The Plank automatic feeder has been in works for over thirteen years and the wait is finally over! This automatic feeder is specifically designed to dispense frequent microdoses to keep fish and corals on the hunt.
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.
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.
The plank automatic feeder 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.
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?
The Plank uses a precise auger driven mechanism that is capable of dosing micrograms of freeze dried plankton at a time. There are no complicated controllers or wifi to setup, simply set the timer on the automatic feeder 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.
The Plant feeder is currently in Pre-Order with products shipping in 3-4 weeks. Visit Avast Marine to learn more.