Millions of micro bugs , what are they ?


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Hello , could anybody tell me what these little microorganisms are ? There are millions of them !many thanks .
I’ve attached a photo , which isn’t very clear , but I’m trying to identify the little specs you see .
There are millions of them , pin prick size and they dart about . Whole barrel pond is full of them .
 

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Without a microscope I can see them clearly , there are thousands of them . Moving about all over the pond , Nothing to worry about then you think ?
 

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Without a microscope I can see them clearly , there are thousands of them . Moving about all over the pond , Nothing to worry about then you think ?
Well since we really don't know exactly what they are it is hard to say but I would just assume they won't really hurt anything if they are the copepods. You can look up copepods to see if they harm anything.
 
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Cool , just wanted maybe a rough idea . As hadn’t a clue . Thank you for giving me a idea of what they might be . One day there were none ! The other .. millions ! So was curious .
 

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Hello and welcome! More information is needed. Have you done an internet search for “small ’bugs’ found in UK pond water?

No idea what they are, but willing to guess they are a part of the pond’s natural ecosystem. Yes, if you had a microscope with low power or even a good magnifying glass, it would make them easier to ID. They aren’t microorganisms because you can easily see them with the naked eye. Are they round or even have a recognizable shape? Do they have an identifiable head, legs or a tail? What is their pattern of movement — do they move in circles, do they move in straight lines, are they slow, are they fast? Do they appear to be eating something? Are they free-swimming, or do they appear to be attached to an object? What layer of the water do they occupy…..shallow, deep, all levels?

Also, what is the makeup of your pond? Do you have fish, plants…..?

Here’s a starting point for you…….
 
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They look round I would say , and there are like thousands of them ! Whole barrel pond is just full of them . They are basically half the size or even a quarter of a size of a full stop , some even smaller , like a moving fleck . Think I can make out some kind of legs on some , they just move around , not in any particular direction though .. fast pace . Honestly two small to see if they are eating anything . Free swimming …
I have plants in my pond , miniature lilies, zebra rush ,water Violet and oxygenating plant .Also have lots of snails that are multiplying ! The water looks clear and the plants are thriving .. growing quite rapidly . We’ve had mosquito larvae but a dunk got rid of those .
Now it’s just full of these moving specks ! Like millions of them !!!
 
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I recon they probably are a water flea or Copepods … trillions of them !! Multiplying buy the day
 

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Do you have any fish in there? They would probably inhale them.
 
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a few mosquito fish or guppies and they will be gone.
 

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no they are pretty hardy to barrel type ponds. Just put in a few.
 
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I'm not sure if the micro-organism population in your half-barrel is excessive, but it may be "out of balance" if there are no predatory micro-organisms in the barrel. Try inoculating your half-barrel with a some water from a nearby natural pond. It doesn't have to be a lot of water and you can visually see and remove mosquito eggs or larvae, and you use B.t. anyway.

Of course, the micro-organism population will crash of its own accord as Winter advances.

Mosquito fish might work as well. In small ponds, they are often replenished with new stock each Spring.
 
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I have to agree to one or the other copepods or daphnia both are very beneficial to a ponds eco system they are definitely feeding on what would allow for an algae bloom. And they intern are food for higher life forces. be careful what you ask for . if you eradicate them you may end up with an algae bloom.
 

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