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are there any dangers using co2 in your home ?

I am considering getting a co2 setup for my 55 gallon planted tank. Are there any in home dangers to be aware of?
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There are some but they are pretty much easy to manage. One that many people wonder about is the gas. It is not uncommon for people to confuse CO2 with CO which is carbon monoxide. CO is very dangerous but totally different than CO2. CO2 is only dangerous to breathe if you stay in a place where it replaces the oxygen we need. If you go into a closet and close the door and turn on the CO2, you might get there. But in most cases it will go down to the floor and run out like water would. But the real hazard is if you let the bottle tip over and it hits something hard enough to knock the top off. Then the compressed gas is like the torpedoes used in WWII. It can knock holes in walls. So strap it to something so it doesn't tip over and hurt itself --- or you?
The gas coming out will be like all gases which are decompressing. It will be very cold and if you stand still long enough, it can burn your flesh. Most of us are quicker than that. It may scare the pants off the first time it happens but most of us are quicker than the normal toad stool which gets us clear! Don't leave it in a hot car. It can get hot enough to vent off some gas. But if you can stand the heat, the tank probably will do fine. I put it in the trunk and strap it down. Never had one vent but it might someday?
They store the tanks outside on concrete docks here in Austin so I figure the heat issue is not a biggie! I'm thinking if I'm left on the dock in the summertime around here, I'll vent before the tank does.
Keep in mind that the same CO2 tanks are used to drive the soda machine at McDonald's so if those folks can do it safe, I'm okay.
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Any tank that contains a gas under a tremendous amount of pressure can be a danger and should be treated with caution. As long as you are safe and use common sense you'll be fine. Make sure you have good quality equipment, that your regulator and tank are free of leaks, rust and corrosion, that the co2 tank is secure and away from a heat source. Most importantly teach the children it is not a toy and it is not to be messed up. In home dangers are carbon dioxide leakage and explosions.

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It may scare the pants off the first time it happens but most of us are quicker than the normal toad stool which gets us clear!
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If you have kids, don't let them near the tank. They'd mess with the knobs.
CO2 can build up in your room to around 1500+ppm (Outside air is 400-700ppm) but it's not dangerous. Keep the room ventilated and levels should be good.

CO2 is more dangerous for your fish. Treat with care.

ps. CO2 ppm in air is measure in different unit than in water so don't freak out. 60+ppm in water will cause distress in your fish.


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Once you secure the bottle so it cannot fall over (bracket and strap or duct clamp) the only real danger is getting addicted to all the beautiful plants and collecting could get out of hand.

There is a fine line between hobby and obsession.

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I was scared to death of it in the beginning. Once I got the set up and saw how it worked, all my fears were relieved. I have the bottle in the cabinet under the tank so there's no danger of anyone hitting it. I guess I should still strap it though.
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I saw the trail of broken drywall at the welding supply shop and their dented refrigerator remains a reminder of safety.

It was only a 5 pounder that a customer dropped and broke.

Knock off the valve and it will drive straight through everything.

Search for rogue co2 bottle at Dutchweek

They got lucky.

I wouldn't want to explain it all on homeowners insurance.

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