Neon Tetra

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Neon Tetra
Neon Tetra NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Paracheirodon innesi
(neon tetra)

Family: Characidae (characids)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ネオンテトラ
Simplified Chinese 霓虹灯鱼
French Néon bleu
Spanish Tetra neón
Italian Pesce neon
Russian Голубой неон

Korean 네온테트라
Traditional Chinese 霓虹燈魚
Quebec French Néon bleu
Latin American Spanish Tetra neón
German Neonsalmler
Dutch Neontetra

The Neon Tetra (ネオンテトラ, neon tetora) is a tiny fish introduced in Animal Crossing: City Folk. It is found in the river between the months of April and November between 9 AM and 4 PM. It is the smallest fish in the Animal Crossing series.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


Neon Tetra
"I caught a neon tetra! I'd better put on some sunglasses!"

Description A standard in many aquariums, these are easy to raise but hard to breed.
Times Apr - Nov: 9AM - 4PM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size About 0.8 inches (2 cm)
Rarity Uncommon
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Neon Tetra
"I caught a neon tetra! Wow, that's far out, man!"

Times Apr - Nov: 9AM - 4PM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 2cm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Neon Tetra

Event Availability None
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 1.7 cm - 2.3 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Neon Tetra
"I caught a neon tetra! Wasn't hard to track."

Time of Year North: Apr – Nov
South: Oct – May
Time of Day 9 AM – 4 PM
Location River
Shadow Size X-Small
Rarity Uncommon
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 500 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 750 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

Upon the player's donating the fish to the museum, Blathers will say the following

"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[edit]

"Neon tetras get their name from the beautiful blue metallic line on their bodies. Although they're shy, gentle fish, surprisingly they're related to the 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[edit]

When donating to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"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?"


Real-world information[edit]

A real-life neon tetra

Neon tetras are native to backwater and clear water streams in southeastern Colombia, eastern Peru, and western Brazil, living in the Amazon river. Neon tetras are a popular aquarium fish, mainly because of its appealing 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. There is a slight difference between male and female neon tetras. The males have a straight red-blue stripe while females have a slightly crooked stripe, because of their rounder body shape. Neon tetras can be afflicted by "Neon Tetra Disease" (or NTD), which is incurable. It involves the loss of coloration in the bodies as well as restlessness.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ネオンテトラ
neon tetra

Korean 네온테트라
Neon tetra

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
霓虹灯鱼 / 霓虹燈魚
níhóngdēng yú
Neon tetra (lit. "neon fish")

Russian Голубой неон
Goluboy neon
Neon tetra (lit. "light blue neon")

Dutch Neontetra Neon tetra

German Neonsalmler

European Spanish Tetra neón Neon tetra

European French Néon bleu Neon tetra (lit. "blue neon")

Italian Pesce neon Neon tetra (lit. "neon fish")