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

The neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) 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.

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

New Horizons

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

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


Further information

Neon tetra
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
Flag of Japan Japanese ネオンテトラ Neon tetora
Flag of France small French Néon bleu
Flag of Spain Spanish Tetra neón
Flag of Germany small German Neonsalmler
Flag of Italy small Italian Pesce neon
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Neontetra
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Голубой неон Goluboy neon
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 霓虹灯鱼 Níhóngdēngyú
Flag of South Korea Korean 네온테트라 Neonteteura

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