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I noticed about two weeks ago that one of my betta fish started to turn white on the top of his body and then eventually be started to act sickly too (to the point where I’ve thought he was dead several times now). He stays still, either near the heater or the back of the filter, on the substrate (sand), or in the plants and just lays there. I’ve started a medication for Itch a few days ago, and no difference. He does still swim and seems to be eating.

Earlier this week though, i’ve noticed the same thing for my other betta fish as well. It doesn’t seem to be any other common disease. What’s going on with them?!

P.S these pictures were when he was in his hospital tank. He’s normally in a 3 Gallons.

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How long have you had them? Were their tanks cycled? Do they have filters? Did you run any water quality tests on the tanks?

Broadly speaking, my first thought would be poor water quality.
 

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How long have you had them? Were their tanks cycled? Do they have filters? Did you run any water quality tests on the tanks?

Broadly speaking, my first thought would be poor water quality.
for about 6 months now the tanks have been cycled and seem to be doing fine as i’ve had no issues. They do have filters and heaters. I do run tests using strips and sometimes the nitrate goes up a bit but that’s usually when I do a water change. As for diet I alternate between flakes and pellets by bug bites and occasionally they get frozen blood worms too.

if it’s poor water quality, that just means more water changes?
 

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Get the good test kids with the chemicals and vials. The strip tests are not reliable.

I'd do a partial water change as a first step, but it's really hard to diagnose the problem based on the photo and description.
 

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Get the good test kids with the chemicals and vials. The strip tests are not reliable.

I'd do a partial water change as a first step, but it's really hard to diagnose the problem based on the photo and description.
Okay thanks for your feedback. What more would be helpful to help diagnose the problem?
 

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Get the good test kids with the chemicals and vials. The strip tests are not reliable.

I'd do a partial water change as a first step, but it's really hard to diagnose the problem based on the photo and description.
Complete water tests with the API test kit. Do you have pics of the full tanks and the fish from the side?
 

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Check if your city has started putting anything new in the water. they are not required to say anything as long as it's safe for humans, dogs, cats and (maybe) birds. They very well could have put something new in that's not safe for your fish.
 
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