Originally Posted by chicken pickin
Not chicken related, but we are relatively new fish owners, small tank in the livingroom. One of our female platy live bearers has been looking pregnant for a few weeks. Well I just took a look at her and SHES HAVING BABIES!!!! So tiny and so adorable! Me and DD are watching her now and we are so excited. I know they are just fish, But I cant help but smile and be excited.
I used to raise guppies, plagues, and mollies(love the balloon dalmations, and the angel hi-fin aka sailfins)
When they are first born they can't swim right away and will sink to the bottom, within a couple hours to a couple days they will start to swim. They need a ton of cover! Most fish that can fit them in their mouths will eat them including their parents. However some parents will not. If you have an under-gravel filter it will almost certainly suck the babies hiding in the gravel up and kill them(this is an older kind) make sure you give them cover throughout the tank by the bottom and the top.
In the future you may want to look for a three way breeder little plastic thing with slats on two sides with a grate that goes in the bottom so the babies fall through and are protected from the mother. When she's done birthing you simply net her and put her out. If you want to give them the best chance possible a second tank is best with a bubbler and a finer gravel but be sure the water quality stays good. They also need a powderized food such as brine worms and or finely crushed fish food. If you have living plants they should be able to live on that as long as they can eat it.
HTH. Miss my livebearers, I currently have only a pair of goldfish that just won't quit. Lol I think they're like four or so years old