Why Koi Fish Are So Expensive | So Expensive

Why Koi Fish Are So Expensive | So Expensive

Anything strike you as special about this fish here? Well, it’s worth 1.8 million dollars. It won grand champion at the
All Japan Koi Show in 2017, and is the most expensive
koi fish ever sold. Koi may just look like
an oversized goldfish, but they’re not even remotely related. Koi are actually a type of
carp, and today they’re some of the most expensive
pet fish in the world. But why? Koi were originally raised
in Japan in the 1700s when rice farmers first
began breeding them for their distinct colors and patterns, similar to how we breed dogs
for their specific traits. And just like prized dog breeds, Japanese people take koi
breeding very seriously. There are regular competitions
to name the top koi. Judges and buyers pay attention to how healthy its skin looks,
its size and body shape, and how gracefully the
fish moves in the water. But the most important trait
of all is the koi’s coloring. The best koi have a good
balance of colors and patterns according to their variety. For example, there are
koi with light blue spots, ones with large red
patches on their backs, or all-metallic gold. But the most winning
fish often just boil down to these three varieties. They’re often the most valuable. They dominate the shows, winning nearly every major category each year. And the better-looking the fish, the more a buyer is willing to pay. Yvo: Yeah, it depends. You can buy some small and cheap koi fish for a couple of bucks, but also, yeah, it can get up really,
really high to thousands, ten thousands of dollars. Narrator: That’s Yvo de Wal. He’s a koi hobbyist and
seller in the Netherlands, and he heads up the YouTube
channel Koi Partner. Each year he visits Japan to shop for koi. Yvo: The breeders are located there, and they have experience with their bloodlines for many, many generations. Narrator: You see,
bloodlines are just as prized in koi as they are in dogs because some of these koi are the result of decades of selective breeding. I mean, just take a look at the koi’s wild
relative, the common carp. Its dark colors would be
considered unattractive for a koi, but it’s perfect protection against predators in the wild. So how do you get from this to this? Well, it’s actually similar to how we got from this to this, except
koi breeders mainly select for size and color and ignore… Fluffiness. Koi have six types of
color cells in their skin. Their cells can be red, yellow, black, white, blue, or metallic. Now in order to get a beautiful,
reddish-orange pattern like the one on this
1.8 million dollar fish, you need to select for
fish that have a white body and lots of red cells that
concentrate in large patches. Red and white are important
colors in Japanese culture, representing joy and purity. But having the right
colors is only part of it. A koi’s color cells sit at
different depths in the skin, some right near the
surface and some deeper in, which ultimately determines
how bright the fish appears. The brighter the fish,
the bigger the price tag. Today there are about 120 varieties. To compare, there are
about 200 breeds of dogs. But when it comes down to it,
breeding koi is a lot harder. A single koi can give birth
to hundreds of thousands of baby fish at a time. Yvo: I think we are talking about millions and millions of fish per breeder. Narrator: So breeders must choose wisely. One breeder, for example,
reports that he starts with 3 million fish and selects 15,000 to raise over the first year. From that he chooses 1,000 to continue to raise the second year. Yvo: Yeah, it’s a really
hard job for the breeders. Narrator: But in the end, all
that hard work is worth it. The breeder of this grand champion waited until she was nine years
old to sell her at auction. And by bringing in a world
record of 1.8 million, the breeder got not only a
huge return on investment but a priceless reputation
boost in the koi community.

100 thoughts on “Why Koi Fish Are So Expensive | So Expensive

  1. Lol in our country, koi fish can be bought in some stalls by the road especially in front of a school together with some fighting fish.

  2. My dad has two koi fishes in our restaurant (in an aquarium )and I didn’t thought that they would be so expensive ,like wow

  3. @2:29, can you get a domesticated version of the wild common carp? – I think I would prefer that than a Koi. that looks beautiful to me.

  4. Imagine the fish dying in few days after paying 1.8 mil to get the fish at the first place.
    gives me shocks..

  5. Koi fish from Japan has an average lifespan of 40 years. The Japanese breeders greatly enhanced the gene pool of the fish so thats why they live about 25 years longer than non Japanese Koi fish.

  6. Did Jesus Christ come down here to Earth himself to create that 1.8 million dollar fish? Cause even if I had the millions there is NO way in hell I would ever pay such amount of money for a freaking fish!!!

  7. Your information is incorrect. about good quality Koi…color only accounts for 15 to 20 percent .,Major and most important factor is body confirmation is 50%)( no point in having the best color with a bad body), 30 percent is skin quality, 20 percent is color and pattern ,,I suggest you join a Koi club in your area for accurate representation of a Koi..

  8. Koi and goldfish “aren’t remotely related???”

    (ಠ_ಠ ) Dude.

    Goldfish and koi are in the same family, Cyprinidae.

    They’re both goddamn carp.

  9. I love koi I've always dreamed of having a koi pond and cherry trees in my garden such beautiful fish

  10. It's not selective breeding, well I mean it can be called that but it's really called artificial selection, get your facts right.

  11. I have a baby white koi and i bought it on the pet store for 120 cents and its so cool so i kept on huyingvto breed them

  12. Dogs don"t come from wolves, they just have a common ancestor, dunno why people keep making this confusion .

  13. A lot of people in Indonesia bought it it's not very expensive in my country Indonesia it's about 100 something rupiah it's actually really cheap

  14. Is this true?!? I’ve been going to the Philippines for the past few years and have seen so many Koi being sold for cheap and in the wild. I’ll keep this in mind once going back next year.

  15. Bruh y’all here selling fish for millions and I’m here just wondering how much it would cost to eat gosh :l

  16. I feel sad for the koi or any fish in the market like this where people are trapping them from their natural habitat and selling them to some insane person who's craze is to trap these beautiful creature for entrainment and selfisness 😨😢

  17. Koi and goldfish are both types of carp that have different eveloutions one is ment to be small and the other is bred for color and patterns

  18. Holy shit thats stupid. Pretending like a common bottom feeding fish is worth anything, let alone enough to sustain a human life for its duration.

  19. @0:23 we are told that koi may look like a goldfish but, "they are not remotely related." Koi are a form of carp. What family does the narrator imagine goldfish come from? The answer to that rhetorical question is, you guessed it, carp.

  20. if a fish is valued because of color in japan – they should be devalued because of the size of their dick , the eyes, the short hands and legs – Same shit , i guess they don't like it if treated the same.

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