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bullet40% The most important quality of good Koi is SIZE!! Like a Sumo wrestler bigger is better. You can't always control size (click here to see Koi growth rates)
bulletsince you may have Koi that were not well fed at the proper times, 
bulletor your pond may be too small,
bulletor the water quality, oxygen levels or temperature may not be ideal
bulletor the Koi may be weak and sick from parasites, bacterial, viral or fungal infections.
bulletPart of size is shape and volume.
bulletSymmetry in shape is very important i.e., the head, mouth, eyes, fins, etc. Any deformities are marked off
bulletIn most shows Koi are grouped by size and then judged within that size grouping. Although the "Grand Champion" will usually be picked from the largest size group, within a given size group pattern becomes the next most important criteria
bullet20% Pattern (in one color Koi obviously there is no pattern)
bulletunique patterns are desirable
bulletlightning patterns are even better
bulletcrisp edges to patterns are preferred
bulletlack of blemishes are important
bulletno "dirty" face, head, nostrils, etc.
bulletin Doitsu the scale pattern should be symmetrical
bullet20% The next quality point is color
bulletdepth and purity of color is very important
bulleta delicate creamy white with a depth to it
bulleta deep black (the old adage is black comes - and expands) 
bulleta pure red (the old adage is red goes - and contracts)
bulletthe depth of lustre is sought after especially in metallic varieties
bullet20% The next quality point is their star celebrity elegance
bulletintelligence and personality
bullet social behavior and graces
bulletregal presence while swimming around pond
 

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