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Salttanker 06-21-2004 03:41 PM

Automatic feeder anyone?
I am going to be out of town on business for a few days, and I was wondering does anyone here use an automatic feeder? If so, will you suggest the best one that I should use? I can usually find someone to baby sit my tank while I'm gone, but can't get anyone for those days. Thanks for listening.


TankGirl 06-22-2004 12:37 PM

I have not used them, so take what I say with a grain of salt, but I have heard that automatic feeders are not always reliable, and you run the risk of dumping a huge bunch of food into your tank while you are gone, which could cause serious problems.

Your fish can go for quite some time without food, so a week or 10 days is no problem at all. The tank I used to keep at my daughter's school would go without any kind of attention for a week during winter break and spring break, and would go for three-day weekends in the summertime when no staff came in. This tank was up for 2 years and no fish died during the entire time.

What size tank, and what kind of fish do you have?

Salttanker 06-22-2004 01:30 PM

They have one where you can equally distribute the food in individual compartments so you can actually control the amount of food being given. I have a 90G FO tank with a Yellow Tang, Niger Trigger, a Wrasse, and a couple of Damsels.


poppab02 06-22-2004 01:57 PM

I have the automatic feeder from Wal-Mart (around 10 bucks) and it seems to work fine, it feeds the fish a small amount of food twice a day.

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