Nibble Fish

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"I caught a nibble fish! Do you regret nibbling now?" —New Leaf
Nibble Fish
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Scientific name Garra rufa
Family Cyprinidae
Time of year May to September
Time of day 9 am to 4 pm
Location River
Size 3 in.
Shadow size Small
Selling price 1,500 Bells
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Other Appearances

The Nibble Fish (ドクターフィッシュ, Dokutā fisshu) is a fish that was first introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. They can be found between 9 am and 4 pm in the river in the months May until September.

Donating to the Museum[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!"

Further 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]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Pez doctor Literally, "doctor fish".
French Poisson docteur Doctor fish