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Safe Garden Aquaponics: without PVC and other carcinogenic materials.

I've been doing some research for an aquaponics system and I see so many videos where people are using PVC over the last few years so I started doing some research a while back and thought I would share my findings on the topic. PVC(polyvinyl chloride or vinyl) and CPVC(chlorinated polyvinyl chloride or vinyl) and the cement used to join it is not safe for food use, not safe for grow beds and not safe for aquaponics. Three years of research on this topic now and I have a significant number of research articles outlining the known human carcinogens in PVCs and how they leach into fish tissue, food and the water when used in this environment. Many of the cheaper imported PVC's also contain lead, mercury and other even more harmful chemicals. PVCs also contain Phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors and cause malformation on male reproductive system. The plastic food grade totes (polyethylene) is fine unless it is heated, for example sunlight can cause polyethylene to leach antimony(a toxic metalloid) into food and water, HDPE Plastics like milk containers LDPE plastics like bread bags and the shiny lining of cardboard food products like milk cartons Both leach estrogenic chemicals which can cause a lot of issues for fetuses and juveniles with respect to hormone imbalances and trigger auto immune disorders. The other options that I've seen is to use bamboo, copper with lead free solder of course(copper is not eco friendly and can react with some things so may not be the best solution either, also somewhat expensive), cast iron(however it will rust, is heavy and expensive to install). I've also seen some info on PP(Polypropylene Pipe) they use it in the EU and have for 30 years now as water supply pipes but I have not done any research on it so cant give good or bad advise on it.

Other thoughts, food grade silicone? In the end I think bamboo for pipe offers the most economical and healthy option as its becoming more and more readily available here in the US. Perhaps whisky barrels for the containers rather then the some of the plastic drums that also contain carcinogens which people are using today.

I've seen it mentioned that bamboo with fiberglass/poly cured joints may be the best option at this time as the bamboo is fitted and only a very small portion of the fiberglasss/poly is in contact with the water flow since its wrapped on the outside of the bamboo joinings. This lead me to thinking why not use natural rubber, you know... from a rubber tree to seal joints with bamboo for pipe and wooden barrels. The issue however is some people have reactions to natural rubber so another solution that may work in the not to distant future is Guayule Latex which is Hypoallergenic and completely safe as well as native to North America but quite expensive to harvest and process.

This article is a work in progress and you should do your own research before choosing a material to use for your garden aquaponics system.

Mobile is the future

With the launch of googles new mobile friendly test tool you can expect to see google pushing mobile friendly code for search placements. 

The results are basic with no in major code diagnostics, with the following two main results:

  • Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly.
  • Not mobile-friendly
    • generic fail reason
If your website is not already mobile now is the time to bring it up to date before google and other major search engines implement penalties for non mobile friendly websites.

A well designed mobile site also helps keep clients on the site long enough to turn them into prospective clients.

Fixed height, Jssor slider

A simple solution to set a fixed height but still have an adaptive/responsive width utilizing the jssor slider.

Change the code from:

<div id="slider">


<div id="slider" style="width:auto !Important; ">

Exploitable LDAP server used for an attack: Microsoft Active Directory / Exchange Server

You've just received notice that your Active Directory server is being used as part of a wide scale dDoS attack. Here is how you can fix it.

Go to the firewall settings on the active directory server or reported server IP and look for the following rules.

  • Active Directory Domain Controller - LDAP (TCP-In)
  • Active Directory Domain Controller - LDAP (UDP-In)
  • Active Directory Domain Controller - LDAP for Global Catalog (TCP-In)
  • Active Directory Domain Controller - Secure LDAP (TCP-In)
  • Active Directory Domain Controller - Secure LDAP for Global Catalog (TCP-In)

For each of these alter the rule by choosing the Scope tab and entering only IP addresses that should have access to LDAP information. For example, Microsoft Exchange Servers within your network that need access to LDAP.

For assistance securing your network or if you are looking for hosted exchange services check out Area51.mn.