- 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
If yours works good for you! By Doc on 8/28/2019Doc wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI purchased this prior to a long road trip and had high hopes. It did not work properly. The mechanism is poorly designed and did not cycle properly. I sent it back to Neptune and they "repaired it". Now it does nothing.
Works just fine By Mervin on 8/26/2019Mervin would recommend this product to a friendI mounted mine on an aluminum bracket with Velcro for easy removal for filling away from my tank. I’ve been using mine for a year with no issues. A little noisy but I hardly notice anymore.
Great feeder By Milto on 8/14/2019Milto would recommend this product to a friendWas hesitant with the bad reviews but having a feeder controlled through my apex was a must. Have had it on my tank for about a year and works great. Yeah it makes noise, yeah the lid and canister are a bit finicky but overall it works great. Just have to be careful removing the lid and canister. I think for the price it could be a little better but overall works great.
Great auto feeder By Quenton on 7/25/2019Quenton would recommend this product to a friendI've had this for years now without any issues.
Pretty Good! By Michael on 6/12/2019Michael would recommend this product to a friendI see what people complain about, and I get it. Is it an little noisy? Yes. If you try to remove the food cup without tipping it up is it going to dump all the food in your tank? Yes. But once you move past those 2 things the quality, amount of food that is fed control ability, and simplicity of programming through Fusion far outweighs all that. I would buy again in a heartbeat for those reasons.
Bad design By Philly D on 6/10/2019Philly D wouldn't recommend this product to a friendSo I bought this feeder since I am going on vacation and I want to make things easier on my tank sitter. Let’s start with its loud. Really loud, but that’s forgivable. I get it installed and I am adjusting the amount of food to drop and not realizing that if you try and pull out the drum without taking the unit completely off the tank the lid will pop off and dump all the food into the tank I did exactly that. Now I have to do a water change.
Feeder By Mark on 5/8/2019Mark would recommend this product to a friendI have 3 of these Feeders I bought the first one 3 years ago still running strong. As long as you remove the feeder when filling they work great, keeps your food dry.
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.
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 :)