Nibble Fish

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

Family: Cyprinidae (carps and minnows)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 Poisson docteur
 Pez doctor
 Garra rufa
 Poisson docteur
 Pez doctor

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 from May to September.

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
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.


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
Traditional Chinese
温泉医生鱼 / 溫泉醫生魚
wēnquán yīshēngyú
Hot spring doctor fish

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