What are the Different Types of Fish Food Dispensers?

Choosing a fish feeder can be a tough choice at times.  There are so any different choices available on the market that it can be overwhelming to look at them all.  Don’t worry in this guide we will go through the different types and give a rundown on what situations they are best used for.


These are the most common types of feeder and for good reason.  The name gives it away, these products will feed your fish automatically, which saves you a lot of time and hassle.  Not everyone has time to feed their fish constantly throughout the day, and if you like to travel or go on vacation then these are an absolute necessity.  Among the automatic types there are a few sub categories that we will go over.


These auto feeders are suited for indoors.  The best examples of these would be the Eheim everyday feeder and the Intellifeed dispenser.  If you have an aquarium then you will want to ensure that you get a feeder specifically designed for indoors as the food that you put in the dispenser will be different to one that is designed for outdoors.


Pretty much the exact opposite of indoor feeders.  Just like the name implies these products are designed for outdoor ponds and lakes.  This can be perfect for feeding species of fish like koi and trout.  You man be wondering what the other differences of this type are compared to the indoor ones.  Well the other main difference is that they are designed to hold much larger quantities of food and also to hold and dispense different types of food.  The types of food that the outdoor feeders dispense is mainly of the pellet variety.  While the indoor ones typically dispense flake and other small, light feeds.


The other way to feed your fish is a little bit more old fashioned.  We have seen people that have built their own feeders which they claim are automatic but personally we can’t recommend this as the risk is too great.  Lets say for example that you make a feeder yourself and then go on vacation for a week.  The whole time you will be wondering if your DIY job is working, because if it isn’t then the results would be terrible as you don’t want your fish to go without food for too long.

The other method of feeding your fish is the good old manual way.  We would highly recommend just making the small investment in an auto feeder but if you’re on an extremely tight budget then doing it manually can save a bit of money.  In order to do this the right way you will need to first research the specific type of fish that you have and then figure out how many times they will need to be fed per day.  After that it’s fairly self explanatory.  Just give them the correct quantity of food and sit back and enjoy the show.