maintenance, care, compatibility
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.
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.
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 trough to choose? Or maybe it makes sense to try to do it yourself?
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.
A variety of automatic fish feeders in the aquarium
How to choose an automatic feeder for aquarium fish?
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, using it is extremely simple. 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.
Catering aquarium fish – this is one of the key points of the contents of the aquarium. To simplify this procedure, an aquarium feeder was developed. It is necessary for the owner of the fish for several reasons.
But the most important reason is that the aquarium trough does not allow the food to spread on the surface of the water, while the food does not fall to the bottom of the tank, and does not rot in the corners. At first, a home-made aquarium feeder may be suitable, but in the future it is better to replace it. The material for the homemade trough is plastic, foam.
Although the latter material, many fish owners do not like very much due to the fact that it is quickly contaminated, and it is not possible to clean it.
The most successful alternative to the self-made aquarium feeder is the automatic one.
Distinguish between floating and bottom feeders, you can make them with your own hands or simply buy in a specialized store.
It is possible that the self-made feeding trough is cheaper, but it must be done correctly: so that the food does not spread to the entire aquarium or sink to the bottom, thus polluting the aquarium.
The surface aquarium trough is more profitable in this respect, it is simply attached with a sucker to the wall of the aquarium, but its disadvantage is that it is necessary to control the water level. Otherwise, the feeder bends, and the feed spreads on the surface of the water.
To prevent this from happening, it is better to attach the feeder to a moving element, for example, to an aquarium thermometer.
But sooner or later, all owners of aquariums switch to automatic feeders for fish. After all, the owners of such feed machines receive relative freedom: you can go out of town for a weekend, a business trip or a vacation. And while your pets will not starve.
Thus, the automatic feeder has several advantages.
How good is the automatic aquarium feeder? First of all, the fact that you can set on the timer the number of feedings per day, lay the feed in it and forget about everything.
The first feed feed occurs as soon as you start the automatic feeder, the rest after a certain time has passed.
The lack of automatic feeders for the aquarium can be considered only that they load only one type of food, which means that the feeding will be monotonous. Yes, and during your absence, it can fail.