The Reefsicle Frozen Food Feeder is a novel, patent-pending product that slowly dispenses a portioned amount of freshly thawed frozen food to your reef aquarium throughout the day.  Why is important?  Many reef fish have small stomachs and naturally graze on small amounts food throughout the day.  Most aquarists feed once or twice daily, and this is not natural nor ideal.  Existing automated feeders dispense prepared pellet or flake food which have inferior nutritional benefits to fresh food.

Reefsicle feeding system installed on aquarium rim

Reefsicle feeding system installed on aquarium rim

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Reefsicle Frozen Food System

The Reefsicle Frozen Feeder consists of a few special parts.  The key working component is a special insulating container (thawing chamber) that holds a volume of ice with stepped layers.  A Reefsicle (fish food and ice) is installed inside the thawing chamber.  The thawing chamber controls the thawing rate of the Reefsicle.  As the Reefsicle melts, the melted mixture of water and food falls gently into the aquarium.

Reefsicle Ice Mold

To make a Reefsicle, a soft silicone ice tray and special designed sticks (similar to popsicle sticks).  A Reefsicle is like a popsicle for fish!  Any type of frozen food can be used, examples are mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, cut piece of fish, but the list goes on.

Silicone Reefsicle mold is used to make the Reefsicles (fish food and ice)

Silicone Reefsicle mold is used to make the Reefsicles (fish food and ice)

After the Reefsicle ice mold and contents have been frozen, the tray will contain 4 Reefsicles that are ready for use.  Each day, one Reefsicle will be mounted over the aquarium.  To remove a Reefsicle, simply peel the soft silicone from the Reefsicle.  Place the ice mold back into the freezer.

Reefsicle being removed from the ice mold

Reefsicle being removed from the ice mold

Thawing Chamber

Thawing chamber sits inside an insulating acrylic shell

Thawing chamber sits inside an insulating acrylic shell

After a Reefsicle is removed from the ice mold, it is inserted into the thawing chamber that contains a volume of ice (the thawing chamber is stored in the freezer until ready for use).

Inserting a reefsicle into the thawing chamber

Inserting a reefsicle into the thawing chamber

After inserting the Reefsicle into the thawing chamber, the thawing chamber lid is replaced and the entire unit is mounted on the aquarium mount.  The stepped layers in the thawing chamber control the thaw rate of the Reefsicle, melting it over the course of the day.  As the Reefsicle melts, your fish will be fed!

Reefsicle feeding system installed on aquarium rim

Reefsicle inside chamber, lid in place, system installed onto aquarium

Reefsicle Close Up

Reefsicle containing mysis shrimp. The clear part is ice without shrimp.

Reefsicle containing mysis shrimp. The clear part is ice without shrimp.

Reefscicles are like popsicles for fish!  After the ice tray contains frozen fish food/water, you remove it from the freezer.  In each section of the tray lies a reefscicle.  The reefsicle has a specially designed “stick” or holder that suspends the reefscicle above your aquarium inside the thawing chamber.  The reefscicle slowly melts over about 6-8 hours.

A view inside. This Reefsicle is about 2/3 melted and is about 4-5 hours after being installed on the aquarium. The food at the bottom of the Reefscicle has melted away and fallen into the aquarium. The fish are happy!

Putting it Together

In the morning before you go to work or play, take a frozen Reefscicle along with the frozen chamber out of your freezer.  Insert the Reefscicle into the chamber and secure it.  Install the chamber onto the aquarium mount.  That’s it!  You’re ready to conquer the day knowing that your fish will be fed high quality food in a natural manner.  In the evening, when you come home, place the thawing chamber back in your freezer so its ready to be used tomorrow.  The high quality components are designed to last for many years of daily use.

  • Freeze the chamber overnight, make sure you have an ice tray with at least one Reefscicle
  • In the morning, assemble components and install over aquarium

  • Enjoy the day! Your fish will be fed while you are away!
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Questions

Is it reef safe?

We have tested the product extensively for over 1 year and have successfully kept marine fish, soft and hard corals in our tanks.  All materials used in the system have a long proven track record of being reef safe.

Is the ice cold water dripping into the aquarium going to harm my fish or corals?

Not very likely!  When the reefsicle begins to melt, it only drops about one drop of water every 45 seconds into your aquarium.  The heat from your lighting, pumps, heater and even the ambient air temperature will more than compensate for any temperature drops caused by the thawing Reefsicle.  We have used the Reefsicle in tanks as small as 15 gallons without any issues.

What types of food can I use?

Any commercially available frozen fish food can be used.  You can also purchase and prepare fresh seafood from your local market.  Buy some fresh seafood, blend/grind it up and freeze in the ice mold!  This way you are giving your fish the freshest, highest quality ingredients possible.

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