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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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LifeGuard & Amphibians

I have a small tank with 5 African Frogs in it, also has a large Black Moor which is going through a rough time. I have him in a hospital tank with a heater and an air stone to move the water. He initially shows signs of Air Bladder condition, now may be ick. Is alive, but floating on his side in the tank. The main tank water is fine, treating with Lifeguard as well as the hospital tank. Is this safe for the Frogs?
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 11 months ago
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No, it is not. Frogs can absorb chemicals through their skin and you should never use fish medications, water clarifiers, algaecides, etc, with frogs in the tank.

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Life guard and otocinclus?

I would like to know if Tetra Lifeguard is safe for otocinclus cat fish. My daughter's little ten gallon aquarium has 2 guppies and 2 otos. Unfortunately the guppies fought and ripped their fins. The guppies are getting along now but I think that their fins may be infected. Can I use lifeguard in the aquarium to help their fins heal? Thanks!
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 10 months ago
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No, the otos are scaleless fish and are very sensitive to medication. Instead of using a medication, if the guppies are not actually sick, add Aquasafe for the full amount of the tank, once a day. This will help repair their tails and will not bother the otos.

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Is the lifeguard treatment O.K. for snails that live in the tank?

How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 10 months ago
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No, it is not. You would need to remove them. 24 hours after your last dose, do a partial water change and add fresh carbon to your filter, to pull out the remaining medication. Let it run for several hours, then put the snails back.

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I am on day four of lifeguard treatment, carbon filter is out. The fish are getting more and more white spots. What else could it be, all my fish are

Dying. Two a day. So sad to watch . I feel helpless
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 9 months ago
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Nj
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Could be velvet. Velvet is clusters of white spots ALL OVER the fish. They will look covered in it everywhere. If you look down their bodies, they have a "velvet look", hence the name. This is only cured with copper usually. Whatever it is,the Lifeguard is not strong enough so put the carbon back in, do a partial water change and switch meds. I would recommend either Parasite Guard by us or a copper product by Mardel. We do not make a copper product, unfortunately.

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can it be used for betta fish with fin rot?

How long have you owned an aquarium? 6-12 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 7 months ago
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Yes, it can, but check your water quality first, and temperature. Quite often if you correct the environment, this issue will go away. PH should be between 7.0 and 7.8, 0 ammonia and nitrite, and temperature should be 78-84 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Will this medication have any lethal effect on my pleco?

Had my aquarium for about 2 months now. Most of my neons have ick now and I purchased this tetra lifeguard to try to get rid of this ick they have. Some of my guppies have this ick as well.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 5 months, 3 weeks ago
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Lifeguard is a great all-in-one treatment which attacks and treats many diseases. Lifeguard however, is not recommended for scaleless fish (your pleco included) as they tend to be more sensitive to any medications. You may decide to quarantine your pleco in a separate tank while treating, or switch medications to Ick Guard and use a half dose on the entire tank.

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1 tablet for a small fish bowl?

I moved my sick beta fish out of the fish tank in a smaller fish bowl.
Directions saying "add one tablet per day to each 5 gallons of aquarium water". Well, in the fish bowl are maybe about 3 LITERS.
Should I put just half of a tablet in or even less? I don't want my friend overdose...
How long have you owned an aquarium? 6-12 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 5 months, 3 weeks ago
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If there is no aeration, we would not recommend using it in the bowl at all. He will need aeration for sure, as the medication will use up oxygen.

If you do have oxygen for him, we would recommend 1/4 of a tablet at most.

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Can betta with fin/tail rot be treated with LifeGuard after 6th day

Hi, My betta's fins and tail have gotten very straggly, so I took him out of his 5 gallon tank and put him in a 1 gallon and treated him with LifeGuard (1/5th tablet every 24 hrs for 5 days) then changed 25% of his water on the 6th day (today) Should I continue the treatment until his fins/tail starts to look healthy again? (I read all of the Q&A's and know that he will need aeration so will put him into my 2 gallon with the filter minus the carbon)

His nose used to be a deep blue and now it looks like all the blue has rubbed off and is dark gray. What is this and does LifeGuard treat it also?

Thank you!
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 5 months, 2 weeks ago
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Oceanside, CA, USA
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He may not need any more meds. Fin and tail rot is easy to clear up usually. Their fins, however, will take weeks, even months, to grow back, and may never do so. Or may only grow partly back. If the fins look ragged, but the edges are the same color as the rest of the fins, the disease is gone, and he needs time to grow fins. If the edges are thick and whiter than the rest of the fins, he still needs medication.

Yes, after doing the water change, run the carbon for 24 hours, then you can remove it and re-treat, if necessary.

In regards to the nose, he is probably showing he is stressed, and the color has just faded. Once he is healthy again, it should come back.

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Is it safe to use on a fish that is just in a bowl, with no filters and such?

I have a Beta Fish and I suspect he has a fungus problem. He is in a bout one gallon of water, and I know one tab is for 5 gallons, so I will cut one tab into 5's and use that.
But in a previous question you said not to use it if there is no aeration, would this still be okay?
Also, should I use a dechlorinator while using this product?
Thanks so much!
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 5 months, 1 week ago
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Maryland, USA
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No, you do not wish to medicate a fish with any medication, unless you have some sort of water movement/aeration. Medications require oxygen to do their job, and you can cause the fish to suffocate.

Yes, you can use a dechlorinator with the medication.

Bettas are best kept in a 2-5 gallon tank, with a heater, and a small, slow moving filter. Perhaps if you can change his environment his issue will go away without medicating, but if not, then you would be able to go ahead and treat him.

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Would this help?

My fish I'm almost sure has hemorrhagic septicemia. Do you think this would help and is there any sure signs?
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 5 months, 1 week ago
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If your fish has H.S., he will be very sick. He will have bloody streaks in his fins and tail, not be very active, not eating, breathing hard or erratically. You can google a picture of it. If this is what he has, I would really recommend Fungus Guard over Lifeguard as it would be more effective. You would also want to use salt, and lots of water changes.

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I have a florida flag fish in a brackish tank that has developed fin rot. I also have a green spotted puffer in this tank can Lifeguard be used safely

How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 5 months, 1 week ago
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North Carolina, USA
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No, not with the puffer in there. They are too sensitive. You might try Fungus Guard which would be less likely to irritate the puffer. Start with a half dose and see how he reacts.

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Should white fungal areas vanish after Lifeguard treatment?

Hey,
I've got a Glass Catfish that began showing symptoms of a possible fungal infection about 1 week prior to treatment (only fish affected in tank). I was in the middle of heat treatment for Ich, so waited. He was Qtd and I've just completed the 5th day of treatment using Lifeguard (used because after analyzing photos, LFS wasn't able to diagnose either). I also had to begin treating with Triple Sulfa as 2 days into treatment he got a nasty case of fin rot which the Lifeguard wasn't killing on its own.
Tomorrow I'll be done with the T.S. The fin rot has stopped and I don't think the fungus (if that's what it was) is progressing any further. However, overall the white areas have not regressed. The fish is splotchy still. So... my questions to you guys are:

Should I be seeing regression of the white areas if Lifeguard has done its job? (i.e. apart from stress discolouration, which I don't think he has, should my catfish be transparent again by now?)
If fungal areas are still evident, should I continue with another 5 day treatment of 1/2 strength Lifeguard after a water change?
If 'yes', how long should I wait before treating again after I've done the water change (since I'm adding dechlorinator)?
Assuming I see no regrowth/reappearance of either issue, how long should I leave the fish QTd for? (He isn't eating).
Thanks! :/
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 5 months ago
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Glass catfish are so sensitive they are difficult to treat. You definitely need to continue treatment but we would recommend a partial water change and Fungus Guard instead of Lifeguard, since it will hit the fungus a lot more directly than Lifeguard does.

He needs to stay qtd until he is eating and showing no symptoms. Make sure his quarantine environment is dim, and feels secure to him. Float a few plants for example.

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Still have white spots on fish after six day treatment?

I had a couple of guppies. One had fry shortly before showing tail/fin rot and white spots. The Tetra Lifeguard All-in-one treatment was too late to save the adults, but the newborn fry started to have white spots like the adults. The treatment is over, and I'm afraid that the Ick the fry have wasn't in the correct part of the Ick lifecycle to be effective because treatment started before their symptoms?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 4 months, 4 weeks ago
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Or it may not be ick. Another protozoa that causes a disease known as velvet, looks a lot like ick. Try doing a partial water change, increasing your temperature in the tank to 82 degrees over the next few hours, and putting carbon back into the filter. After a few hours, start a copper based treatment instead.

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Gill fluke

I bought a red severum and i notice that the fish has gill fluke. Would this treatment cure it?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 3 months ago
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Bronx, NY, USA
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Maybe, but I am not sure it is quite strong enough. It would depend on how infested the fish is; I would recommend Parasite Guard instead.

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Gill Mites???

Reading your illness listing, I think I have a tetra with Gill Mites. However, when looking real close, I notice that one of its eyes are completely black. I am not sure if Lifeguard will treat the tetra or not. Can you enlighten a little bit...
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 2 months, 4 weeks ago
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Unfortunately, not really. We cannot diagnose fish since we are not licensed veterinarians. It sounds like the eye is just a genetic defect. When in doubt, either dose with Lifeguard or dose with a combination of Fungus Guard and Parasite Guard.

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Tetra all in one and weekends

How do you count the days when there is a weekend in the middle of the treatment?
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 2 months, 1 week ago
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You just count the number of days in a row, including the weekends.

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weekends

Sorry I wasn't clear. We are a classroom and gone on the weekends. This leaves two days in the middle of the treatment where the aquarium is not being treated. We wanted to start the treatment as soon as possible rather than wait for the next work week to start. How should we treat the tank with a two day gap in the treatment?
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
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No worries! I would start the treatment, and not worry about the 2 days, if there is no way to treat during that time. Just start treatment up again on Monday. Leave the filter and aeration operating, of course. There will be some residual medication in the tank over the weekend, but it definitely will be less effective.

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Should I repeat another cycle of lifeguard.

Hi. I have a 30 gallon tropical fish tank. I picked up a bad case of ick when I introduced new fish into the aquarium. Lost about 3 of the fish to the ick. I just ran a 5 day cycle of Lifeguard, and today is the 6th day. I still have a pleco algae eater with ick . All the other ten or so fish look good. I have 2 plecos, and the other one looks good. I removed the carbon filters, and turned the temperature up to 82F prior to treatment. Should I repeat another cycle of Lifeguard? All the other fish are looking good, they are active and eating nicely. The pleco with the ick is swimming and looks good except for the ick spots.
My other question is what treatment do you advise for adding new fish. This is the first time I have had this issue with new fish in years. I used to pretreat with the treatment that turned the water green years ago, but I got away from that since I never had any issues. Not sure what it was called. I don't have another tank to isolate new fish so I would just like to treat with one of your products when I introduce new fish.
Thanks for your advice.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
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Yes, you could go ahead and go another round with Lifeguard. You may not need the full amount of time, just another day or two, but you definitely don't want to leave any ick in the tank.

When adding new fish, it is definitely best to use a quarantine tank, but you can also make sure the tank is in the best of shape by doing a partial water change, and testing your parameters before going to the store. At the store, look at all of the fish in the tank that holds some you are interested in purchasing. If any of them appear sick or listless, do not buy a fish from that tank. Watch how the clerk gets them out of the tank. If they are really rough with them, you might tell them you've changed your mind. Go straight home with fish that you do purchase, and float them for 10 minutes. Mix a small amount of your water every couple of minutes in the bag with the store water. When you are ready to put them in the tank, drain them gently into a net over a bucket and place them in a cluster of plants near the bottom of the tank as gently as you can. Don't feed for a day and leave the lights off, let them acclimate.

I don't really recommend meds as preventatives, as they don't work that way. You could treat for a day or two, with the Lifeguard, after you've added the fish.

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