Is This A Yellow Or Red Ackie?

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  1. Briggaz

    Briggaz New Member

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    Hey guys new to this forum, title says it all just wondering if my 3-4 month year old ackie i bought a month ago from a reptile shop is a yellow or red? could someone who knows for sure please answer this.

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    thanks :)
     
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    ginji Not so new Member

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    You might try taking a photo under natural light, or you know, something that won't make everything under it red...
     
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    kitten_pheonix Well-Known Member

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    I don't think anyone can tell you with those pics as ginji said you need to take a pic of him in natural sunlight. At the moment it looks like something from the red light district in Holland.
     
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    haha yeah sorry i didn't even click to that, stupid mistake will take photos tomorrow under natural light.
     
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    RED for sure ;)
     
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    wow.. well hopefully this works.

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    just not sure as it seems to show some red and yellow colours.

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    To be honest, Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think you will know until he / she gets bigger, My yellow accie of similar size looks exactly the same (red/orange and all) excluding the significant yellow colour change in the tail

    The pet shop had no idea? Surely the breeder would have told them? Typical for petshops though
     
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    The tail is indicating to me that it may indeed be yellow but as you mentioned its alot harder to tell at such a young age. i asked a guy at the shop and he just said "yours is most likely a red" but i dont think he knew much about the hatchies they were selling at all, probably should ask someone who actually knows at the shop, i just thought maybe an expert on ackies could answer this easily.
     
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    The red ackie /yellow ackie subspecies (acanthurus vs brachyurus) difference was sunk in 2006 with Fitch's DNA work. Since then, any variation in colour is just that, variation across a natural range of options. You can selectively breed to a preferred colour but they are all genetically the same thing now.
     
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