Save Time and Money With Automatic Fish Feeders

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Automatic fish feeders aren't just for when you are on vacation. Many aquarists have found that they are a convenient way to feed a metered amount of food several times per day which is better for the fish and doesn't waste food.

From simple battery operated, to state-of-the-art electronic devices, automatic aquarium fish feeders come in an array of styles. While some are moisture controlled units designed to prevent flake, pellet, and other dried foods from clumping, others not only have the capability of releasing a variety of different fares but at specific times and intervals. From small to large capacity feeders with single to multi-purpose functions, here are the feeders your Guides consider to be the best choices.

To help you choose the right Automatic Fish Feeder for your purposes, read Before You Buy an Automatic Fish Feeder.

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    AquaChef Automatic Fish Feeder

    The AquaChef (by ​the Current USA) is a moisture-resistant, no-clump automatic feeder which dispenses flakes, pellets, or crumbled fish food. You set the portion size and feeding times, up to four per day, on the programmable timer. This feeder dispenses single or double feeding (within 60 seconds of first feeding) and holds up to 35 grams of food. Powered by two AA batteries (included), it continues feedings even during power outages.

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    Eheim 3581 "Feed-Air" Digital Automatic Feeder

    The Eheim 3581 "Feed-Air" Digital is a battery operated automatic feeder with every possible feature you could think of. Programming the feeder is easy, with enough timing features to satisfy almost anyone. The large, easily read LCD display/clock also shows the programmed feeding times. The integrated moisture control system keeps the flake food fresh a clog-free.

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    Eheim Twin Automatic Fish Feeder

     The Eheim programmable feeder features twin food chambers which can hold different types of fish foods including flakes, granules, sticks, or pellets. Accommodate various feeding levels (surface, mid-water, and bottom) by using sinking pellets, floating fish food, or slow-sinking granules. The two 160 ml capacity chambers can be controlled independently for custom feedings intervals. Uses 4 AA batteries.

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    Hydor Automatic Fish Feeder

     Originally called the "Ekimixo Automatic Feeder", this is a simple to operate auto fish feeder. Powered by 2 AA batteries, it can be set to feed up to 3 times per day. For twice a day feeding, the feedings will be eight hours apart, for three times a day feedings they will be 6 hours apart. Easy air hose input to keep moisture out.

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    Fish Mate F14 Automatic Feeder

    The easy-to-use 24-hour timer provides 1-4 meals a day for up to 14 days and allows adjustable feed quantity and timing. Slow-dispense action dispenses flake, pellet, freeze-dried or tablet foods as well as medications over a gradual 2 hour period. Hooking an air pump to the feeder controls moisture keeping the food fresh and clump free.

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    Lifegard Aquatics IntelliFeed Automatic Fish Feeder

     The Intelli-Feed automatic fish feeder by Lifegard features a feeding drum which automatically moves forward, rotates to dispense the desired amount of food (crisps, pellet or flake food) and then returns to its sealed position, keeping moisture from spoiling the food. The feeder comes preset for 2 feedings per day (8 AM and 6 PM), with possible settings of up to 12 feedings a day. The easy-to-program digital keyboard with LCD display features a manual feeding option so you can feed your fish at any time.

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    Nutrafin ProFeed Automatic Feeder

    This fish feeder can be quickly programmed to automatically dispense up to two precise portions a day or can be overridden for manual operation. Handles almost any type of flake, pellet, or freeze-dried food and prevents clogging due to aquarium moisture. 14-gram capacity. Operates up to a year on just two AA batteries (not included).

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    NutraMatic 2X Automatic Feeder

     Easy setup, battery-operated fish feeder. Simply adjust the setting to the amount you want to feed and it will automatically dispense either flakes or pellets every 12 hours. No timers to set! Battery operation makes it easy to place anywhere without having to plug it in. The unit can either be free-standing or mounted on aquarium rim with bracket included. Uses 2 AA batteries, not included.