how do I know when my platies are ready to give birth? Help 

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ANGEL_Z

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I have 2 platies and both seem to be pregnant one is much more fatter and the other one's belly is still growing.
Now I want to know what are some signs that they are ready to give birth?
Do they get a dark gravid spot like guppies?
What are some signs or clues.
And when should I put them in the breeding box?
Also how much and how often do I need to feed platy and guppy fry?
 

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HI Angel, Platies will show the same signs as Guppies when ready to give birth. Large Gravid spot (although this can be hard to see depending on the Platies colour), they will look "fat", with a slightly squared off belly. When birth is close they may become somewhat sluggish and refuse food too, some will seek to hide as well. As for putting them into the breeder box, that's just a matter of guesswork. Putting them in too early can stress the fish though, and cause them to hold the fry. I'd be feeding the fry very small amounts 3-4 times a day, and doing frequent waterchanges, as fry need pristine water.
 
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