|Length:||5.51″ (140 mm)|
|Food Capacity:||3.38 fl oz (100 ml)|
|Power:||2 x AA Batteries|
Automatic fish feeders are a handy tool that allow you to feed your fish while you are away from home.
Whether you are taking a vacation or just at work for the day, this handy little device can feed your fish without you being there.
There is no better automatic fish feeder than the Eheim Everyday Fish Feeder!
And, we should know because we tested all the popular automatic fish feeders on the market.
Want to know how the Eheim Everyday Fish Feeder stacks up against the competition? Check out our Best Automatic Fish Feeder guide. Spoiler… It beat them all!
What makes the Eheim feeder so great? Let’s find out together…
On with the review!
Like most automatic fish feeders on the market, Eheim uses a rotating container. When the pre-programmed feeding time rolls around, the drum rotates, and when it does, fish food is dispensed into your aquarium – all without any effort from you!
This rotating design is common to all the automatic fish feeders we reviewed, although Eheim’s design is the most reliable.
And when paired with a fish feeding ring, you have the perfect setup for feeding your fish while you are away from home…
The automatic fish feeder dispenses the food into your aquarium, and the feeding ring stops the food from floating around your tank.
There is nothing complicated about this fish feeder, and it separates for easy cleaning. Simply wipe it down with a damp cloth.
The container simply pulls off the unit and can be refilled in seconds…
The container holds a generous portion of fish food (3.38 fl oz/100 ml), which is more than enough to keep our fish fed for weeks at a time.
And at the end of the container, you have a sliding opening that you can adjust according to how much fish food you want to dispense at a time.
The opening controls the food dispensed. The wider the opening, the more food that will be dispensed in the fish tank during each rotation – simple enough, right?
Just decide how much food your fish need and open it accordingly.
It takes some testing to determine how wide you need to make the opening of the dispenser. Adjust it until just a bit less is dispensed than you would normally feed your fish by hand.
Once you find the perfect setting, put a piece of tape over the slider. This will stop you from accidently moving it, especially when you refill it. And as you will soon see, this piece of tape has another use…
We tested the Eheim Automatic Fish Feeder with a variety of different fish foods. Here are the results:
|Large Flakes||Need to be crushed smaller|
|Micro Pellets||Opening may need to be taped|
|Algae Wafers||Small to medium only|
|Freeze-Dried Live Foods||Yes|
Not bad, huh? The Eheim feeder is capable of handling almost every kind of fish food you can throw at it.
Larger-sized dried foods caused problems.
Big wafers, the type that you feed your pleco, were a no-go. These became stuck in the opening of the food container, blocking any food from coming out.
Same problem with larger flakes… However, these can easily be crushed to a smaller size.
Now, if you feed your fish micro pellets, such as betta food, you might find that the lowest setting on the dispenser is still too large. Fortunately, a minor modification is all that is needed to solve this problem – and it takes just seconds…
And, all you need is a piece of tape.
By adjusting the position of the tape, you can make the smallest opening even smaller. On this tank, we halved the opening, allowing it to dispense the perfect amount of betta food for the fish.
Install the feeder any way you want!
You can install it in two different ways – hood or no hood, Eheim has you covered…
1. Standing on its feet
Thanks to carefully placed weights in the battery cover, the Eheim fish feeder can stand on its own, no matter how full the food container is.
Simply position the container over the opening and leave the fish feeder to work its magic.
Included in the box is a small square of adhesive Velcro that you can use to stop the fish feeder from moving around your hood.
No hood? Don’t worry!
Eheim has your back…
2. Clamped to the side of your aquarium
Also included in the box is a clamp that you can attach directly to the base of the Everyday Fish Feeder…
Simply hang the fish feeder over the glass edge of your aquarium, screw the clamp closed and you are good to go!
The clamp is sturdy enough to prevent you from accidentally bumping the fish feeder into your aquarium during water changes.
Just be mindful that adding the clamp changes the overall dimensions as you see in the diagram below…
Note: The above measurements do not include the glass thickness, which accounts for 3/16″ (5 mm).
If you use the clamp, mount the Eheim feeder away from any surface agitation that could cause water to splash into the container.
It has a built-in ventilation fan
At the rear of the unit, you will see a small red piece that almost looks like the wheel of a pirate’s ship…
This is actually the ventilation fan.
Why does a fish food feeder need a fan?
To prevent moisture from building up inside the food container. If you’ve ever kept an open container in a humid environment, you will know all too well that fish food can become moist and clump together.
Well, the idea behind the ventilation fan is to prevent this very situation from occurring.
If you look at the diagram below, you see how the fan draws air in through the rear, causing it to flow through the control unit and over the food…
I’m gonna level with you guys…
There are a lot of great reasons to love Eheim’s Everyday Fish Feeder, but this isn’t one of them.
You see, the fan only operates when the food container is turning, as it drops food into your aquarium. This entire process lasts less than 10 seconds.
While we understand this is done so that the fan doesn’t drain the battery, we did not see any noticeable difference to the moisture content of the fish food, especially when compared to other brands of automatic fish feeders that didn’t have a fan.
To us at least, this feature felt more like a gimmick than a practical solution to moisture problems. The Eheim Automatic Fish Feeder would be just as great without the ventilation fan.
Feed your fish how you want, when you want
At the top of the unit, you have the programmable control panel…
This is the brains behind the device, which tells the auto-feeder when to drop the fish food and how often.
You can program the Eheim Everyday feeder to dispense food up to four times a day. And each time, you can make the container spin once or twice, depending on how much food you want to dispense.
Oh, and you can bypass the timer altogether if you want. See the Eheim logo just above the display screen?
Well, that’s actually a button. And pressing it causes the container to spin once – allowing you to feed your fish outside the programmed food dispensing times.
Another helpful feature is the built-in memory. If you need to swap out the batteries, the controller remembers your timer settings for 10 seconds. It doesn’t seem like long, but this is more than enough time to swap the batteries out and replace the cover.
It’s thanks to this handy memory feature that you don’t have to reprogram the fish feeder every time you remove the batteries.
Speaking of batteries, we appreciate the fact that this device is battery-operated. It means that it can be positioned wherever without cords getting in the way. Not to mention that it’s one less thing to plug into an already overcrowded power strip.
Rechargeable batteries like these are your best friend… You will always have a fresh pair on hand.
What’s interesting is that Eheim has not changed the design of their automatic fish feeders in years. One of our testers bought his first Eheim fish feeder waaaaaay back in 2014. Four years later, it’s still going strong!
To quote his opinion…
“Eheim had the best automatic fish feeder on the market back then, and it’s the best automatic fish feeder right now.”
Eheim has taken an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, and that’s good! Even after all this time, nothing else compares.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 starfish. Highly recommended.
Do you use the Eheim Everyday Fish Feeder in your aquarium? Let me know in the comments below!
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