2017 Koi Grades and Pricing
These prices are subject to change at any time I feel like it.
In general, we now offer three primary grades of fish here at Hanover Koi Farms. They include Select, Premium , John's Pick Tategoi grades. We also offer fish that are individually priced. These grades are judged based on what pure lines of Koi are suppose to look like according to the Japanese standards for variety classification. In general the grades start with the "mutts" and end up with the highest quality available. You should choose grades based on your knowledge, budget, and taste, and if you do not plan on showing your fish (yes...there are Koi shows) then simply buy what appeals to you, and meets your budget. Some people however find that this is the most interesting part of the hobby, and even though they do not plan to show fish, they do appreciate the highly valued Koi that fall into the higher grades.
You have to realize as well, that Koi do not start off in life looking like they end up , or "finish out". Most varieties start off as young fry, looking fairly drab, and the colors and patterns develop over time and the life of the fish. Each variety, as well as each individual fish tend to take varying times to develop, and this is where it gets tricky. Learning how these varieties develop, as well as recognizing the varying times it may take, is a part of the hobby that takes the longest to learn. In knowing this, you can then understand that the younger fish are the trickiest to judge due to the developing process over their life. This is why young fish are less expensive than larger ones, because there is less guessing as to development in the larger ones. However, if you do learn this part of the hobby, then you can pick younger fish that have potential to turn into the higher valued beauties. Some Koi throughout the world sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars! The last All Japan Show 2006 Grand Champion was said to have sold for $365,000.00 dollars! So, if you can learn about Koi development, you stand a far better chance of being able to pick and purchase these higher quality fish at a less expensive young age. Even though some folks may never plan to show their fish, they still want fish that are, or will be considered valuable.
We have other fish as well, that are priced individually, and would are basaltic the best of the Tategoi Quality. These fish are priced based on the highest quality available here at Hanover Koi Farms, and we generally use show judging standards to base this pricing. We also have fish that are priced based on uniqueness and rarity.
Above in the photos you can see a sample of how we grade certain varieties. I try to educate all of my customers as to what makes one fish better than another. Over time, and with some research and experience, you too can learn to critique Koi.