newb By Brian on 1/3/2015
Brian wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This is my first auto feeder. First off, the biggest issue I have is that in order to remove the container you essentially have to pull on the lid/cap. I think you've got about a 50/50 chance that you will not pull the container out and you will pull the lid off, spilling all the food into the tank. So, you have to remove the whole AFS EVERY time.
....not as loud as a blender, but louder than my dishwasher. (does that help?)... It's loud.
Decent, but I expect more out of Apex By Huck1795 on 1/1/2015
Huck1795 would recommend this product to a friend
The unit is nice and the integration with the Apex controller can not be beat. I have had my unit for six months now and I have had the cover fall off a few times while trying to adjust the feed amount. Now I simply wait until it is empty before I remove which minimizes the potential for excess food to fall into my tank. The feed control is very touchy, but at the end of the day, the difference is not that big of a deal. I think that overall it is a good unit, and the pros definitely out weigh the cons
Lame By Charles on 12/22/2014
Charles wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The thing is so incredibly loud, and it's not a defect.
Lookup the Lifeguard Intellifeeder. Notice everyone has music playing when they show it in operation? Ya. Because it's so loud you'll freak out thinking something is broken, it's not.
For 100$ this is junk.
works as should By nick on 12/15/2014
nick would recommend this product to a friend
I installed this on my apex with ease and it is running properly. Be sure to take the whole unit down before attempting to adjust feed amount . I wrote an advanced program and now I have multiple feed cycles with a delay after the pumps shut down. Now I don't have to burden my tanksitter so much when I'm on vacation.
makes life easier By Ryan on 11/30/2014
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
The auto feeder from neptune really makes feed fish so much easier feed the same amount every time and i never forget to feed fish and don't have to be home to be sure they are fed. The unit is a little noisy but it isn't that bad.
Has been working great for almost a year By Joe on 11/17/2014
Joe would recommend this product to a friend
I have not had the problem of having the top come off while removing the drum, but I can see how that could happen, so I will not be more careful when I do that. However, since it hasn't happened to me yet, I can't lower my review because of it.
Because the unit connects to the Apex controller, I can turn main pump off, as well as turn a PH on to better distribute pellets when feeding, which works great.
The improvement I would make is on how you adjust the amount of food released. As others have noted, for smaller tanks (60 gal), it is very hard to adjust the unit to release small loads.
I don't care about the noise the unit makes for the few min. a day it is operating.
Overall, it has been extremely useful for me and is doing the job very well.
Poor Design By Mike on 10/22/2014
Mike wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Big Neptune fan here, HOWEVER this product needs some major rework. Besides being noisy, the cover to the food container barely seats itself in place. Multiple times this has caused the entire contents of the food container to dump into my tank.
Easy to Program, needs refinement By Matt on 10/10/2014
Matt wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I purchased two of the AFS units very close to the initial release. I do like how easy it is to program the units.
I've had the issues that others have mentioned: it's easy to pull the cap off when removing the food container from the unit (it took me hours to clean a tank where that happened), and it's hard to control the amount of food fed to the tank.
Also, I have had issues with both units' mounting clamps. Neither will hold in place firmly, so the unit moves around a lot. I've had a hard time finding a good place to mount it on my sump, and had to resort to a lot of velcro tape.
Lastly, and most importantly, one of my units died after about eight months of use due to "water damage" from the humidity in the sump (open backed cabinet). Neptune would not replace it, but to their credit, did offer a slight discount to repair it. However, fixing something that would most likely fail in another few months is not worth the money.
TLDR; The control design is nice, but the physical unit is poorly designed and likely to fail. I'll be finding another solution for feeding.
Not bad! By SL on 8/13/2014
SL would recommend this product to a friend
I used the included rubber feet to place this on top of my canopy with the drop chute positioned over a canopy vent. After fiddling with placement so the food drops where I want, I marked the correct spot with some blue painter's tape. This makes it easy to check the amount of food left as well replenish the food bin.
- Super easy to program from the Apex
- Can coordinate feeding with other activity in the tank (eg. turn off/down water flow)
- Dead simple installation (one aquabus cable)
- No batteries!
- My Anthiases have never been happier!
- Much noisier than I expected
- Lots of mounting options, but none really worked well inside my Marineland canopy. Works great up on top, though.
Apex can do better By Jt on 8/1/2014
Jt wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Like others have mentioned, easy to instal and program. My problem is you must remove the entire feeder to remove the food housing. If you do not and try to pull the housing out, the top comes off and any food inside falls into the tank. Also this feeder is very loud. I've used the eheim feeder before and the sound difference is huge. I still stand behind the apex aqua controller as there is none better. The feeder just needs a little work. I was hoping it was just an auger that turns to move the food forward and drop out of the bottom. that would work for pellets, flakes, and plankton with more accuracy.