- Avast Marine
Super easy to put together, and works amazingly!
I have not put this into official use yet but from playing around with it I can say it's a great idea, I can't believe anyone has not made a design like this yet, way to go Avast! The system works great in it's trial runs and I'm sure once it is installed it will do a wonderful job dispensing food throughout the day. My only complaint is the price, this thing is crazy expensive for a 3d printed piece of equipment!
This product is really cool. Most of us feed our tanks in an unnatural way, with sporadically timed bursts of food that cause a frenzy and nothing in between feedings or we drop food on the surface thinking that's a good idea. This device is unique, first because it's amazingly slow, on purpose. The steppr motor on the feed bin is precise and slow. The gently swirling feeding tube creates a light current to launch the food into the water column. It's like real planktonic food availability and the fish don't maul each other getting at the food. When I had some trouble at first setting up the system (I forgot to ask for the XL plank and then the feeder propeller wasn't turning), Avast Marine was really fast and helpful, sending me everything I needed, which I had the day after I texted. A+ product design. A+ customer service.
This thing is my favorite fish feeder I’ve used yet and I’ve had several. If used with an apex it’s perfect for several small feedings throughout the day for fish like anthias
I did quite a bit of research on auto feeders and Avast always came recommended. I will be the first to admit it is pricey as far as feeders go. But I had read on a forum about this unit uses a stepper motor as a drive motor. I will agree with this statement the drum assemble definetly does not have some cheap light weight motor. It has great control on how much it drops on feedings. I use a home made feed mixture of pellets , calunus, flake , crushed freeze dried krill and reef chili. I am still old school ( cheap ) and do not have full automation ( Apex , ECT ). So on the control of this device I Used a smart WiFi plug ( standard timer would work ) that outputs to a splitter. One side of the splitter goes directly to the pump on this feeder and the other side goes thru an old hydroponics timer I had on hand ( run time can be as little as 10 seconds to hrs ) then onto the drum auger drive motor. With the timer setup I have the smart plug comes on for 10 minutes ( 5x a day ) and the secondary timer for the drum auger motor runs 40 seconds during the 10 minute smart plug cycle. It may sound complicated but trust me it's not. It's quite simple and I'm sure if you have something like a Apex controller even more so. But I like to repurpose things I have on hand . The quality build of this feeder is top notch and should hold up to years of reefing . I normally do not leave ratings on items. But on this purchase I thought about it long and hard due to the cost. I took the chance and could not be happier with the quality and function of this purchase.