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Neon tetra Gallery

"I caught a neon tetra! Wasn't hard to track." —New Horizons

The neon tetra is a tiny fish found in the river between the months of April and November from 9am and 4pm. The Neon Tetra is the smallest fish in the Animal Crossing series, and despite being uncommon it only sells for 500 Bells. It was introduced in City Folk.

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a neon tetra! I'd better put on some sunglasses!" —City Folk
"I caught a neon tetra! Wow, that's far out, man!" —New Leaf
"I caught a neon tetra! Wasn't hard to track." —New Horizons

Donation to the museum[]

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the neon tetra can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In City Folk[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"That metallic blue body! Hoo, that crimson tail! That pristine white belly! ...Now, THIS is what I call a tropical fish! No wonder this fish has the word "neon" in its name, eh wot? One of these should liven up the museum nicely!"

It can be found in the small tank to the left with the Goldfish and Popeyed Goldfish in City Folk.

In New Leaf[]

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.

"Neon tetras get their names from the beautiful blue metallic line on their bodies. Although their shy, gentle fish, surprisingly they're related to piranha, though very distantly. They have very sharp and narrow teeth, an odd contrast to their beauty. They are delicate fish who tend to be very sensitive to the cleanliness and temperature of water."

In New Horizons[]

In New Horizons, when either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"Hoo! Wonderful! The neon tetra is truly a marvel of the tropical-fish world. Just look at how tiny it is! And how very filled with...neon! I imagine its environment must be just as flashy as it is for it to have developed such colors. I wonder how flashy I might be, had I been raised somewhere even half as vibrant?"

The neon tetra can be found as a school in the small front tank in the freshwater fish room.

Encyclopedia information[]

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Neon Tetra (City Folk)
"A standard in many aquariums, these are easy to raise but hard to breed."
Size About 0.8 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Spring-Autumn

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Neon tetra
"I caught a neon tetra! Wow, that's far out, man!"
Size Unknown
Habitat Rivers
Season Spring-Autumn

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
Neon Tetra NH
"I caught a neon tetra! Wasn't hard to track."
Habitat River
Months active (north) April to November
Months active (south) October to May

Further information[]

Main article: Neon tetra on Wikipedia

Neon tetra are native to backwater and clear water streams in southeastern Columbia, eastern Peru and western Brazil, living in the Amazon river. It is originally from South America. It is a popular aquarium fish, mainly due to its unique coloration. It has a light-blue back that meets a silver-white abdomen, with a red and blue stripe in between them. It is however, transparent. During the night, when the neon tetra is inactive, it loses its red and blue stripe, which turns silver.

In other languages[]

Neon tetra
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese ネオンテトラ Neon tetora -
France French Néon bleu -
Spain Spanish Tetra neón -
Germany German Neonsalmler -
Italy Italian Pesce neon -
The Netherlands Dutch Neontetra -
Russia Russian Голубой неон Goluboy neon -
China Chinese 霓虹灯鱼/霓虹燈魚 Níhóngdēngyú -
South Korea Korean 네온테트라 Neonteteura -

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