Eheim Dual Digital Aquarium Fish Feeder.
This new feeder from Eheim offers the greatest control available for automatic feeders:
* Two independent feeding hoppers allows you to offer two types of food
* Works with flake, pellets, freeze dried or food sticks
* A total of 80 ml of food capacity in each hopper
* Up to 3 feeding cycles per hopper for a total of up to 6 feedings a day
* Nine levels of portion control for each feeding cycle, feed more in the morning, less at night * Each hopper is aerated to prevent food clumping
* Digital display for current time and portion allotment for each feeding cycle
* Optional “random” feeding cycle
* Battery life display
* Batteries included
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Great feeder, need a large tank minimum Review by Ken
This is a great feeder with lots of options you want, except one. The 'nail' as they call it, spins for a few seconds, which is still a lot even at the minimum setting. You definitely need to make sure that this amount is okay with your tank, as that is always going to be the minimum amount it gives and i wouldn't recommend it for anything less than a heavy stocked 10G or more. You will just be exposing the water to an extreme excess of food otherwise. (Posted on 7/22/2014)
Excellent feeder Review by kevin
By far the best auto feeder I have used. Can feed 2 different foods at many different times and at different doses. It can feed any type of food, including large pellets for my Jaguar cichlid. Rarely jams and even when it does it can detect it, it sounds an alarm and displays ERR. Easy to reload and easy to take apart and clean. Dont waste your money on any other feeder, get this one.
The only down side is its a little annoying to program. (Posted on 1/18/2012)
The Cadillac of automatic feeders Review by Cichlidphile
The Cadillac of feeders, with the pluses and minuses that implies.
- Powerful enough to work with Tetra Cichlid Sticks which I broke in half (painstakingly, one at a time) to better fit the feeders corkscrew mechanism. This is the only feeder Ive owned that could handle sticks, a crucial consideration for me because I own large South American cichlids (e.g. full grown Severums) that aren't crazy about small flake foods.
- flexible: dual feed hoppers which can hold different food(s) and can be individually programmed to deliver 1 to 3 turns of the corkscrew, 1 to 3 times a day
- precise: the corkscrews provide the most consistent delivery method Ive seen in any automatic feeder
- long battery life: I installed the 4 included Duracell alkalines on or about May 10 2009 and decided to leave it running after my return specifically to test battery life. Its been running on both feed hoppers ever since and as of July 5 2009 the battery indicator still indicates "full".
- Requires familiarity with the instructions. Plan on spending at least half an hour figuring out the instructions, and at least another half an hour testing it with whatever food you are planning to use, so you can establish an appropriate feeding schedule for your fish. If you are unwilling to take the time, then its not for you.
- Every automatic feeder Ive owned tends to clog in the damp basement that is my fish room. Despite a sophisticated design that minimizes exposure to moisture this one still has a hard time with flake foods in this difficult environment, but the sticks worked fine.
- The only way Ive found to reprogram the unit is to wipe out the existing program and start over, I don't think you can modify an existing program. A minor annoyance, it isn't a big deal once you've run through the instructions a few times.
Note: Its a bulky unit, With a footprint of 4 inches long X 3 inches wide, nearly 5 inches high and with a feeding mechanism that adds about an inch to its length. This is both a plus and a minus. Its big enough to hold quite a bit of food, and its heavy enough to sit solidly on the top of the tank so you don't have to worry about it migrating out of place. Its also tall enough to minimize exposure of the feeding mechanism to tank water. (If this sounds contradictory to what I wrote above under Minuses, its not because I'm distinguishing between exposure to tank water vs. operating in a very humid environment.) The minus is that it takes up quite a bit of space on the top of the tank, so check the measurements before you buy. (I had no problem because I installed it on a 125 gallon tank with glass tops and separate strip lights, so all I had to do was move one of the strip lights.)
Summary: I took a chance on this feeder in the hope that it would keep my cichlids alive during a lengthy absence (over 3 weeks) and it came through with flying colors. Pricey but worth it, hence the 5 star rating. (Posted on 7/4/2009)