Neon tetra
ネオンテトラ Neon tetora
Neon tetra
#32 #36
Location Price
River 500 Bells
Size Shadow size
0.8 in, 2 cm Tiny
Time of year Time of day
April to November 9 am to 4 pm
Scientific name Paracheirodon innesi
Family Characidae - Characins
Appearances CF, NL , PC
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of Italy small Pesce neon
Flag of Spain Tetra neón
Flag of France small Néon bleu
Flag of Germany small Neonsalmler
"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

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."

Capture quotes

"I caught a neon tetra! I'd better put on some sunglasses!" —City Folk

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 About 0.8 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Spring-Autumn

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.

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