Automatic Fish Feeder

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Summary This is an automatic fish feeder controlled by an Arduino. I tried several of the other automatic fish feeders listed online, and didn't have much luck, so I designed my own. It's designed to feed small food pellets, such as the Top Fin Betta Bits shown in the photos. The feeder arm contains a circular hole that is moved past the feeder bowl to meter out a small amount of food per actuation. If your fish need more (or less) simply change the code to update the feed interval. I'd recommend running a few cycles over a piece of paper to see if the mechanism feeds reliably for your chosen food, and to get the amount per feed cycle correct. There are various .STL "base" components included for different servo sizes. I ended up using a Turnigy TGY-53317S I had lying around, but pretty much any mid-sized servo will work. Your biggest limitation is how much current your servo will draw, and if your chosen Arduino can supply that much power. You may need to use some washers or similar to provide the right "standoff" distance between the base and servo, to get the correct alignment between the servo arm and the feeder arm. I used a Arduino Pro Micro, but any will work. The Pro Micro's I have seem a bit flaky so I might recommend trying another flavor of Arduino, perhaps a Nano. I made a short cable out of a servo extension to allow easy servo swap outs. I connected the servo + lead to "RAW", - lead to "GND", and the signal lead to 3. (which needs to be a PWM output) A sample Arduino code is in the download files for this thing. The text is also on my blog: http://andy-projects.blogspot.com/2017/09/arduino-controlled-3d-printed-automatic.html I powered the pro-micro with a 1+ amp output USB wall wart. This seems to work fine and was reliable for a 1 week vacation. When you assemble and set up the feeder, be sure to adjust the servo arm location and degrees of travel to get a result that functions properly and sits in the rest position without servo buzz. And, as always, I've included the Solidworks files for your re-mixing fun. Print Settings Printer: Snowstock Rafts: Doesn't Matter Supports: No Resolution: 0.2mm Infill: 25% or denser Notes: Orient parts as necessary during print layout. The parts are all designed to print without support. I used eSUN PLA which seemed to work well.

Design Files

File Size

Bowl_REV1.STL
509 KB
Base_40x20_servo_REV1.STL
192 KB
Tank_Adapter_REV1.STL
55.2 KB
Base_REV1.STL
192 KB
FishFeeder_AF_7.30.ino
1.51 KB
Arm_REV1.STL
40 KB
Base_31x16_servo_REV1.STL
229 KB

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