Hello! This is my first time posting on the fish forums and I wish it wasn’t about something wrong with my betta, but it is. I just noticed some white under his gills as I was cleaning his tank (I use a gravel vacuum). You see, I have always known that he has a black beard, but I have never seen white under his gills before, or any fish for that matter. Also, I fear that he might have swim bladder, but I am unsure. Here are the tank details: 5 gallon with plants and a hide for him pH: 7.6 (I know that’s high and I can’t get it down, any suggestions???) Nitrate: 0 Nitrite: 0 Ammonia: 0.25 Here are some pictures of his gills: To test the water I use the API freshwater testing kit because I know that strip tests are unreliable. I love JD with all of my heart (yes, he is named after the Scrubs character), and I would hate to see him suffer. So, here is a re-cap on the questions at hand: what is going on with my poor JD, does he have swim bladder, and what can I do to lower the pH?