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Nibble Fish

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"I caught a nibble fish! Do you regret nibbling now?" —New Leaf
Nibble Fish
ドクターフィッシュ Dokutā fisshu
Nibble fish
Scientific name Garra rufa
Family Cyprinidae
Time of year May to Early September
Time of day 9 am to 4 pm
Location River
Size 2 in. 5 cm
Shadow size Small
Rarity Scarce (★★★★)
Sale price 1,200 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Japan small ドクターフィッシュ Dokutā fisshu

Flag of Italy small Garra rufa
Flag of Spain Pez doctor
Flag of France small Poisson docteur

Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World Not Present
Animal Crossing: City Folk Not Present
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 34

The nibble fish is a new fish introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It can be found during the Summer and Autumn.

Despite being quite small sized, it is not caught from tiny shadows like Goldfish, instead it is found under "small" sized shadows which is shares with Crucian Carp and Sweetfish.

Donating to the Museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the nibble fish can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list 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!"

Encyclopedia Information

HNI 0030 nibble fish


Further information

Nibble fish
The doctor fish, otherwise known for its scientific name, Garra rufa, is used for treating skin diseases in Turkey. It has other nicknames such as the nibble fish (used in-game) and kangal fish.

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