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Hello guys!
This is my first post and i need some help.I am new to arduino and new to automatic controllers.
I constructed a small vertical garden that is hung on the wall and it looks like a painting. in the garden, of course, placed the plant.
on the lower side is located container in which is the water and a small submersible pump.
This pump is used for irrigation by forcing water into the upper end and collects water that flows back into container.it is a closed loop.
Pump is connected to a timer and periodicallygo on during the day.
Only need to top up evaporated water.
So my question is: is there anything in the market or can be made in DIY,which would be located in container ( Water level sensor? )
and that would take care when you need to refill the water ( SMS ?).Would also be good if the timer for the pump and sensor for light plugs into this.
Size of container in which is water is 10-15 cm depth and 12 cm width.
Sorry for my poor English...
Thanks for your help and suggestions!
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It is definitely possible to measure water level in many different ways.  There are pre-built options and DIY options. 

Chsck out this thread: http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?topic=99113.0
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YOu might also consider using a moisture sensor to start / stop the pump - better than timer?
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is there anything in the market or can be made in DIY,which would be located in container ( Water level sensor? )
and that would take care when you need to refill the water

Is the container big enough to use an ordinary float valve from a toilet cistern?
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@djjoshuad - thanks for the link is very useful !!

@robtillaart - can you recommend any particular ?

@PeterH - I tried it already with this idea, but unfortunately the container is too small...maybe i try with small float switches ?



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@PeterH - I tried it already with this idea, but unfortunately the container is too small...maybe i try with small float switches ?

I was thinking of something like this Fluidmaster Toilet Cistern Bottom Entry Float Valve 400UK074, which could be fitted in a small container. It wouldn't need to be installed directly into the lower container - if it's more convenient, you could add a separate container with one of these valves, positioned so that the water level is at the required level for your container, and connect the two via a link pipe or siphon.
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You might want to look at the Vegetronix VH400 http://vegetronix.com/Products/VH400/ as an easy to implement water level sensor, but I think only up to 10cm.  I have 3 of these and they work great for soil water content measurement, but will work for water depth, too.  Milonetech has another product you may be interested in:  http://www.milonetech.com/About_eTape.php.  Good Luck!!
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