Nibble Fish

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Nibble Fish
Nibble Fish NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Garra rufa
(doctor fish)

Family: Cyprinidae (carps and minnows)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ドクターフィッシュ
Simplified Chinese 温泉医生鱼
French Poisson docteur
Spanish Pez doctor
Italian Garra rufa
Russian Рыба-доктор

Korean 닥터피시
Traditional Chinese 溫泉醫生魚
Quebec French Poisson docteur
Latin American Spanish Pez doctor
German Saugbarbe
Dutch Knabbelvisje

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 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1500 Bells
Tank 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 X-Small
Total Catch 20
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1500 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2250 Bells
Tank 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]

Blathers has this to say about the nibble 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.


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