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Automatic Fish Feeder

Updated on January 23, 2016

Automatic fish feeders greatly simplify daily fish care

A fish feeder is probably the single most important item you need if you are planning to leave for a few days on holiday or business and leave your goldfish or other freshwater fish to fend for themselves.

Properly setting up a fish tank in order to create a healthy and fish-friendly ecosystem can be quite complicated, depending on the type of fish, the size of the tank, the existence of real aquatic plants and other factors, but from the moment you have managed to create such an environment, maintening and caring for it is a rather automated process. Apart from regularly cleaning your tank and adding whatever additives are necessary to keep it healthy, feeding your fish is the single most important daily task left. And although manually feeding your fish whenever possible is great fun and probably the most interactive activity you can share with these adorable water creatures, having an automatic fish feeder for whenever you are away will greatly simplify the process of taking care of your fish.

Have a look at the best rated automatic fish feeders available.

This is an excellent choice for all busy fish owners or anyone considering to leave their aquarium fish alone for more than a day or two. The EHEIM Everyday Feeder can last for up to 6 weeks, depending on the type of food and the amount dispensed at each feeding. You can easily see the amount of food remaining through the transparent drum. The food keeps dry thanks to a special airing fan included in the unit. Fits on most aquariums and come with a universal installation clamp to make set-up really easy.

EHEIM Everyday Fish Feeder Programmable Automatic Food Dispenser
EHEIM Everyday Fish Feeder Programmable Automatic Food Dispenser

The EHEIM Everyday Fish Feeder is an extremely reliable top rated automatic fish feeder which is also great for everyday use. It can be programmed to feeed your fish up to eight times per day and you can easily program the required portions thanks to an adjustable slider. The feeder drum holds 100 ml of fish food (flakes or pellets) and will last up to six weeks, depending on the frequency and amount of food dispensed. The Everyday Feeder fits on most aquariums and includes a universal installation clamp for easy set-up. The unit also features a manual release button, allowing you to feed your fish outside the pre-programmed feeding hours. Food is kept dry and fresh thanks to an integrated fan which operates at every feeding. The fish feeder operates on 2 AA batteries and features a two stage low battery indicator. The Everyday Fish Feeder has a 3-year guarantee from EHEIM.


It is advisable to start using your automatic fish feeder about a week before you leave your fish alone. This way, you will be able to monitor its operation, make sure it works as it should and also get to know where you should position the slider so that it dispenses the correct amount of food for your fish

It is important not to overfeed aquarium fish. They can last many days with little or no food but overfeeding them is bad for their health and it also causes ammonia and nitrate levels to rise in the tank because of rotting food particles.

If you are relatively new at fishkeeping and would like some guidance to set up a coldwater fish tank, please visit my Gold Fish Tank Set Up Guide


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