly above a power head to ensure the whole amount of food is distributed around the tank.
Other than the feed door there isn't much room for improvement as it is easy to program. Currently my fish all park just below the feeder and seem to have the timing down pretty good!
Must for accurate vacation feeding By David on 11/22/2013David would recommend this product to a friendThis is a great item, I have it feed two spins at 1100, and my apex goes into feed mode a min beforehand. Just know it doesn't float and is not water proof. Ask me how I know. Yep, just ordered another one.