I have 3 guppies (2 females 1 male), 2 tetras, and 3 4 month old baby guppies. My cycle has been steady for about 4 months now. I've never had any real trouble with the guppies. One female recently gave birth to about 20 fries. She has been very thin since then (4 days ago), but this seems normal after labor. 2 days ago she started having trouble swimming. Now yesterday she started having inflamed gills and she is really struggling with swimming. Today she is hiding at the bottom in a cave, touching the ground and not moving. Her gills are very swollen. She hasnt eaten in 2 days.
My levels are pretty ok. Nitrite is nil, nitrate around 20. I've always had a consisten problem with ammonia. It has never been below 1.25 (it's not the test kit, as before the cycle started, the kit showed 0). I do weekly or bi-weekly water changes. I dont terribly overfeed but maybe sometimes a little too much. It has never ever happened that i had 0 ammonia. I have to admit that i did not do a water change for about 2 weeks. Both females were gasping for air before the gills got swollen so it's obviously the reason. I shouldn't have gone 2 weeks without the water change. I just did a 75% yesterday though.
Is there anything i can do to help her? Will she get better since the water is now clear?
How can I get my ammonia to 0 ?