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Neon Tetra
Scientific Name
Paracheirodon innesi
Characidae - Characins
Time of Year
Time of Day
9am to 4pm
Selling Price
500 Bells

The Neon TetraParacheirodon innesi, is an uncommon river fish that can be caught between the months of April and November, between 9am and 4pm. It can be sold for 500 Bells.


An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.

"Neon tetras get their names from the beautiful blue metallic line on their bodies. Although their shy, gentle fish, surprisingly they're related to 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."

In real life[]


The Neon Tetra is a freshwater fish. It is native to blackwater or clearwater streams in southeastern Colombia, eastern Peru, western Brazil, and the tributaries of the Solimões where the water is between 20–26 °C (68–79 °F).

The appearance of the Neon Tetra is pretty much similar to the Cardinal Tetra fish, but they are two different Tetra species.[1]

The neon tetra has a light-blue back over a silver-white abdomen. The fish is characterized by an iridescent blue horizontal stripe along each side of the fish from its nose to the base of the adipose fin, and an iridescent red stripe that begins at the middle of the body and extends posteriorly to the base of the caudal fin. Most, if not all, will develop an olive green sheen lining their backs. The fish is completely transparent (including fins) except for these markings. During the night, the blue and red become silver as the fish rests—it reactivates once it becomes active in the morning. It grows to approximately 3 cm (1.2 in) in overall length.