Nibble fish

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Artwork of nibble fish
Real-world info
Name: Garra rufa
(doctor fish)

Family: Cyprinidae (carps and minnows)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Poisson docteur
 Pez doctor
 Garra rufa
 Poisson docteur
 Pez doctor

The nibble fish is a river fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It can be found from 9 AM to 4 PM from late spring to early fall. In New Leaf it appeared as a small shadow, but was shrunk to a tiny shadow in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Nibble fish
"I caught a nibble fish! Do you regret nibbling now?"

Time of year May – Sep
Time of day 9 AM – 4 PM
Peak times N/A
Location River
Shadow size Small
Fish size 8 cm
Selling price  1,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Nibble fish
"I caught a nibble fish! Come to think of it, I could use a bite!"

Time of year North: May – Sep
South: Nov – Mar
Time of day 9 AM – 4 PM
Location River
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Rare
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 1,500 Bells
 C.J. 2,250 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

After a nibble fish is donated, a sign in the museum will display 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[edit]

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fish:

"Nibble fish are best known for their use in a treatment. This treatment has been 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."

When donated, the nibble fish is displayed in the small freshwater fish tank in the fish exhibit with the betta.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a nibble fish, Chip will say the following:

"Nibble fish. Those are fantastic if you know how to cook 'em! But you gotta know what you're doing! A poorly cooked fish is just a sad thing to see. Oh well. Down it goes!"


Real-world information[edit]

Real-life garra rufa

Commonly known as doctor fish, Garra rufa are used in some methods of spa treatment, and have even been known to alleviate symptoms of psoriasis.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ドクターフィッシュ
Doctor fish

Korean 닥터피시
Doctor fish

Simplified Chinese 温泉医生鱼
wēnquán yīshēngyú
Hot spring doctor fish

Traditional Chinese 溫泉醫生魚

Russian Рыба-доктор
Doctor fish

Dutch Knabbelvisje Nibble fish

German Saugbarbe

European Spanish Pez doctor Doctor fish

European French Poisson docteur Doctor fish

Italian Garra rufa From scientific name