The Tetra Connect Automatic Feeder is a part of a whole new generation of smart, connected device that is coming to us from a surprising company. Tetra is better known for making foods for various types of fish which can be found in so many stores, especially chain and grocery stores that they are beyond ubiquitous.
It makes sense then that Tetra would develop and release a product that would encourage aquarium owners to consume more of their food with the Tetra Connect Automatic Feeder. We never saw their previous version, the Tetra MyFeeder, in stores in the United States, being more of a European aquarium product it seems.
The Tetra Connect Automatic Feeder looks essentially the same as the MyFeeder with the green buttons being replaced with blue ones, but the most interesting new feature is the upgraded wireless connectivity for scheduling and programming. The $49 smart feeder comes with a 6 foot power cord, mounts to the aquarium like any other feeder, holds 96m of food, and multiple feeders can be controlled through the Tetra MyAquarium app
The Tetra Connect Automatic Feeder is by no means the first controllable fish feeder for the general aquarist, there’s been some efforts to crowdfund small basic designs, pair them up with a webcam, there’s a fancy-schmancy version in the works especially for frozen food, and GHL is rumored to have one in development as well.
Despite all these efforts, the hobby is still desperately missing a reliable, easy to use, mass market and affordable automatic fish feeder so we sincerely hope that the Tetra Connect Automatic Feeder can be the vanguard in that front. With Tetra’s economy of scale they have the opportunity to make wireless connectivity a feature that aquarists demand in an automatic fish feeder. [Tetra]