- AFS Automatic Feeding System - Neptune Systems
Add even more convenience to your Apex Controller with the AFS Automatic Feeding System from Neptune Systems. Automate your feedings while you are away on vacation or if just want to remove this from your daily routine, the AFS can feed your tank inhabitants once a day or multiple times a day. Daisy-chain two AFS feeders together to feed two different foods or just increase the storage for those long vacations.
- 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, ApexEL, and other Apex Aquarium Controllers
- Dimensions: 6.25" (accounting for AquaBus plug) x 3" x 3.75"
- Holds up to 100mL of most pellet and flake foods
What's in the Box
- AFS System
- Adjustable clips that extend to almost 2"
- Hook and loop tape
- 15 Ft AquaBus Cable
- Sample of Neptune Crossover Diet Pellet Fish Food
Unreliable at best By RC on 2/7/2019RC wouldn't recommend this product to a friendLike other reviewers I find the design flawed.
You shouldn't have to pull on the lid to remove the whole food canister to check levels and refill. Any "accidental" lid removal with the canister horizontal will result in the loss of all food into your tank.... I spoke with Neptune directly and they claimed that nobody else had commented on the lid coming off and said I must be pulling too hard.... well I've now had too many lid failures that I cannot risk it wiping my tank.
The pellet measuring is also seriously inconsistent as mentioned by other reviewers, even with the Neptune food.
I've taken mine off the tank after multiple fails.
Much better alternatives By Ray C on 12/20/2018Ray C wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI've had the AFS unit for 8 months now. It is LOUD and works good enough. The problem is, its just "good enough". Products made by Tunze and others are much much better values. I have many Neptune products and some I love. This is not one of them. Quality control on this unit has much to be desired. Neptune makes great controller systems, mechanical items, not so much. Its too bad, because with the control features it could have been great.
Gets the job done By Samer on 12/16/2018Samer would recommend this product to a friendExtremely easy to set up with apex, as in other reviews the front cover will pop off and dump food in the tank. Always remove unit to add or adjust amount of food. Neptune apex ready pretty much plug and play. Set of the times and amount of drum turns you want. Fits perfect on rimless tank with included adjustable mounting bracket.
Sooo Loud By Raymond on 10/28/2018Raymond wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWell, what to say. This thing is soo loud when it runs, its unbelievable. For $99.00, this thing should be purring. What to do with it. Never even used it with food yet, just plugged it in. Now Im not sure I will.
Works great with Apex By jmfugett on 6/9/2018jmfugett would recommend this product to a friendThe low ratings are operator error, or too high expectations. This works great and gives great feedback when away from the tank. I want to see the feedings logged when I am away. How else do you get that? I have never had any problem with it. It is noisy, but who cares. Lets the fish know its time to eat. Any automated task has to be monitored. Anything can and will fail. So monitor it. The "design flaw" comments are unfair. You can dump food into the water if you are not careful, but I have never had an auto feeder where this wasn't a possibility (and I have had several over the years). Just pay attention. If anything, I would suggest getting two so food is distributed on both sides of the tank. If I have a complaint its that it ruins the line of the rimless Red Sea tank. I only set it up when I am away from the tank, but thats aesthetics and personal opinion.
1,000,000 pellets released into my tank!!!!!! By Chad on 5/17/2018Chad wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis product design is flawed. In order to pull the drum out you have to pull on the front cap which can and will release before the drum at times. This just happened to me and released nearly an entire drums worth of food into my tank. There really is no way around this as far as I can tell.
DON'T DO IT
Used for 3 weeks By Amado on 5/7/2018Amado wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis product can’t be trusted for long vacations. The build is horrible for a $99 auto feeder. The mount is horrible do not buy this. The usb plugs are not covered so if you get any salt water in the device it will be useless. Don’t buy aquarium products that are not water proof or at least sealed.
AFS By MSG on 5/6/2018MSG would recommend this product to a friendI see a lot of bad reviews on this I have had no problems with mine number 2 will be online soon
Overpriced, Unreliable, Low End Feeder By ChocolateClown11 on 4/23/2018ChocolateClown11 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendLet me start with the good. It integrates with my APEX OK? To me anyway, Neptune makes this UI for the feeder complex for no reason. It should just ask me what times I want to feed my fish and how many rotations. That said it's not awful, just not good.
The Bad: Everything else. Since this was not the first autofeeder on the market, I can't believe this sucks soooooo bad. First the price (I won't elaborate, but really $100.) Second trying to configure the amount of food sucks. If you use small food pellets you have to leave it on the lowest setting or all the food dumps in and for larger pellets it is ridiculously inconsistent about how much food comes out. If you use flake food, total crap shoot.
Third, the mount. Again this is not the first feeder on the market, why it's worse then every other feeder is beyond me. Fourth, since the design of the feeding drum is; let's say awful; trying to pull it out refilling, then putting it back ALWAYS results in food spilling. I cannot stress this enough, this is not the first autofeeder on the market, and an issue like this proves they honestly did not care about making a superior product, just making something that was "apex ready". Fifth, the noise. Sure I don't hear it when I'm not home, but it's $99. That's more then the PM1 and PM2, but those IMHO are perfect.
I can't recommend this product unless you really, really need apex integration. It's the lowest quality feeder at the highest price. Don't waste your money like I did, get another autofeeder. And literally everyone is better then this on.
A noisy module and needs a more user friendly programming interface By Izzy on 4/13/2018Izzy would recommend this product to a friendSo far I've had this feeder for a couple of years and it hasnt caused me any mechanical problems. The only downsides is that this feeder is extremely noisy when it runs its routines. Also, I had to create a virtual outlet to delay the feeding after the pumps shut off. I think Neptunes systems should include some sort of delay in their program template to allow the user to input the following parameters: select which pumps to shut off, the wait time after the pump shuts off before the feed starts, how long the system stays off before powering the pumps back on.
Worked three feedings then came out and stopped. By Dirtfrog on 4/6/2018Dirtfrog wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWorked three feedings then came out and stopped. Never work again, I tried took of tank and tried to see44 what was wrong with it. hard to open to re feel, Yes I have the new Apex,
Poorly designed, unreliable, overpriced. By Chris on 4/1/2018Chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis product is both poorly designed, unreliable, and thus way over priced.
Poorly designed - 1) mounting clamp assumes you have an outside tank wall to mount it on and supports only one mounting angle. With a large acrylic tank containing a partial top or rim (for strength) it won't fit. Without a clamp the unit is too light and can be yanked around by the cord or easily knocked into the tank. 2) If you use larger flakes but have the feed amount slider mostly closed large flakes easily block the open portion of the slider and reduce the amount of food dispensed. 3) Very inconsistent in dosing. 4) Loud 5) Lid is barely held on and can come off during a cycle. Since the whole hopper spins around it then dumps most of the food into your tank at once. 6) Device sits on top of tank but USB ports are exposed to salt water. They need a rubber plug for the unused port.
Poorly built: 1) Jams easily. I have had two fail on me - both jammed partway through a cycle and won't recover. Since there is no way to get at the mechanism both are essentially junk now. 2) Lid of hopper does not reliably stay on. 3) Motor seems to strain often. It is either underpowered or construction doesn't leave enough space for the mechanism to move freely (or maybe the gears grind, or whatever).
Personally, I think the design is overly complicated and is the cause of a lot of the problems.
Can this feeder be programed by itself without the apex. I plan on buying the apex soon I just need an auto feeder sooner than I have the funds for the apex.
It cannot, it requires the Apex system in order to operate.
Hello,I have the apex lite,if I buy this apex AFS feeding system,what else do I need to buy to make it work ? Or is it a plug and play ? Thank you kevin
If you already have an Apex system all you need is the AFS system :)
I actually have two questions.
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!
What is the volume of food that can be held in the unit?
This will hold just over 100mL of food. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Are these compatible with the new apex system?
Can this feeder hold small pellets and would it be good for two weeks?
Yes, this product would how small pellets. Depending on how much you feed, a full drum should last you 2 weeks if not more. Have a great day!
From where this mounts on the top of the tank, how far out does the feeder come into the tank to release the food? Making a lid, and want to make sure I have enough clearance, so the food drops into the water. Thanks
Can I use whit Red Sea max 250 whit clip become the edge is not flat
I have the Apex Jr. and I am aware of its 5 module limit. Does the AFS count towards my module limit?
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 :)