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With Tetra's Lifeguard, there is no need for time-consuming guesswork when it comes to treating your freshwater fish. A unique, broad spectrum, non-antibiotic agent, Lifeguard treats the clinical signs of disease at their earliest stages in freshwater fish. Added to aquarium water, the powerful oxidizing action of HaloShield attacks and destroys microorganisms that can cause disease in fish. Use for treating fungus, ick, red streaks, milky or shedding slime, flukes, bacterial gill disease, mouth and fin rot, clamped or torn fins, and ulcers. Lifeguard may also be used as a preventive when adding new fish. Five day treatment.
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Why does my fish look like it got worse?

I had about 6 goldfish in my 40gallon tank. About 1 week ago, i noticed my white fantail goldfish has small white spots on them and my gold golfish has a white fuzzy layer over it. a couple of days later, i notice that tail of the white goldfish is getting smaller and smaller and it died two days later. I ask the people who sold me the fish and they told me to add Tetra Lifeguard to my tank to treat the ick and the tail rot. i am on my third day of treatment and all the gold fish in my tank look like it has more white spots now. is this normal? I have already removed the carbon from my filter. is there anything that i am doing wrong?
Thank you
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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San Jose, California
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We would recommend you call into our support staff at 1-800-526-0650. There are many questions we would need to ask you to be able to help you.

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answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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Is Lifeguard unsafe for shubunkin goldfish?

I have a 4" shubunkin who is about 50% scaleless. He has some sort of fin infection or parasite, as do the comets in his tank. Should I avoid the Lifeguard for him? (I know their tank is crowded. They will be joining my pond fish when the infection is gone.)
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
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Harper97
NH
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Thank you for the answer, Kiley. No, I think all or most shubunkin goldfish are semi-scaleless. This infection only seems to affect the fins. If Lifeguard is unsafe for scaleless fish because they lack the protection of scales, then I'm guessing he's not a good candidate. He's one of my very favorite fish, with nice calico markings like a prize koi, so I'd be very sorry if I did something to harm him.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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If he is scaleless due to the infection, it may be a rough time for him. Lifeguard is your best bet. Good luck!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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can lifegaurd be used with tetras. rosey barbs,and tiger barbs?

How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
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Hello,
The Lifeguard is safe with these fish just make sure you use the proper dosage and don't use any dechlorinator at the same time. (Such as Aquasafe) Also be sure to remove the carbon filter during treatment.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
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Is lifeguard safe to use in a tank with dwarf african frogs?

How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 3 years ago
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Hello,
None of our medications are safe with frogs. They have delicate skin that allow chemicals to absorb directly into their bodies, and so are much more sensitive to chemicals in the aquarium.
answered 3 years ago
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Is Lifeguard safe to use with loaches, and how long do you wait after using AquaSafe?

Just did approx. 15% to 18% water change in 29 gallon tank with 4 barbs and 3 loaches. Used only a small amount of the dechlorinator.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 6-12 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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Kyle
Michigan
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Hello,

No, Lifeguard would not be recommended with scaleless fish.

Aquasafe works with in 2-3 minutes; it is the fastest acting de-chlor on the market. It is better to overdose, than to underdose this product, to be sure all of the chlorine and chloramines are out of the water.

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BREX
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Lifeguard - Making Water really Cloudy

I have a 10 gallon acquarium with two small gold fishes one Comet and Moore (black) - both about Inch and half in length - Both are small fish.

Used Tetra Lifeguard to treat my Moore Goldfish of small infections (white layer) over its skin.. Its only second day and the water has become very cloudy.

My Filter is turned off as instructed over the packet, just the air bubbles are ON.

Please advise if the cloudiness of water (murky white color) is expected and should be ok, or should I do something to replace water etc.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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Naperville, IL
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Hello,

Most likely this is due to your turning the filter system off. We do not instruct to do this, but to only remove the carbon filter from the filter system. You should leave the filter running with whatever other biological or mechanical media is housed in it. We recommend a 25% water change and starting the filter system back up to prevent any more cloudy water issues.

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BREX
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Lifeguard in a mixed community

29 gallon freshwater tank with mixed community; Lionhead, Fantail Goldfish, 2 variety Cory Catfish, Chinese Algae Eater, Tiger Barb and another catfish of unknown species.

One of the fancy goldfish is again exhibiting signs of bloating with scales starting to "pinecone". Had treated similar outbreak 2 mnths ago, and treated with tetracycline with good results. My concerns are for the "scaleless fish" and treating with lifeguard?

Any issues?
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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Fairfield, CT
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Hello,

Thank you for contacting us. The only fish you have in the tank that may have an issue with Lifeguard is the Chinese Algae Eater. That being said, your goldfish has a disease called dropsy. Lifeguard is not the strongest medication for this disease. Dropsy is a preventable disease. It is caused by a lack of water changes and vacuuming or a poor diet. It is extremely difficult to treat and requires a very strong antibiotic. Lifeguard is not an antibiotic.

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BREX
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Can tetra lifeguard all in one treatment be used in a tank with Albino Cory Catfish?

How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
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We wouldn't recommend it. Scaleless fish may be harmed.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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It is safe for plants?

How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
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Chrstian
San Jose Costa Rica
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Hello,

No, it would not be safe for plants. You would want to either remove them temporarily or set up a hospital tank.

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BREX
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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Fungus Guard

Can I use Fungus Guard and Lifeguard together? Our goldfish has a few different disease going on with it. I started with Life Guard went on vacation (didn't finish treatment) then started to treat with fungus guard, the store didn't have lifeguard. Now he has Hemorrhagic, whats the best product to treat both fin rot and hemorrhagic? This all started after adding a mud sucker.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
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Santa rosa, ca
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Hello,

No, you cannot mix those two medications. Lifeguard is extremely strong and does not mix with other chemicals. Either product should work, but Lifeguard may be quicker. Be sure to remove your carbon filter, and do a small partial water change prior to each dose. We would also recommend adding 2 tablespoons of aquarium salt to the tank and testing for ammonia and nitrite, as poor water quality can cause the same symptoms.

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BREX
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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Can Tetra Lifeguard and Tetra Ick Guard be used at the same time?

How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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Hello,

No, definitely not. Lifeguard must be used by itself as it is too strong a medicine and may react negatively with other chemicals. It is only safe with something like AquaSafe.

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BREX
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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I have used Ick Guard the two previous days, can I switch to Lifeguard?

I am treating a 5 gal tank that only contains guppy fry. I have been doing partial water changes in the amount of 50% and 30% before adding new medication. I do not have charcoal in the filter. The fry are still dieing, they appear to be emaciated with clamped fins. I thought I successfully treated a 10 gal tank previous, but I am wondering. I did use a combination of Triple Sulfa and Ick Guard there. The guppies that died were also exihibiting rubbing against rocks.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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I believe you can use Lifeguard if you're still having issues. Have you considered removing them to a hospital tank? That may work best, if possible, and keep the other fish in the aquarium from becoming ill.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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Does Tetra Lifeguard treat Velvet in a Betta?

I have some leftover Tetra Lifeguard and I am noticing a golden dusting all over my Betta's body. Will this product treat this likely Velvet infestation? I heard the products that work on Ich work on Velvet as well.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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Seattle, WA
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Hello,

Velvet is much more difficult to treat than ich. In general, it is best treated with a copper based product such as Coppersafe or Aquarisol.

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BREX
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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Why is Lifeguard not recommended tor newly set up tanks?

I set up a10 gallon sick tank and put 2 Lifeguard tabs in before I read the above. I have used the start Zyme before I put the sick fish in.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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We say it's not for newly set-up tanks because usually, in a new aquarium, there's no need to medicate. A hospital tank is different. As long as you're using some of the water from the original aquarium for the good bacteria needed for the fish, you should be ok.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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Is Lifeguard is safe for discus?

I have a 150 gl tank. I have now discus 10 in number. That is why I wanted to know is lifeguard is safe for use in discus.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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India
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Lifeguard is a therapeutic treatment for all freshwater aquariums. It is not suitable for scaleless fish, invertebrates or newly set up tanks. Use only as directed; do not overdose. If overdose occurs, add carbon or dechlorinator as directed for immediate neutralization.
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answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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Introducing new fish and a couple guppies showing minor fin rot. Want to use Lifeguard as preventative measure for new fish in tank

I have a 10 gal tank with 1 tsp Aquarium salt per gallon. Water quality is good, tank is cycled over one month. Had two male guppies, one started showing some minor fin rot. I change water 20-25% at minimum of once per week, usually every 5 days. Did a 30% water change 3 days ago and did a 50% water change today. I just added two new male guppies for a total of 4 fish...all male guppies. The two new guys show minor fin rot issues straight from the fish store, for a total of 3 of 4 fish with some minor fin rot going on. I want to use Lifeguard as more of a preventative measure with the introduction of new fish and to help with the fin rot. Beyond the basic instructions, what directions do you have for my tank? Should I just do 1.5 tabs every 24 hours for 5 days? Do I change the water out daily with each drug administration? How much of the water should I change out? Last question, is Lifeguard safe for fish to eat? I saw some of my fish trying to eat the white flakes of medicine as it broke off the main tablet.

Thanks.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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Houston
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I am sorry to hear about the sick fish. Fin & tail rot is usually a water quality issue. I would recommend treating the tank with a specific medication for fin & tail rot. Follow those instructions on the medicine as far as when to change. Do not add any other fish.
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answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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How soon can I repeat treatment with Lifeguard

I have a Shubunkin and a fantail that had a fungus. I am on my 4th day of treatment. The fantail has cleared up but the Shubunkin still has the cotton fungus. Can salt be added during the Lifeguard treatment? And how soon can I start another treatment?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
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NYS
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I would recommend a 25% water change & then start treatments again.
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answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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Tetra
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Is it Safe for fish?

I have fake plants is it okay for them to stay while using lifeguard? Also when the tablets start breaking is it safe for the fish because I see them eating at the pieces that break off. Also you all have given answers that contradict the instructions. Should you or should you not do water changes while using lifeguard? The box states on the 6th day to do a water change but you have told others that it's okay to do a partial water change before each medication. Is this okay to do because I don't want o buy another box because I didn't follow instructions. Thanks
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
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The plants will be fine. You may want to scoop some of the aquarium water out of the tank, let the tablet break down in that water & then pour it back into the tank.
It really depends on the condition of the tank. If there is plenty of oxygen, you could wait until the 6th day. If you see the fish gasping for air at the top, a small water change may be necessary before that day.
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answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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Are the Lifeguard tablets supposed to fizz like the ick guard tablets do because they are not. Just wondering if i got some dud tablets.

How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
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bighurt
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No, these are not the fizz tab formula.
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answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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can tetra lifeguard be added to aquarium with babies

How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
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I would not recommend any type of medication with babies. I am sorry.

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answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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