- "I caught a neon tetra! I'd better put on some sunglasses!" —City Folk
- "I caught a neon tetra! Wow, that's far out, man!" —New Leaf
- "I caught a neon tetra! Wasn't hard to track." —New Horizons
|Scientific name||Paracheirodon innesi|
|Family||Characidae - Characins|
|Time of year||April to November|
|Time of day||9 AM to 4 PM|
Rare (Pocket Camp)
|Selling price||500 Bells|
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.
Donating to the Museum
"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!"
"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."
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?"
|''A standard in many aquariums, these are easy to raise but hard to breed."|
Neon tetras are native to backwater and clear water streams in southeastern Columbia, 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
|Spanish||Tetra neón||Same as in English.|
|French||Néon bleu||Blue neon|
|Italian||Pesce neon||Literally neon fish, neon tetra|