Fish Mate F14 Aquarium Fish Feeder

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The Fish Mate F14 Aquarium Fish Feeder product was reviewed by 18 real buyers. Customer feedback on the product is 4 out of 5 points.

No More Hand Feeding And Vacations Are Back On Track
5/ 5stars

The timed feeding cycle makes automatic feeding while on vacation a breeze. Since it feeds fourteen meals, I set up two feeders for each of my Betta tanks. This allows an AM feed with one unit and a PM feed for the second unit. Thats two weeks of feedings. Perfect!I did have to make a plastic shelf to mount the feeders, but that was half the fun.The feed drop zone is a great size but the feeder stops short of the edge of the zone. Betta food pellets end up waiting on the edge and never get pushed over. At least not until the next days feeding cycle. So to solve this problem, I beveled the drop zones right edge so the pellets would fall down a ramp when the feeder stopped short of the edge. Works great now. Perhaps the manufacturer can change the design to compensate for this problem.I use a timer to turn off the bubble pump to train the fish to anticipate the feed time am and pm. Now like Pavlovs dogs, the Bettas each wait near the drop zone twice a day for their meals. After two weeks, everything is working perfectly, and the fish never miss a meal.My wife thinks Im a genius and she no longer has to hand feed the fish. Read more

May 03, 2020
One of the few options for Bettas
4/ 5stars

I needed a feeder for a single Betta fish and this was one of the very few options available. The others all seem to scoop a quantity of food while a Betta only eats 1 or 2 granules per day. A scoop would not work for my needs. It has 14 individual compartments that each needed to be loaded with the quantity of food desired. It can feed 1 to 4 times a day. Its takes a little time to put a granule or 2 in each compartment but thats up to 14 days of feeding so its a small inconvenience. There was a small problem however. As the plastic dial goes around (like a clock) each compartment with food passes over a hole and the food is dropped through the hole and into the water. The problem is that the hole and the compartments are exactly the same size, yet they don't exactly line up. There is a small ledge at the front of the hole that remains. Its no more than 1/32 of an inch however the 2 granules are just small enough to sit on the ledge without falling. Eventually (at the next feeding) the food does drop where the wheel moves again but this potentially leaves Bob (the Betta) without food for a day. I had to take a small, metal file and make the hole a little bigger on the front end so that this ledge would no longer exist. This is definitely something that could be improved on in the design. Its is a shame that there are very few feeders designed for Betta quantities of food. Read more

May 03, 2020
Works great for dispensing small quantities of food such as catfish pellets, but they're definitely not perfect.
3/ 5stars

I have two of these for my tanks. They work great for dispensing small quantities of foods such as catfish pellets, but they're definitely not perfect.The circular ring you see in the product picture is divided into sections around its circumference that corral the food. Each time that outer ring ro tates one of the sections passes over a hole at the front of the unit, and this permits the food to drop through to your tank. There is a 24hr timer in the center that continuously turns (one revolution per day). Pegs attached to the timer are what cause the outer ring to rotate -- you get 4 pegs, so you can have up to 4 feedings per day if you use them all. It takes about an hour for one of the sections to fully pass over the top of the feeding hole, so the food tends to fall out a little bit at a time over the course of that hour.The sections are not very large and you won't have room for much food in each. Pellets, granules and wafers work well. I usually break pleco wafers in half to make sure they fit with room to spare the food dispensing hole is not very big and you don't want the wafers to get stuck or it may prevent further feedings.Flake foods do not work well in this feeder the flakes tend to settle flat against the surface of the feeder and then slide under the sides of the ring. I do sometimes put flakes on top of the granules, because that tends to stop them gumming up the works, but generally I avoid flakes entirely because its not worth the hassle in this feeder (I use a separate drum feeder for flakes).The thing that causes me the most trouble is that the outer ring is not affixed to the body of the unit except for gravity and a tiny raised plastic guide rail. It is thus very easy to nudge or bump the ring out of position when moving the unit. If the ring does get out of position while it has food in it, then some food is likely to get under the edge of the ring and stop it from lying flush in the correct position. At this point you have to completely empty the feeder, re-seat the ring, and then refill it this can be very frustrating when it happens. I wish they had incorporated a mechanism to hold the outer ring in position a little better.The mounting bracket that it comes with didn't really work for my use-case because the food would have ended up being dispensed on to my glass cover instead of into the water! I perch the feeder on top of my filter instead (this keeps it high enough from the water to avoid getting splashed or damp, and lets the water flow from the filter disperse any food that falls in. I did once drop an entire feeder into my tank because it tipped forward and just slid right in ... After this incident I siliconed some lead weights to the inside/back of the feeder to counter-balance it. On the plus side, after I took it out of the water, removed the battery, shook it out and then left it in a sealed container with some uncooked rice and a few tablespoons of Damp Aid, it dried out and is still working for me to this day. Read more

May 03, 2020
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/ 5stars

I needed an autofeeder because I was going to be gone for close to two weeks. I bought this particular feeder because it gave me the ability to feed different types of foods to my fish while I was gone, rather than one big drum of flakes. It also gave me the ability to occasionally drop a shrimp pel let or algae wafer in the tank for my cleanup crew.Some patience is required when putting food in this feeder. The sections are small, so it's easy to get food into another compartment or elsewhere on/around the feeder.I used the air tube attachment to make sure no moisture got in the feeder, which seemed to work well. Granted, I don't know if the food would have been just as dry if I didn't hook the air pump up to it, but decided not to take a chance.I couldn't find a good way to use the bracket that came with the feeder with my setup, which included a glass aquarium top. I have two female bettas in my tank (it's the males that will fight to the death), so I was reluctant to completely remove the glass top while I was gone. I also didn't want excessive evaporation of my tank water over a two week period. I was able to put my feeder on top of my light (Marineland LED) and remove a plastic filler part of my hood so the food could drop in the tank.Overall, this product worked very well in my absence. Read more

May 03, 2020
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Perfect for BETA fish or pellet food
/ 5stars

I spent over a week mulling over which feeder to buy. Most of them out there don't deal with pellet food well at all based on the reviews. This feeder came with some caveats based on the reviews too. But knowing what I got into made everything easy and I have to admit that this was the best purchase for my BETA fish (2 beta fish in 2 separate tanks with 2 of these feeders). The caveat that made me worry was that each compartment, when rotating, had a small ridge where all the food didn't go in, or in the case of 1 BETA fish and only 3 pellets, none of it would go in. HOWEVER, it consistently rotates to this same spot (and this was not mentioned). Therefore, when I set up the feeder, I already prepared for the fact that the feeder would essentially miss the first meal. I, therefore, fed them manually when it was first set up. After that first time, both my tanks with only 1 fish in each tank, have been operating automatically flawlessly! The easy of access to fill the individual feeding compartments was a BONUS that I didn't expect nor read about. When there is only 3 compartments left (out of the 14) with food, I go in and easily drop 3-4 pellets in the empty ones, so there is no interruption. I plan on going away for 2 weeks and I will set it to rotate just once a day with 8 pellets in each compartment in that scenario. I expect things will run smoothly.I full endorse this product for BETA fish with pellet food since it worked well with me. Read more

May 03, 2020
Didn't work well with my betta pellets
2/ 5stars

I got this because it had such great reviews and seemed easy to use. I got it right before we left on a trip, so I didn't have much time to test it, but I really don't like it at all. Here's why.It's a lot larger than I expected. Maybe that's my fault for not looking at the measurements, but it's qu ite large. It would work well with a large aquarium and probably just sit right on the hood, but not with my wall-mounted 1-gallon fish bowl for my betta. It was too big for my fishbowl (not the product's fault), but I was able to hold it in place nicely with Command strips. I assume most who get this will have a larger container for their fish, so this will likely not be a problem for them.I also didn't know which way it turned. We were only going to be gone for a few days, but it was hard to tell which way the feeder went, so I just filled it up completely so it didn't matter which way it went. Not a huge problem, but slightly annoying. Again, this may not affect most users, but it was frustrating for me.It didn't effectively dispense my fish food. Here's where I had the problem. We feed basic betta pellets, so they should have no problem working in this device. However, the first time I filled it - completely, I filled every open slot - the pellets slid underneath the separator device and spilled everywhere. You'd think they'd be plenty big to not get missed, so I can only imagine the problem I'd have had with flake food. I dumped the pellets out, reset the dispenser device and replaced the pellets in it.We went on vacation, the betta remained alive, but when we got back, it was clear most of the pellets never went into his fishbowl or even left the device. We didn't use the air hose option like others mentioned, but I didn't see where that could even be hooked up. We have an air hose and I got splitters and extra hose to set this up, but it wasn't apparent how to even do this. Maybe that was a feature on an older device or maybe I just couldn't figure it out, although I am quite handy otherwise and have experience with aquariums and equipment.I think I'm past the return window for this device, so I guess it's mine forever, but I just don't think it works well and I don't recommend it. I've used the drum-style feeders in the past and will likely return to that for future fish-feeding needs. Some of my complaints won't affect others, but the fact that it didn't even dispense pellets was concerning for me. If you use flake food, this may not work at all for you. Just some things to be aware of if you're considering this product. Read more

May 03, 2020
did the job well
/ 5stars

I needed an autofeeder because I was going to be gone for close to two weeks. I bought this particular feeder because it gave me the ability to feed different types of foods to my fish while I was gone, rather than one big drum of flakes. It also gave me the ability to occasionally drop a shrimp pel let or algae wafer in the tank for my cleanup crew.Some patience is required when putting food in this feeder. The sections are small, so it's easy to get food into another compartment or elsewhere on/around the feeder.I used the air tube attachment to make sure no moisture got in the feeder, which seemed to work well. Granted, I don't know if the food would have been just as dry if I didn't hook the air pump up to it, but decided not to take a chance.I couldn't find a good way to use the bracket that came with the feeder with my setup, which included a glass aquarium top. I have two female bettas in my tank (it's the males that will fight to the death), so I was reluctant to completely remove the glass top while I was gone. I also didn't want excessive evaporation of my tank water over a two week period. I was able to put my feeder on top of my light (Marineland LED) and remove a plastic filler part of my hood so the food could drop in the tank.Overall, this product worked very well in my absence. Read more

May 03, 2020
Exactly what I needed!
5/ 5stars

I know alot of people don't trust auto-feeders, and for the most part they're right. However, the Fishmate F14 is a different type of feeder.It seems most of the negative reviews revolve around condensation getting their food soggy and preventing the unit from rotating. You know what nearly all of t hose reviews have in common They're not hooking an air pump up to the air line attachment (more on that later in the review)! When I first got my unit, I did not use it either and had an issue with moisture after a few days. So I hooked up an air pump and, voila, problem solved! It's there for a reason, use it.Another thing worth mentioning, do NOT put anything on top of the feeder. It seems that any weight on the top cover has a very good chance of catching the rotating wheel and causing it to hang up.This feeder is absolutely fantastic, it's head and shoulders above the drum style feeders. As you can see, it's fundamentally different. The feeder has a rotating wheel with 15 compartments in it. At the front of the feeder, there is a hole the size of one of the compartments so that when the food is rotated over it, the food falls into the tank.The main benefit of this style of feeder is that you can put premeasured amounts of food in the unit, as well as different types of food. I need to feed 3 times of food to my community tank (flakes, algae wafers, shrimp pellets) and this feeder allows me to do this. That wouldn't be possible with the drum style feeders. And since each portion is premeasured, there's no worry of the feeder dumping too much or not enough food into the tank.The middle is like an automatic timer for lights, it does one complete rotation in 24 hours. You put the little reg pegs at the time you wish to feed, and when the time arrives, the mechanism rotates the food wheel one space. Instead of dumping the food all at once, it is slowly dispersed over the course of an hour and a half (the wheel slowly rotates every 15 minutes or so for the feeding). I like this, it gives the fish a better opportunity to eat all the food imo.You have the option of feeding anywhere from 1 to 4 times a day, meaning the feeder can feed your fish from anywhere from 3.5 days to 14 days depending on how many times a day you have it set to feed the fish. You only have slots for the red pegs every 3 hours, so your feeding times would could be midnight, 3am, 6am, 9am, noon, 3pm, 6pm, or 9pm. This isn't an issue to me, but something worth noting. If you really want a specific time, you could offset the time of day on the feeder to correspond with your desired feeding times.There is also an air inlet on the bottom of the feeder you can hook an air pump up to. This is to help reduce moisture from entering the unit and getting your food soggy. The air flowing in the unit creates positive pressure and actually helps quite a bit. I use the air pump attachment and have had no issues with food getting wet. My feeder is just inches above the water line, and there is a decent amount of surface agitation from my air stone in the tank.Overall, I'm very pleased with this unit. I've even ordered a second one to feed my shrimp tank. With my job, I'm often away from home a week at a time, so a reliable feeder is of utmost importance to me. I've been using the Fishmate F14 for nearly 4 months now and have not had any issues.The unit is powered by one AA battery. The feeding compartments are small, and it can be difficult to get the food in the compartments when loading it. What I've found works best is to put your food on a piece of paper, and fold the paper once to create a type of chute so you can pinpoint where you want the food to go. Since doing that, I've had no issues getting the food exactly where I want it.Wow, that's quite a sales pitch, isn't it! I just want to make sure others know about this feeder since it appears to be the only feeder of this style. There is a similar style feeder, the Grsslin Rondomatic 400, but I can't find any place in the US that carries it, and it's more then twice the price of the Fishmate.So if you're looking for a feeder for your fish, look no further! Read more

May 03, 2020
Far from perfect, but arguably the best design on the market, for smaller tanks.
4/ 5stars

I was going on a 2 week vacation, so some sort of auto-feeder was essential. The problem is, which one The reviews are nearly universally bad, for all of them out there. Drilling into the detailed review shows clogged feeders, feeders dumping too much food, broken mechanisms... EVERY design seems to have some sort of major issue. But the biggest issues seem to lie with RELIABLY feeding a precise amount of flake food, especially if you only need a SMALL amount (for a small tank). With a any tank, no food is obviously bad. But with a small tank, too much food can be just as bad. Two weeks unattended, dumping too much food, can destroy your tank water quality far worse than going two weeks without food will. (In fact, most fish CAN go two weeks without feeding, although there are exceptions, so do your research!)This design has great promise. Each compartment is individually loaded, in advance, with the EXACT amount of food you want to be delivered per feeding. There are 15 compartments, but one is over the opening at any given time, you have up to 14 feedings. That's 14 days of food, if you only feed once per day. Less, obviously, the more times you feed per day. (7 days worth for 2x per day, etc.) No danger of overfeeding. Any mechanism can risk getting jammed, of course, but this unit does not seem any more prone to it than over auto-feeders on the market, and arguably less likely.As far as imperfections, well, there are many.1) It's bigger than you would expect, although that makes sense once you see how it works, and of course you can't really make a ring like this any smaller without making the compartments too small to be useable. As it is:2) The compartments are small enough that it's a little fiddly to get them loaded, but that's down to individual dexterity. (How big do you want this thing to be, after all See point 1!) Another review suggested using a simple piece of paper while loading it, to help funnel the food into the compartment, which is a great idea.3) The timer mechanism is confusing and a bit bizarre. Using the tiny red pegs to indicate feeding time is weird, and it's disturbingly easy to accidentally knock a peg out of place, which prevents things from working correctly. It works, but it's definitely a bit odd. Ergonomics could definitely be improved, although once you get it, it does work well enough.4) I've read complaints about the mounting methods provided, but anyone with a reasonable amount of ingenuity should be able to work with that they have, or jury rig an alternative. Mine sits perfectly on top of my tank light, and just dumps food to the water below.5) I've read complaints about moisture causing sticking, and while it didn't happen to me (in a problematic sense, at least), I didn't bother connecting an air pump as recommended in the manual, either. Based on reports, that goes a long way to helping reduce moisture within the feeder. I think the people complaining of the issue didn't bother, either, which I consider a user error. Only a few feeder models offer this option, and it's a great idea, so I'm glad this one gives the option.So clearly there are issues, but, IMO, they are all manageable issues, or user issues that aren't really the fault of the unit. And many of the issues would apply to other feeders as well, so pick your poison! For me, the fear of dumping too much food and causing a large nitrate spike was far worse than other concerns, so the ability to pre-measure each meal was key. The competing drum-style designs are simply asking for trouble, IMO. For really large tanks, with tons of fish, where larger portions are being measured out, it's less of an issue, but it's really hard to accurately measure small amounts of flake food with in person with functioning fingers! So it's hardly surprising that cheap drum mechanisms struggle with it.After my vacation, I came back to a nearly empty feeder. Just a few stray flakes here and there that were stuck under the wheel, but not enough to cause a problem. The rest of the food was all properly emptied, on schedule. I did have a friend stop by the house once, during my trip, just to make sure things seemed shipshape, and they were. I also tested the feeder for the two weeks leading up to my vacation to be sure of the operation, and I'm glad I did. Overall, however, I'm pleased to report that it worked splendidly. Next time I'll hook up the air pump to help keep the flake from sticking (even though it wasn't a problem), but I'm going to be a LOT more confident next time I go on vacation. (I'll still test it to be sure, about a month before I go, so I can address any problems with time to correct them if needed.) Read more

May 03, 2020
Nice product, works well but great with a small tweak to prevent moisture buildup
4/ 5stars

Nice product, works well. I have two of these I am using on Eheim Aquastyle 9 Gallon nano tanks. The Eheim has a glass cover with about a 1 inch hole drilled. With this product positioned over the hole and the lid closed, condensation will build up under the lid. I did not like the air line option b ecause the air line has to enter directly under the feeder and exit the back -- kinking the air line (an air fitting directly on the back would have been much better). Another option is to just remove the lid -- but this leaves the food tray totally open and much easier to bump or dislodge. The good news is that there is a really simple fix for the problem -- I drilled a hole in the lid directly over the compartment where the food drops into the tank -- this allows the moister to go directly up into the air and not collect under the lid. I will also note that I use pellet food and some wafers -- I have not tried the feeder with flake. I also added some small rubber feet under the feeder to lift it above the glass top a little bit since the built-in feet are almost flush. In my opinion the manufacturer should just mold a hole in the lid and get rid of the airline option. Read more

May 03, 2020
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