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  1. TYPE OF FOOD AND APPLICATIONS
  2. CLOGGING?
  3. FEEDING CYCLES?
  4. FEEDING AMOUNT     
  5. WHY A REMOTE TIMER SYSTEM?
  6. OUTDOOR  SUPER FEEDERS®
  7. HOW WILL A SUPER FEEDER® LOOK ON MY AQUARIUM?
  8. WHAT SIZE SUPER FEEDER® SHOULD I CHOOSE?
  9. AQUARIUM SUPER FEEDER® MOISTURE TRAP ™ FUNNEL REQUIRED?
  10. HOW ACCURATE ARE SUPER FEEDERS™?
  11. WHAT ABOUT OVERSEAS 220 VOLTAGE?
  12. WHICH REMOTE TIMER SHOULD I CHOOSE?
  13. CAN I FEED ONLY EVERY 2-3 DAYS FOR A REEF AQUARIUM?
  14. EXAMPLES OF USE WITH VARIOUS REMOTE TIMERS?
  15. CAN I USE A 12 VOLT BATTERY INSTEAD OF REGULAR POWER--battery backup answers?

Will Super Feeders® dispense wet/live or liquid food?

No. They will not.  Only flakes, dry or slightly moist pellets, fish sticks, granules, cat or small dog food up to 3/8" diameter,  and seeds of all types can be used.  The .5 Mini is only designed for small pellets or granules.  Hundreds have been used in lab experiments for distribution of dry pelletized materials, and particularly for animal training like police dogs and animal research.  The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture currently uses our Super Feeders® to do exactly that.  Other animals can be trained with our Super Feeder® using the task-and-reward approach using our feeder's unique reset function which can be commanded manually through a foot pad, or animal operated switch with very minor modifications, or as is via a computer with a power module.  Let us know what you would like to do...Lots of possibilities.  Anybody there looking to design a web-to-home auto-feed system? Your imagination is the limit!

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Will aquarium Super Feeders® clog up with flakes?

No.  If our Super Feeders® are installed as recommended with our supplied patented "Moisture Trap™" funnels, there should not be problem at all.  However, if a Super Feeder®, is installed within a cabinet, the area should be well ventilated and the water below the feeder must be sealed off.     Remember, although you can probably use your feeder without the supplied funnel, if you use flake food, you should use our patented funneling system (see additional info below if you do not use it). Our Super feeders® are also designed so the food is continuously stirred within the hopper when the feeder is dispensing food, thus preventing particularly flakes from sticking together.

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How many feeding cycles can I have?

A feeding cycle is the time span that you adjust the feeder's own internal timer to distribute food  from a split second to up to 70 seconds when "triggered" by a remote programmable timer, irrelevant of the length of time the remote timer stays on.  This is not a simple "time delay" feeding system that feeds for minutes or hours!  It will feed whatever amount you want immediately.  With our innovative patented system, a standard Super Feeder® can provide up to 24 daily feeding cycles or more depending on the timer you choose and the optional reset time on the feeder.  Great if you are wanting to accelerate the growth rate of your fish!  See  WHICH REMOTE TIMER SHOULD I CHOOSE? below for additional info.

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Do Super Feeders® only have a preset feeding amount?

Absolutely NOT!   THE neatest Super Feeder® feature is that each Super Feeder's® feeding cycle is fully adjustable to feed from an extremely small amount of food from a split second for a fraction of a teaspoon to a larger amount for up to over a minute or more.  The amount of food dispensed is primarily dependent on the length of the feeding cycle you pre-adjusted on the feeder itself  (click this link and see picture of that system).   All Super Feeders® (except the Model 1) also have a secondary food extraction volume (mechanical) adjustment to control the volume of food extracted from its hopper for the duration of each feeding cycle.   In other words, if a full minute does not dispense enough food, you can mechanically control the volume of food which is by-passed and not allowed to pass through.  Pretty neat! Eh??

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Why use a remote timer?  Why not a built-in programmable timer?

First of all, what are you purchasing, a timer or a feeder?  Why would you  want to spend a lot of money into a built-in programmable timer leaving very little for the most important part you are purchasing, the feeder? A remote timer can be a very economical 120 Volt timer commonly used to turn lights or appliances on. It can also be a home automation system like the X-10, Hall 2000 system used to turn on appliances, etc.... You may control your Super Feeder from anywhere with your iPhone using our Wi-Fi Socket.  By using the remote timer system, you pay for the feeder, not a  timer that most likely will have limited program options or more than you need, and be also prone to failure, particularly with battery powered feeders (a real no-no as far as we're concerned).  Depending on the timer you use, our system not only offers more feeding cycles with total control of food dispensed from a fraction of a teaspoon to large amounts, but it will provide more choices as to how the feeder can be utilized (home automation, sprinkler timers, etc...).  Although we offer a battery setup (if you must have one), we believe that doing away with batteries is a big plus because they can be unpredictable, costly and very prone to corrosion, particularly outdoors. Judging by all the tests we have done, normal electric power, even with occasional power outages, will always be more dependable and trouble-free, especially unattended.  Remember, the remote timer is only used to power and "trigger" your Super Feeder at programmed times--Each Super Feeder® has its own internal electronic feed timer that you pre-adjust for the amount of food you want.

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Are the outdoor Super Feeders® weatherproof?

Absolutely!  Due to the sturdy plastic materials and stainless steel hardware they are made with, they will not be affected by rain and will not rust.  Believe it or not, whole feeder assemblies have been dumped in the water, dried out and kept on working!  However, due to the nature of flake food when exposed to outdoor humidity, it is our opinion that you should never attempt to store and feed flakes outdoors.  Remember that steel housing feeders are much more prone to "sweating" and moisture contamination with temperature changes.  Our KSF-2 Koi feeder is perfect for outdoors use!

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Will an aquarium Super Feeder® look good on my aquarium?

Yes, most certainly! You will own a feeder which is second to none in quality and workmanship.  The ASF, KSF and CSF series are production models molded with high-impact heavy-gauge plastics and can be used with only the basic feeder (without the clear hopper extensions)  which is under 5 inches tall.

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What size Super Feeder® should I purchase?

First, you will need to measure the volume (not weight) of food you plan on feeding each day, depending on the quantity and size of fish, taking into account the amount of feeding cycles you plan on having.  You can do that with a measuring cup of some type.

Second, multiply that amount by the amount of days you anticipate being gone or would like to feed your fish without having to refill your Super Feeder®. 

Finally, you will now need to choose a feeder with the hopper capacity needed to fill your needs. All Super Feeder® hopper sizes are referred to in "volume" measurements.  Also, make sure that it will fit on top of your aquarium if you are buying an aquarium.  The Super Feeders® have additional 2-Cup stackable hopper extensions available.                                                        

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Must I always use the Moisture Trap™ funnel on my aquarium set-up?

Although the use of our "Moisture Trap" funnel is always recommended when dispensing flake food into an aquarium, our tests have shown that there is still a possibility of successfully dispensing flakes without it.  To do so, you must make sure that you do not install your feeder over spattering water generated by pumps, bubbles, filters, etc...  Provide a small opening in your aquarium cover just large enough to catch the food coming out of the feeder's chute outlet and place the feeder's chute slide so that it is slightly away (1/4") from the edge of that opening and NOT over it.  You may also cut the supplied funnel where it just protrudes under the glass so you can still use it to keep food from scattering on top of your aquarium.  If flakes stick to the slide after a few days of repeated use, small water particles may be splattering on it, meaning that the feeder is too close to that opening.    If this still does not work out, then you will need to use our recommended funnel installation.  You may find more info about our funnel installation at:    funnel or funnel 2.

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How accurate is food distribution?

Our Super Feeders® are amazingly accurate  with irregularly shaped food bits and pieces.  They will not "count" pellets or flakes, but once calibrated for the type of food you are using, the amount of food distributed at each feeding cycle will be very accurate. All feeding cycles will be the same.  If you would like to feed more in the morning than the evening, you could feed twice in a couple of hours then feed once later on in the day. 

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Which remote timer should I choose?

WITH ASF-1 AQUARIUM, KSF-2 KOI-POND, OR CSF-3 CAT/SMALL-ANIMAL FEEDER

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EXAMPLES OF USE WITH VARIOUS REMOTE TIMERS

REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN ONLY POWER YOUR SUPER FEEDER WITH 9 TO 24 VOLT AC OR DC, OR USE THE SUPPLIED POWER ADAPTER!

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WHAT ABOUT OVERSEAS 220 V POWER SUPPLY?

IMPORTANT notes for powering Super Feeders®  in countries with 220Vac

WE MAY UNDER VERY LIMITED CONDITIONS SHIP TO SOME FOREIGN COUNTRIES, BUT ONLY AFTER CONTACTING US.  DO NOT ORDER ONLINE!

The power supply (commonly also referred to as "power adapter") supplied with each Super Feeder® typically converts 120VAC ( USA) to 12VDC or AC. Except for Koi Pond feeders, the supplied power supply will work with 220VAC but it will probably have a different prong style (bladed) than one supplied in your country. Also, even if you have a converter from 220V to 120V, the Hertz rating which is 60 Hz in the USA will most likely not be the same in other countries with 220V, meaning that our timers will most likely not work properly if used that way.  The simplest thing to do may be to purchase the accessories listed below from your own country. To operate the feeder, you will need to proceed with any of the two options listed below:

1. A remote programmable timer of some sort (like a light or appliance timer) to power and trigger the feeder at programmed times of day, and a power transformer (to plug into the timer) that changes 220VAC to any voltage from  12 to 24VAC or DC.  The feeder uses and extremely small amount of power, so any 12 to 24 volt power source with an output of 200 mA or higher can be used.    If you use a DC power adapter, attach the positive (+) lead to the red screw or coded (+) screw underneath the feeder, or make sure the coax plug type is a 5.5 mm x 2.1mm with center positive.  If you use a 12 to 24Vac output power adapter, polarity does not matter. If you can only purchase an adapter with a plug at the end, and it's not the correct polarity or the plug does not fit the feeder's input jack, just cut the wire near the plug and attach leads to the outdoor feeder's terminal strip underneath the feeder. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO POWER THE FEEDER DIRECTLY WITH HIGH VOLTAGE (110-240VAC)!!!

OR  

2.  If you are wanting to purchase a Super Feeder  and use a  12 Volt battery (not sold here), you can purchase the DT-03 timer with a 12VDC 7-day digital timers with up to 8 on-off daily cycles available at:  http://www.superfeederstore.com/

Some wire and a 12v battery are all that you will need to operate your Super Feeder.   Any small 12 volt battery source will work any Super Feeder® and last a very long time.  The feeder and timer use an extremely small amount of power to operate!

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CAN I FEED ONLY EVERY 2-3 DAYS WITH MY REEF AQUARIUM?

Absolutely!  You can do that using a 120 volt 7-day digital timer.  Most digital timers will provide odd programming such as every other day, 2 days a week, etc...You could even use a home automation system by plugging the feeder's power adapter into a power module or directly into the timing device's 12 to 24V power source.

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CAN I USE A 12 VOLT BATTERY INSTEAD OF REGULAR POWER?

Yes, however, we believe that using regular power offers more versatility and is much more dependable overall than a battery system. We do offer a battery setup whereby you only need a 12 volt battery and our 12VDC timer.  Because of the fact that our Super Feeders® only need to be "on" for a very short time and use an extremely small amount of current, a fully charged battery can last for a very long time without recharging or needing a solar panel.  The only problem with such a system is that it is much more expensive for a dependable battery system and some wiring is required.  We only offer a battery system for the koi pond feeders.

DOES THE STANDARD SUPER FEEDER SETUP HAVE A BATTERY BACK-UP?

First, keep in mind that the Super Feeder, unlike others, will spend most of its lifetime in the "off" mode, meaning that with a power outage, you will not need to ever do anything at all to the feeder for it to resume its normal operation when power returns. However, it is true that it must receive power again to operate.

 1. With the analog timer, no feed cycles will be lost; they will just be late by the amount of time the power was off until you re-adjust the time to correct time by turning the dial on the timer. Nothing else needs to be done. With the analog timer, you cannot see with a digital display "exactly" when the feeder will turn on (it has small on-off tabs) or the very exact time of day.

 2. With a digital timer, time is always exact to the minute and can be seen in the timer's digital display. You could lose a feed cycle during a power outage, but only and only if the feed cycle was scheduled to occur at the very exact time (a minute or so) that the timer was programmed to come on (very remote). Remember, the feeder needs to be off most of the time anyway. If you were to lose that feed cycle, all subsequent feed cycles would still occur when power would be back on without loss of any programs because the external digital timer has an internal battery-back-up system to keep time and programs during a power outage or when unplugged from a power outlet to perhaps update programs. With a digital timer, we recommend a minimum of 2-3 feed cycles per day.

 In conclusion, do not be drawn into a false sense of security with a "battery back-up" system or just plain battery operated system. If a momentary or permanent loss of power were to occur caused by a defective battery or a malfunctioning  "switch-over" battery system, all functions could be lost with the feeder no longer being able to operate properly until corrective action were physically taken to correct the problem.  The only somewhat dependable power back-up we may trust for a certain amount of time, would be a home generator back-up or computer battery back-up system (CPU).  Depending on type used, a CPU may run the timer for a long time during a power outage if not sharing with computer, etc...  The feeder is off most of the time anyway, and the timer uses very little power, particularly a digital timer being on for only a minute or two per cycle and utilizing even less power when off.

 Remember, very small portions can be distributed many times per day with the Super Feeder making your pet feel that he/she is getting more food and being happier while  at the same time covering a possibly missed meal during a short power outage, which would have to occur at the exact time that the feeder is supposed to feed to be missed.  For extended absence we always strongly recommend that someone occasionally monitor your pets and machine. The Super Feeder, like any other feeder should be, is only intended to solely assist in feeding your pets and should never be left totally unattended for any extended period of time.

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 SAFETY REMINDER
All Super Feeders have been thoroughly tested and found to be extremely dependable in providing your pet(s) with timely meals; however, as with any machine, your feeder should be monitored at regular intervals for proper operation. If you anticipate being away for an extended period of time where a lack of food could cause harm or even death to your pet(s), you should make arrangements with someone to inspect your feeder at regular intervals.


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Revised: September 14, 2016.