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Old 01-04-2008, 10:05 AM   #1
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Rondomatic 400 Automatic Fish Feeder

I bought this feeder: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...ondomatic&Np=1

It had a fatal flaw. The bracket that attaches to the tank didn't fit any of the standard tank sizes - 20 gal, 55 gal, etc. The part that slips over the tank frame was too narrow and wouldn't fit over the rim of a standard tank. I guess if you had a rimless tank like the ones sold by glasscages.com, it might work.

Anyway, I had a chance to study it's other features. In some respects it's pretty nice. The dumping mechanism is neat and crisp and having a lot of little dumping bins is pretty good for portion control. The main drawbacks I saw were as follows:

1. Fast dumping. The bins should dump slowly over a period of minutes so the fish could take in the food before it sinks. Instead they dump instantaneously so all the food in a bin goes into the tank at one time.

2. Unnecessarily limited feed times. The feeder has 28 separate dumping bins, but only 4 pins to trigger the dumps. The pins are like the analog timers you buy at HD where you put in a pin where you want to trigger an on/off switch. The good ones have a settable pin for every 15 minutes in a 24h period. This feeder should be like that, but instead has only 4 pins for 24h.
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