Which Automatic Vacation Fish Feeders do You Need While on Holiday?

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Aquarists have been known to develop special bond with their aquatic friends and keeping them well fed and happy is high on the priority list. When vacation time rolls by, the need for rest and a change of scenery can clash with this priority, but you can’t take your guppies on vacation with you.

How should you care for your fish when you go on vacation?

This is where an automatic fish feeder can help you provide for these bathing beauties while you are away. These specially designed automatonic friends will measure out the precise portions and administer the pellets or flakes to your fishes as needed.

Some are simple battery operated, timer-activated options that can be good for a few days to a week out of town. Others are state-of-the-art electronic devices capable of monitoring water temperatures and many other functions. These can also be left for weeks on end to care for your tank and keep your fish hale and hearty until your return.

The following list will include some of the finest aquarium fish feeders for your vacation.  They are suitable for most type of fishes including your betta fishes, goldfishes, etc. You can select the best one for your purpose by matching your needs to the spec listed below.

AquaChef Automatic Fish Feeder

The AquaChef is a small but precise option that is capable of dispensing flakes, pellets, dried krill and even crumbled fish food to your aquarium in neat adjustable portion set by you. It can hold up to 35 grams of dry fish food and each portion can be released in a single or two-part course (within 60 seconds of each other). This unit is powered by a pair of AA batteries and this allows it to feed the fish even when the power is down.

Eheim 3581 “Feed-Air” Digital Automatic Feeder

This superior option has a good set of functions available and an easy to read LCD interface to be sure your settings are correct. There’s even an anti-moisture system to protect against blockages. There are some very specific timing and portion control features. User-friendly, dependable and advanced this is a dependable battery-operated option for the modern fish lover – definitely a great vacation feeder for your fish.

Eheim Twin Automatic Fish Feeder

For tanks with a wide variety of bottom-feeders, middle feeders and surface feeders a duo-system like the Eheim Twin Automatic Fish Feeder is just the thing. This unit can be loaded with floating flakes in one side and sinking pellets in the other. This ensures that everyone gets enough to eat. The Eheim is also programmable and each serving of food can be set to a different feeding schedule. This unit employs the power of 4 AA batteries. If you will be out on an extended engagement, this would be the option to get.

Hydor Automatic Fish Feeder

While it is not the most sophisticated option out there, the Hydor Automatic will do the job. Simple to operate and totally forgettable, the Hydor can be set for a twice-day or thrice-day feeding cycle. It is powered by 2 AA batteries and also includes a moisture control system to keep the food flowing easily.

Fish Mate F14 Automatic Feeder

For trips up to a two-weeks long, the Fishmate is ideal. It can be programmed for on – to four meals in a day. This impressive unit can also be programmed to slow release medications in to the water, over two full hours of slow-release if needed. Then you can fill the storage containers with pellets, slow sinking cubes, flakes and more. An air pump feed keeps the moisture out of the unit. For special needs tanks and two weeks vacations, this is the ideal option for you.

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