The price of a Koi depends on various factors. The price range can vary between a single-digit and a six-digit price. The size of the respective specimen is primarily decisive for the price.
A koi that has been raised under the best possible conditions can reach a length of up to one meter. In general, however, such growth is only to be found among the monochrome Koi species. If the Koi is only a few centimetres, it often costs only a few dollars – if you do not base the purchase on international breeding criteria.
The type of koi also has a decisive influence on the price of the koi. An animal that belongs to a rare crossbreed, which at best emerged from the sixteen main varieties, is in a particularly high price range.
The Kohaku Koi, for example, fetch very high prices. These Koi are characterized by a white body surface covered with red spots.
The Showa, drawn in red, black or white, is also very popular among collectors and also achieves the corresponding prices. In Japan, the Tancho Koi are particularly precious, because its white body with the red spot on the head is reminiscent of the Japanese national flag. If such a Koi reaches a length of one meter, its sales price can be in the six-figure range.
Another factor influencing the value of a Koi is its body shape and the texture of the skin. These body characteristics should, if possible, meet all the requirements that indicate optimal rearing conditions and healthy growth.
The fact that particularly noble specimens are generally very expensive is also due to the high technical and time expenditure associated with rearing these animals. In addition to size, body shape and type, the season is also a not unimportant price criterion. In summer the prices are usually higher, for the simple reason that setting up a Koi pool is more difficult in winter than in the warm summer months.