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Pond Life Identification

Hello! I've had my little bucket pond for a while and everything seems to be quite settled, just trying to identify a creature in it (see picture).

They are very small (less than a pin head size), jet about a fair bit, and don't seem too much of a bother to the plants in the water, just curious to tell what it is. The closest thing I've come across is a daphnia but I'm not convinced it's that...


Any thoughts?



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,461

    Hi James. Difficult to tell from your picture but they could be either daphnia as you state or cyclops.

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  • OnopordumOnopordum Posts: 390

    Look more like Ostracods. These have a smooth swimming motion - Daphnia & Cyclops move in little jumps.

  • James 11James 11 Posts: 35

    I think Ostracods is it! Now I can read up on them and find out what they do..

    Thank you both for your replies :)

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