- "I caught a neon tetra! Wow, that's far out, man!" —New Leaf
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 series, and despite being uncommon it only sells for 500 Bells. It was introduced in City Folk.
Donation to the museum
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!"
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."
- "I caught a neon tetra! I'd better put on some sunglasses!" —City Folk
Further informationNeon 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.