Help With Apex Code for Avast Plank Feeder

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Hi Guys,

I have read several of the tutorials and cannot figure out how to translate into what I am wanting to do. WIll you please advise:

I am trying to set up my feeder portion of the Avast Plank Feeder to the Apex. I set up 7:29-7:31pm just to test.
I would like 2 min feedings at 8:58am, 11:58am, and 5:58pm.
Any suggestions why the test did not work?

Fallback OFF
Set OFF
If Time 08:58 to 09:00 Then ON
If Time 11:58 to 12:00 Then ON
If Time 17:58 to 18:00 Then ON
If Time 19:29 to 19:31 Then ON
Defer 001:00 Then ON

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Why donyou have the defer in there? Does it work with a different apex outlet? I had to move mine because the power draw wasn't enough to trip that plug.
 
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Why donyou have the defer in there? Does it work with a different apex outlet? I had to move mine because the power draw wasn't enough to trip that plug.
My Mobius turns my MP Powerhears off at the above times, so I wanted to program that way.

The sicce pump on the Avast is plugged in directly to the outlet. The feeder is plugged into the Apex.

I cannot figure out how to use the defer.
 

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My Mobius turns my MP Powerhears off at the above times, so I wanted to program that way.

The sicce pump on the Avast is plugged in directly to the outlet. The feeder is plugged into the Apex.

I cannot figure out how to use the defer.
Defer means to wait a minute to turn on remove it. On the apex. Does the feeder turn on if you switch the outlet to on?
 

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Like @SpyC is saying, the Defer command for the apex is like saying "wait for this/these condition(s) to be true for X amount of time then turn on/off".

I don't use the Avast feeder but if it takes two minutes to kick on and run it's cycle and you're trying to line up the feedings with your powerheads, then either remove the Defer command or start the cycle for the feeder one minute sooner.
 

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If it still doesn't turn on after removing the defer, try using another outlet on the apex. I had to switch mine to outlet 4 due to such a low power draw on the feeder/hopper. Once I did this, it would start turning on at the specified times.
 

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I used this from Avast's website and it works for me for 30 second feedings. I want to adjust to 60 second feedings. I think I need to change the 30 to 60 and the 119:30 to 119:00. Also I set the times to feed from 10 am to 10 pm.


Use the OSC command to create a recurring on/off cycle. If the total number of minutes:seconds is divisible by 1440 (the number of minutes in a day), the cycle will automatically repeat at midnight, and the feeder will activate at the same times each day. For example:

Fallback OFF

OSC 000:00/00:30/119:30 Then ON

If Time 20:01 to 07:59 Then OFF


This code causes the feeder outlet to activate for 30 seconds every 120 minutes (30 seconds on, 119:30 off) between the hours of 8am and 8pm. You will get (7) 30 second feeding periods at 8am, 10am, … 8pm.


This could be modified to:


OSC 000:00/00:20/119:40 Then ON


For a 20 second feed time. The key is that the minutes:seconds adds up to a round number (120 min in this case) that evenly divides into 1440.
 

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I use 2 Apex outlets with OSC commands. My pump turns on 3 mins after the plank drops food, I noticed depending on what you have in the barrel it would get blown down then pop back up if I didnt give it a soak period.

This code runs 4x a day for 25 seconds each. pump runs for 5 mins per interval.

Plank

Fallback OFF
OSC 000:00/000:25/119:35 Then ON
If Time 19:59 to 10:59 Then OFF

Pump

Fallback OFF
OSC 003:00/005:00/112:00 Then ON
If Time 19:59 to 10:59 Then OFF
 

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