Do I need an aquarium feeder?
Do not forget that aquarium fish are the same pets as dogs with cats. Like other pets, fish should have their own feeding place. Inexperienced aquarists are confident that the inhabitants of an artificial reservoir are indifferent to how and where to eat. But, if we consider the food through the feeder, it becomes clear that this method has many advantages. So, the fish get used to the place and time of feeding. The creation of the regime favorably affects the health of the inhabitants.
What is the use of feeders?
Feeder for fish is a kind of discipline. Feeding will be associated with only one place. Thanks to this, it is possible to improve the condition of the water in the aquarium, since the remains will settle only in one place, which will allow them to be removed from the aquarium or collected by catfish. Somams do not have to scour around the ground in search of food, he will know exactly where to look for the treasured delicacy. Minimal distribution of food in the aquarium prevents rotting, and therefore the water stays clean longer.
Feeder for live food greatly facilitates the process of feeding. The fact is that the particles of such food are heavier than water and rapidly descend, therefore sluggish fish or those who cannot eat from the bottom do not have enough time to enjoy live food. Thanks to the correctly chosen feeding trough, the particles linger in it, which will allow the fish to slowly eat all the proposed feed.
Variety of models
Today in the pet store you can find a huge assortment of different aquarium feeders. But if you do not want to spend money, you can build a simple structure yourself. All models can be divided into floating and automatic.
If you decide to purchase a floating option, it is more convenient to purchase a model with suction cups. Such feeders are attached to the wall, which will not allow the fish to move it, and pump away. The most common plastic frames, in the middle of which is poured food. But if you still do not know where the place of supply will be located, then you can choose a regular model without mounts.
Pay attention to the feed for live feed. It looks like a cone, on the sharp end of which is a grid. The cone is conveniently located under water, so changing the height of the water does not affect the convenience either. All the worms remain in the cone until the fish themselves grab them. If you remove the grid from the bottom, you can use it as a regular feeder for different types of food. Fixed feeder on one of the walls of the aquarium is not convenient because of the natural lowering of the water level. In case the aquarium feeder is fixed on one side, then after the level change, the feeder will bend down and stop performing its functions. Manufacturers have thought it through, so you can find modern floating models with guides that help it adjust to the water level.
Prefer automatic feeders advise people who:
- Often on business trips or travels;
- Contain a large number of aquariums.
The automatic fish feeder is attached to the upper edge of the side wall. It is a jar with an engine. On the timer, set the time when the feed will go to the pets. As soon as the time comes to the appointed - the box automatically throws a portion. Since the amount of food varies depending on the type and number of inhabitants, the feeder is equipped with a quantity regulator. For starters, you have to spend a lot of time to adjust the optimal amount. Remember that in no case should the food sink to the bottom and rot, no matter how hungry the fish look, you should limit their diet.
The automatic feeder is ideal as the main power source, but you shouldn’t let it go. After all, it is able to dose only dry food, and the fish need a balanced diet. Give the fish a live or vegetable supplement.
It is necessary to install a feeding trough in an opposite side from the filter and the compressor. If you put it in the same corner, the feed will simply be washed out of the feeder by a stream of water. So, the fish will remain hungry, and the food will spread in all directions.
How to make a feeder yourself?
Not everyone wants to buy a feeder, because it can be made by hand. For its manufacture can be used:
- Rubber tube
To make a feeding trough from polyfoam is easiest. Even a child can cope with this task. Find a small piece of foam that will be between 1 and 1.5 centimeters high. Decide on the optimal length and width of the feeding area and cut out the frame from the foam. It is advisable to go around the edges of fine sandpaper to remove excess. This trough has significant advantages: excellent buoyancy, ease of construction and low cost. However, it was not without its drawbacks - a short-lived construction that easily absorbs odor and dirt.
Make the feeder out of the rubber tube even easier. It is enough to find a suitable tube with a diameter of 1 centimeter and glue the hollow ends together. It is important to do this very carefully, because if water is poured into it, the ring will sink. This trough is not afraid of mechanical damage and will last a long time.
For live food it is better to use plastic and plexiglass. Take a piece of material up to 2 mm high. Make a frame of four strips, gluing them perpendicular to each other. In the middle, place a piece of plastic with drilled holes and firmly glue to the prepared frame.
Of course, the aesthetic side of homemade feeders remains in question. In addition, the cost of them in pet stores is not so large as to waste time on self-procurement of the necessary attribute.
Automatic feeder for fish with their own hands
Why do people buy automatic feeders for their aquarium pets? There are various reasons: a lot of work at work, a desire to ensure accurate fulfillment of the feeding regime, departure for several days on business or on a trip, etc. It would seem that the easiest option is to go to a pet store and purchase one. But which feeder to choose? Or maybe it makes sense to try to do it yourself?
Auto Feeder: General Operation
The principle of operation of the device is based on the portion of feed in a unit of time. The mechanics of most modern automatic feeders are, in principle, the same: a strictly metered portion of food is poured into the water through a hole in the drum.
After feeding the drum turns and its compartment is filled again from the common chamber. The capacity of the feed compartment is adjusted using a special shutter, which can be moved in one direction or another to a characteristic click.
In addition to drum-type devices, there are:
- Fully automated feeders with the feed during the opening of a special valve (like the curtains in old mechanical cameras).
- And screw deviceswhen the dose of feed is regulated by the number of turns of the worm shaft.
- Available also disk sampleswhere food for fish is served sequentially from the compartments on the disk. At a certain time, the lower disk turns, and all the food from one compartment is poured into the aquarium. Next in turn is the next drive bay.
But the main technological node in all commercial automatic feeders is, of course, an electronic control unit.
Power for many devices can serve as a household AC network, and ordinary batteries.
Overview of Commercial Samples
Like all other aquarium accessories, car feeders from various manufacturers are quite widely represented in the distribution network. They differ in size, container capacity, device, and, of course, price. Moreover, the cost depends mainly on the degree of automation: the more electronics in the automatic feeder, the more expensive it is.
Eheim TWIN model
The German company Eheim produces expensive, elite equipment for aquariums, and the samples of automatic feeders for fish presented by this company are no exception.
It has 2 compartments for food with a total capacity of 160 ml. Each compartment operates independently, feeding different types of food at different times. However, you can program the feeding process as you like.
The model is powered by 4-finger batteries that are included in the package; their resource lasts about 4 months of work. Of course, the price of Eheim TWIN is rather big - about 7 thousand rubles for a 600-gram device.
Another German company - Hagen - took the path of reducing the size of the equipment.
Thus, the electronic model Hagen Nutramatix weighs only 140 g, and its bunker holds much less food - only 14 g.
This sample is well suited for feeding fry, because 2 times a day at the programmed time it can feed even the smallest dry food. The device works on 2 batteries.
The budget version of the automatic feeders offers the company Juwel (Germany).
The model of the drum type weighs 300 g, works on 2 batteries, does not require time-consuming maintenance and provides two times feed per day.
Install the device in any place, the main thing - to cut through the corresponding hole in the lid of the aquarium.
Do not lag behind the German manufacturers Italians.
The automatic feeder FERPLAST CHEF (screw type) accurately feeds the feed, can feed it 3 times a day, protects the food from moist air and works for a rather long time from 2 batteries.
In short, a variety of branded automatic feeders for fish allows you to choose exactly the option that is needed at this time. But you can make this device yourself.
At first glance, it is not easy to make an autoform yourself. But it only seems. If you turn on the imagination a little and understand the principle of feeding at a strictly defined time, then you can figure out that for this you need 2 main things: a desk clock (an ordinary alarm clock) and a light box that will simultaneously play the role of a feed bunker and dispenser.
Such a box with a lid can be made, for example, from light transparent plastic. In the tank (with the lid on) near one of the corners it is necessary to make an even hole through which the feed will fall out.
Then the cover is removed, and the partition is glued into the case so that it separates the space with a hole from the main part. In appearance it resembles the entrance to a maze, viewed from above.
In the center of the case a round hole is carefully cut to fit the improvised stern compartment on the watch shaft. In a box in a vertical position, dry food is poured to a level below the central hole.
A clock mechanism is available: it is the alarm clock itself with the glass removed. The self-made camera is worn on the hour axis and is attached with thin tape to the hour hand. It is necessary to choose a position so that 2 times a day, at a certain time, the slot of the box is below.
Food will slowly get enough sleep until the hour hand passes a certain way on the dial. It remains only to fix the self-made automatic feeder near the edge of the aquarium cover, above the water.
How long will such a unit last?
It is difficult to say definitely, but enough time to go to the country or to friends for a weekend for a couple of days. It is important that the box is not very heavy, and the batteries for the alarm clock are new. By the way, instead of a plastic box, some homemade craftsmen use a large round pencil sharpener as a container for food.
Bottle and Smartphone
You can try another option. Very funny, but extremely simple.
The plastic bottle is cut in half, and the top half of the bottle is flipped down. The cork must be unscrewed and attached to the neck of the bottle so that there is a small gap between it and the neck.
The bottle is filled with a little fine dry food; it does not matter if some of his small part will first get enough sleep. Soon this process will stop by itself. Inside the bottle, a mobile phone with the "Vibration" mode set is placed directly in the feed.
Self-made feeder should be installed in a tripod above the water and make a call to a phone number. He begins to vibrate, and the feed from the vibrations is poured out precisely in such a dose, how long the work of the telephone apparatus lasts.
Naturally, each such option should be checked during field trials.
Undoubtedly, when you often have to leave home for a long time, it is better to purchase a branded electronic automatic feeder and entrust the feeding process of your favorite fish to it. If such absences are episodic, short and do not want to spend money on expensive equipment, home-made devices will not leave animals without food.
Video about creating a simple car feeders for fish using the phone:
Automatic Aquarium Feeder
Surely every owner of the aquarium at least once faced with a problem - who will leave the fish while the whole family is on vacation? Relatives and neighbors are employed as breadwinners. However, there is a much simpler solution - an automatic aquarium feeder.
With its help, the feeding process is fully automated. In your absence, the fish will receive food in due time. There is simply a huge number of various feeders on the market, which differ in functionality and, accordingly, in cost.
A variety of automatic fish feeders in the aquarium
Basically, all feeders are powered by conventional AA batteries. The most simple trough has 2 feed modes - every 12 or 24 hours. The food inside the feeder is well protected from moisture. It costs about 1500 rubles.
More sophisticated feeders with a digital display, a compressor for preserving food from moisture, two feed compartments, additional feed modes and other functions cost 3,000–6,000 rubles.
How to choose an automatic feeder for aquarium fish?
When choosing a particular model, it is primarily based on how often the feed should go to the fish. The feeder can feed 1, 2, 3 or more times a day, and there are also feeders that can be programmed to feed after a certain time.
Also pay attention to such factors as the volume of containers for feed, the number of these tanks, the overall dimensions of the feeder, ventilation, vibration in the process.
How to use an automatic fish feeder in an aquarium?
Just want to say that you can use such a feeder not only during your absence at home. It is quite convenient to set it up for 2 meals a day to fish and no longer worry about whether you forget to feed your pets in time.
Regardless of the "bells and whistles" trough, use it very easy. Particularly well suited for this granular feed. Usually the standard capacity in the feeder is designed for 60 feedings.
To install the feeder, you need to cut a hole for it in the lid of the aquarium, insert the receiving tray from the feeder. It does not require special attention and maintenance. You only need to fill the container and set the necessary settings.
It is recommended to periodically clean the food tank and everything around it to avoid the formation of mold and mildew. You can connect an air compressor to the feeder if it is not included. It will blow the feed, preventing it from sticking together.