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The Plank Automatic Feeder
The Plank Automatic Feeder
The Plank Automatic Feeder
The Plank Automatic Feeder

The Plank Automatic Feeder

136 reviews
$ 209.00

**See below for new version 3.5 details. Now shipping!**

Dosing System for Plankton

The Plank automatic feeder represents years of our efforts to find and build a device that both serves the needs of our most delicate and selective aquarium inhabitants as well as our ability to realistically attend to their well-being.  Many reef fish and most corals have evolved to continuously eat small prey items out of the water column.  However, as aquarists, it is usually not feasible for us to administer a continuous, low-density supply of small, nutritious food items in our rapidly and heavily filtered reef aquaria.  This would mean adding small doses of thawed plankton by hand, dozens of times per day; those of us with jobs and a life know this isn’t practical.

Automate frequent, small feedings as often as you’d like

Precise feeding amounts

The Plank is specifically designed to allow this type of frequent micro-feeding technique.  We’ve found over years of testing that freeze dried plankton, from tiny rotifers and calanoid copepods to larger mysis and Euphasia sp. shrimp, serve as an excellent alternative to live and frozen food options.  Freeze-dried food is nutritionally complete, often even better than many frozen preparations.  However, it has often been difficult to administer to the typical reef aquarium due to its tendency to float for a long time after being added to water.  Even with a simple floating feeding ring, freeze dried food particles usually find their way to the surface and into an overflow box, only to be filtered out before being consumed.  Our system solves this problem by incorporating a powered mixing chamber that forces most of the food particles to become neutrally buoyant before being allowed to escape.  This results in a nearly continuous supply of freshly hydrated plankton in the water column. 

Consistent

Many small high-energy reef fish such as anthias and wrasses, along with juveniles of basically every species, have low capacity, rapid digestive systems.  Once or twice per day blasts of even the highest quality frozen food often isn’t enough for them.  If the answer is continuous availability, the question becomes, how do we achieve this without sacrificing water quality by adding too much food?  In our years of searching, the automatic feeding devices out there didn’t have suitable control of either the frequency or amount of food dispensed, or both.  The common design we have all seen is the tumbling drum that dumps a pile of food into the water out of a flimsy sliding gate that always seems to move itself if you even breathe on it.  Some only offer a few feeding times per day, and if the batteries run out, you have to remember how to reprogram it with the awkward buttons.  Yes, we have a shelf full of these devices collecting dust.

 

Safe and Reliable

Slow dosing mechanism prevents accidentally adding large quantities of food

Silent, long lasting AC motor

New for version 3.5! Sicce Syncra Nano mixing pump.  Quieter and more reliable with 3 year warranty from Sicce USA.  Existing Plank customers: upgrade here!

Easy to service design

The Plank uses a precise auger driven mechanism that is capable of dosing micrograms of freeze dried plankton at a time.  Rather than complicate our device with yet another hard to remember programming interface, we opted to offload this to well known control systems like your chosen aquarium controller, a ubiquitous digital timer, or an inexpensive wifi-enabled, smartphone controlled power adapter.  Simply set the timer to run for as many seconds or minutes as you see fit, and let the Plank keep your aquarium continuously fed.  You’ll see your fish behave more as they would on a wild reef, a continuous feeding environment, having brighter colors and vigorous activity.

Technical Specs 

Overall Length: Feeder 5.75", Feeder sitting on Plank 7.25"

Height above aquarium rim: 5"

Clamp width: 1/8" to 2-7/8" (3mm-73mm). Longer Plank with 5" (127mm) clamp width available upon request- just note it with your order that you'd like the XL Plank.

Mixing chamber tube: 6" long, 2.375" outer diameter. This can be detached and cut as needed to optimize appearance and performance for your needs. As shipped, it assumes water level approximately 1" below aquarium rim.  A longer custom-length tube is available here.

Looking for a simple, seconds-level resolution wall timer?  We've found this one works well, even if the initial programming is a bit confusing.  Want to add simple wifi control to the feeder and mixing pump independently?  These dual adapters allow you to plug the above-linked timer into one half and the mixing pump into the other. This way, you can override the timer with basic on/off, plus let the mixing pump run on a separate schedule if you don't want to leave it running 24/7.

Assembly/installation guide and other tips

 

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DF
05/23/2022
David F.
United States

Excellent product and service

I had an excellent experience dealing with Justin to sort through my questions. He was able to ship out an additional part I needed really fast. Based on my experience so far I recommend a 2-3 min delay before starting the pump to ensure everything is well hydrated.

GG
05/23/2022
Giulio G.
United States United States

Great feeder

It’s working great. The best feeder I’ve used.

KS
05/16/2022
Keith S.
United States United States

Another Excellent product

Needed to modify the square tube base to circular to fit my tops feeder opening, the feeder was just what needed. Set up on the Apex for 40 seconds every hour for 7 hours. Fish love the freeze dried foods.

JM
05/14/2022
James M.
United States United States

Plank Auto Feeder

Seems like good quality. I like that i can use a controller to turn it off and on.

DM
05/06/2022
Damon M.
United States United States

Plank Auto feeder

I really love the idea of this auto feeder. My fish love the reef jerky food as well. The only issue I had was getting it mounted on the rear of my rimmed tank. My tank is a little too close to the wall and there isn't a good way to adjust plank bracket mount to extend the feeder over or into the tank.