Distinction between tategoi and tateshita in koi
In Japan, the koi are selected by a breeder based on the potency that is visible according to the breeder. Every breeder has his own selection criteria that good koi must meet. It goes without saying that the breeder leaves the best fish at the nursery so that he can grow them. After all, there is a good chance that the koi will be worth many times more. The fish in which the breeder sees less potential are sold, these are not worth growing.
Why is a distinction made between koi?
There are several reasons for which a distinction is made in koi. The main reason is that the development of koi is very different, even when it comes to offspring of the same parent pair. It is therefore important for a breeder that he makes the right selections and choices in which fish he wants to keep and which can be sold at a young age.
Koi that are born in the spring are kept in indoor enclosures during the winter period. At the end of the winter, the breeder decides which koi are allowed to stay in the mudponds (outdoor ponds) for another summer. These are of course only the koi that are good enough in the eyes of the grower and of which good further development is expected. In the selection that precedes this, a distinction is made between tategoi and tateshita.
Tategoi are the koi that the breeder does not sell, but allows them to grow up for another year or perhaps several years. The breeder therefore expects these fish to have a good future and to develop well. A breeder does not like to sell these fish immediately after the winter, because they become more valuable when they are kept for a few years and continue to grow up. Only then will the grower start selling.
What is meant by tateshita
During the last selection, it is actually determined which fish may or may not stay longer at the nursery to grow further. As mentioned, tategoi are the fish that will continue to grow up, tateshita are the ones that will no longer stay and are therefore sold. This does not alter the fact that tateshita are high quality koi. After all, the breeder has kept them in the indoor enclosures for the whole winter for nothing, he could have sold them before but waited until the moment the fish go to the mud ponds. Tateshita are actually the best fish that can be purchased by retailers and kodealers, as the tategoi is kept by the breeder.
Can you find tategoi in the Netherlands?
The definition of tategoi is not well established, opinions differ. The best definition should be looked at from the eyes of the breeder in Japan, as he knows the development of his koi best. Tategoi is therefore not easily found, the grower simply does not sell it. However, plenty of stores in Europe promote koi as tategoi, which are often just tateshita. Therefore, do not attach too much value to the terms tategoi and tateshita used by retailers. In most cases, these are commercial words that the shopkeepers connect to koi in order to bring in more money.
Although as mentioned there is usually no question of ?? real tategoi ?? that are sold in the Netherlands or Belgium, there are some exceptions. Usually this concerns dealers or retailers who have traveled to Japan for years and have built up a relationship with certain growers. The grower sometimes wants to make an exception for these people to be allowed to select from the grower’s tategoi. Often in these cases a lot of money has to be paid and the grower watches carefully.