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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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Does Lifeguard have a suggested water temp for maximum effectiveness?

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Not specific to it, no. Tropical fish should be around 78 degrees. If you are treating a parasite, gradually increase that to about 82 degrees to shorten the lifespan of the parasite.

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what is the purpose of removing carbon filter when using lifeguard

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Carbon's purpose is to remove things from the water like discolorations, heavy metals, and yep, medications. So if you have it running in your filter, it will remove the Lifeguard from the water.

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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
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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.
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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We wouldn't recommend it. Scaleless fish may be harmed.
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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, 3 months ago
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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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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, 2 months ago
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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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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
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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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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
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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.
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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
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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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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
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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.
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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
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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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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
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