12-11-2006, 07:02 PM
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Hi Megan! welcome to the forum.
you are right in guessing that the sunburst platys are livebearers. and it is indeed acceptable to assume that she was preggers when you bought her. most female livebearers can have fry every 28 days, and some can have several btches of fry with ONE single pairing with a male!
it is also likely that they could be guppy fry as well, if you have both male and female guppies in your tank. unfortunately, with them being so small, it will be hard to tell which type of fish they are until they are larger.
both guppies and platies are livebearers, and are very prolific. so the chances that you will be able to raise babies are very high if you have both male/female livebearers. some recommend that you provide extra cover for the babies...i.e.fry grass, plants, etc. there is also special food you can buy for fry, but not having had any fry myself, i'm not sure if it's really worth the trouble. you could probably just use a turkey baster to squirt some flakes down to where the fry are.
my brother has a sunburst platy that he can "see" the babies inside of when she swims under the light.
good luck! and let us know if you have anymore questions!