- "I caught a nibble fish! Do you regret nibbling now?" —New Leaf
Donation to the museum
In New Leaf
In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.
"The official name given to this warm-water-dwelling species of fish is "Garra rufa." They are omnivorous, as they both eat algae and scrape the skin off other fish. All you'd have to do to feed them is stick your hand in the tank; they would live off your dead skin. That's why they're called nibble fish. They exfoliate but don't have any teeth, so it doesn't hurt at all!"
In New Horizons
Upon donation or selecting "Tell me about this!", Blathers the curator will say:
"Nibble fish are best known for their use in a certain...skin treatment. This treatment has apparently been used for thousands of years. I have never...experienced said treatment... because they eat your dead skin with their little toothless mouths! Can you imagine anything so repellent?! Please don't ask me any follow-up questions. Hoo."
Further informationThe doctor fish, otherwise known for its scientific name, Garra rufa, is used for treating skin diseases in Turkey. It has other nicknames such as the nibble fish (used in-game) and kangal fish. Unfortunately, demand for this fish for aquariums and fish spas is having a negative effect on their populations.
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