*EDIT TITLE: I Thought Everyone Should Have an Automatic Feeder! Why? If you take a look at fish in nature, they have two simple goals throughout their lifetime: To feed and mate. I hear some people saying, "keep a routine when feeding your fish" or "feed your fish once a day". But this is a little strange to me. Depending on the size of your fish, their digestive systems can't always handle a big meal at one time and what are they doing for the rest of the day? They just don't swim around, they are actually seeking food. I think if you are purchasing young fish, you should spread their feeding throughout the day, like we do to babies. They're no different. This will help them grow and develop properly. Then you can reduce their feedings throughout the day as they mature into adults. We tend to eat huge meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and how do we feel after? Instead, if we had little snacks during the day, we'd feel better balanced. There is also the aspect that we enjoy feeding our fish to somehow bond with them, so you should still take care of one or two of the feedings yourself, but really, a tiny bit! Let the feeder dish out small portions throughout the day. I saw an Eheim one that I might get one day, they also make it in a double so that you can place two different types of food in the chambers. It's also good to have handy if you go away on vacation or something. Maybe I sound crazy. Lol.