Vacation feeder

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  1. Paul B

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    If you travel a lot it is a pain to explain to someone how to feed your tank so I always use this. It is just a small powerhead with a film container stuck to the outflow. The film container has some 1/4" holes in it and it is positioned in the water on the edge of the tank with the top of the container out of the water. Adjust it so that the water just comes out of the 6 or 7 holes and not over the top.
    I just keep this contraption running on the front edge of the tank and I have pre mixed frozen food in the freezer. The person feeding the tank just drops in a cube of frozen food that I also have in film containers. It thaws in the film container on the powerhead and gets dispersed throughout the tank.
    No guessing.
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    Nice idea Paul. Thank you for showing us
     
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    Your welcome, I have to go away for a few days and while I had it out, I took a picture.
     
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    Awesome contraption ... Thanx for sharing ... Just a quick one though ... Theres alot of controversy regarding thawing frozen food out and draining the juices away then feeding the solid remains ... All this in an effort to keep phosphates to a minimum and fueling algae ... Whats your experience on this since using your gizzmo gadget .....
     
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    Nice idea!! :) I have been playing around with an idea for DIY flake feeder for a while now, but it would work of an analogue clock instead..
     
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    You should rinse frozen food before feeding but this is just for vacations so it is not that big of a thing.
    If I were to use this normally every day, which I don't, I would thaw and rinse the food, but then of course I would not have to use the thing.
    You could thaw, rinse and re freeze the food but for a week of feeding, I don't think it is necessary.
     
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    Thought as much that coz its just for holiday shouldn't be too much trouble just trying to look at an everyday feeding regime .... would be great to have something like this feeding thee tank on a regular basis ... Was looking at a smaller version of those machines that make slush puppies ... Still playing around with idea though .....
     
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    Great idea, thanx for sharing.
     
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    cool idea mate :)
     
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