10-21-2008, 06:17 PM
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She will have a very square looking abdomen when viewed from the side. The usual shape of a Platy
tapers slightly from a swelling just behind her head to a rounded taper that ends at the anal fin. When she is near delivering, the rear of the swelling will be just as deep from top to bottom as the front part. It is said to be squared off. When viewed from above, a not too far along female will have sides that come straight back but as she gets close to delivering she will get visibly wider before narrowing back down towards the back of the dorsal fin. These shapes will become quite pronounced in the last few days before she gives birth. Activity will also help you identify when she is ready. She will hide more and not interact as much as usual with the other fish. Basically she will want to be left alone to herself and may hide in a corner of the tank or among plants.