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By: Maura K. Ahearne

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 02:39:57 +0000

I purchased this feeder so my fish would not go hungry while I was on vacation. The time and the feedings are set using a 24h clock, so it's pretty hard to mess up. I did a trial run and everything seemed to be working fine. When I got back from vacation, my fish were not looking so hot. I fed them and they ate voraciously which got me wondering if the feeder was actually working. So I set my iphone alarm for 10:00 am and watched the feeder to see if it was dispensing food. Nothing. Then I set it for 11:00 am, and watched. Still nothing. So somewhere during the time I was gone, this feeder just quit working. Batteries are fine, clock is set right and so is the feeding time.

Maybe it will work for you, but it didn't work for me. Rating: 1 / 5

By: MP

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 23:56:13 +0000

This feeder works great as long as you follow the directions and complete ALL the steps for setting it up. After programming the current time, you set the times you want them to eat, THEN go back to those times and select 1 rotation or 2, depending on how much you want them to have. The default is 0, so that's why it didn't work for me at first. Now that I have it programmed correctly it works great, right on schedule. The mounting bracket did not fit on the edge of my tank and it comes with double sided tape just in case that happens. But, I wanted to be able to easily take it down to refill/reprogram/change the batteries, so I used Velcro instead of the tape. The Velcro works great but the unit does lean a little to the side. I put a quarter under that side and it's level again. Be sure to save the directions for when you want to reprogram, because it can be a little confusing without them. Rating: 5 / 5

By: S. Sankar

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 21:37:40 +0000

I have a 20 gallon fish tank with six fishes(kois and goldfish) and I wanted a fish feeder for when I go on vacation which is normally about ten days. I used this item and it worked perfectly. You just have to program it for the time of day you want the fish to be fed and it can feed up to two feedings at a time . What happens is the drum just makes two rotations and drops the food. Setting up the feeder is like programming your digital watch so just follow the instructions and all will be fine but dont lose the paper. I t also works with batteries so you dont have to worry about power outages......just what I wanted Rating: 5 / 5

By: Elysa Dennett

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:38:29 +0000

Ok, this is a nice feeder. I like it better then our last that sounded like it was grinding gravel. However, holy cow, what ever you do DON'T LOOSE THE INSTRUCTIONS. Programming the thing requires the most counter-intuitive convoluted set of steps that make no sense at all and are completely illogical. You will NEVER figure it out for yourself. It is so retarded, even if you figure it out one time, forget it, you will never remember and be able to do it again. Who programs this stuff??? Rating: 4 / 5

By: Mr Pink

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 17:55:14 +0000

Works but not that well. Set it up to feed a 33 gallon long marine aquarium for a week while I was on vacation. I do like the way the drum rotates completely all the way around at once to dump food, some feeders use a slow turning of a drum to time the addition of food. Setup of the timer is just more complex than it should be. I used the included Velcro to mount the feeder to the top of a wood canopy where the flakes were to fall into a section I cut out for the hang-on-tank protein skimmer to fit in. Upon pulling the drum off to add flakes the plastic backing of the drum pulled out and bent(not good)although I was able to get it almost back into position when I put the drum back on. Also, when I returned the feeder had leaned over off the Velcro so that it was out of optimal position and the flakes weren't falling as they should. My fish lived but I wouldn't trust it again.

EDIT: I gave this product another try when going on vacation for two weeks this October 2007. When set up properly and filled properly this feeder works with out fail. I secured the feeder to a strip of scrap wood screwed into the tank hood so that it had to stay in place. I also filled the drum through the discharge hole instead of pulling the drum off. My fish were still fat and happy on my return. Can't be beat for the price. 5 Stars. If you lose the instructions for setting feeding times you can go to the link below for a complete on line copy.

[...] Rating: 3 / 5