- 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, 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
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.
Works Great By MSG on 3/17/2018MSG would recommend this product to a friendI have used this feeder for a little over a year, for me it works great. The lid is a little hard to take off to refill it but other than that I love it easy to use
Beware By Jim28fl on 2/16/2018Jim28fl wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAlmost 2 yrs old now. Mine doesn't drop food accidentally into the tank. Mine does not fault out my software. Mine does stop in the partially rotated position and rarely dumps two rotations of food instead of one. It almost never properly returns to home position correctly. I have sent it in. They did not fix it or find anything wrong. I now live with it working not exactly as intended but it does work and feed my fish. Its a highly useful product with epic construction flaws. A redesign might put it at the top where it should be. Unfortunately I believe they choose to rush production and it bit them hard on this module. I have two friends with the unit and its the same story for them as well. Good luck if you get one. Some seem to work fine if your lucky enough to get a good one.
Neptune systems AFS By DanCyr942 on 2/14/2018DanCyr942 would recommend this product to a friendI got this right before I went on vacation for 11 days and it has been great. I keep an eye on the system through my Fusion dashboard and a webcam on the tank. I can see and hear it work (it is a little loud, but I'm not there anyway so no biggie) and watch the fish go after the pellet and flake combo I loaded into it. Not sure what the complaint about the cover on the feed module coming off easy is about unless they updated it since those complaints, but it stays on tightly. Should have got 2 AFS's so I can load freeze dried brine shrimp into the other one (gate needs to be open wider for larger chunks). Definitely a good buy, and even better that it shuts down the return and skimmer during the feed cycle automatically through the Apex.
Comically loud By brian on 1/9/2018brian would recommend this product to a friendI go to florida every summer for a couple weeks and I need to leave the tank alone. I was looking for a good option for feeding. I dont see what the problem is that people are having with the lid staying on. I had a terrible time getting mine off. It may break in after a few fills. The unit holds a ton of food and the adjustability of the quantity of food is great. My only complaint is the thing is so loud. I had read that was the case but nothing prepared me for how hilariously loud this thing is. I turned it on when my wife walked by and she almost had a heart attack. It was great. This thing works great, just set it up to go off when you're not home. Also fyi the apex food it comes with won't pass through the screen top BRS sells.
Reviews helped keep me away from purchasing By Kelly on 11/23/2017Kelly wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI am new to APEX controllers and I am ordering my first Neptune system. I thought I'd get the feeder as 1 of the useful options. After reading common negative reviews discussing quality and engineering of this product as well as the negative experiences with customer service at Neptune, I have reconsidered.
Just another customer that believes when you are marketing a premium product to a niche market at a premium price, you better live up to expectations or at the very least, have good customer service relations.
Wake up Neptune Systems management .
Need little more work before release By Slivacki on 10/18/2017Slivacki would recommend this product to a friendLittle noise and lid staying on while trying to remove is pain. Back of unit should have cover more over aquabus connection as seen a few fried from fish splashing up on them causing them to fry. But over all would still recommend to a friend because way easier to feed then a 35 cheap o because u can turn off other equipment etc to keep food from going in sump.
Nice automated feeder. By Mike on 9/25/2017Mike would recommend this product to a friendNice automated feeder. Helps me feed aquarium when I am traveling. Be careful when removing the cover to load/unload food. Easy to program via Apex Fusion.
Positive love it By Bakerrichard27 on 8/25/2017Bakerrichard27 would recommend this product to a friendAll the reviews I read seem like misuse to me this thing does exactly what it is supposed to and as for anything plastic take care when removing the lid and you have no issues at all over all love it
IT WORKS By Carlos on 8/8/2017Carlos would recommend this product to a friendI dont know why all the negative reviews, Ive been using this feeder for over a year without any problems!!! I use the Apex Crossover food. Its a little bit noisy but its only about 30 seconds.
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 :)