tiny bugs in my pond.

bcubed(6TN)September 16, 2007

Hi...I have a small pond with water lilies, and some bog plants in it. WE have been experiencing a severe drought this summer, and the algae bloom has been almost uncontrollable. WE would use algae fix and then flush the pond out for about 1 hour. Suddenly these tiny bugs appeared in the pond. They look like rose thrips, same size and color. Now there are literally MILLIONS of these bugs, clustering about the leaves, swimming in the pond. There is no more algae in my pond! What ARE these bugs, and are they actually beneficial? Any help with this matter is appreciated!

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dampflippers(Tyne & Wear UK)

They could be daphnia (do an image search).

    Bookmark   September 16, 2007 at 6:06PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Daphnia if they are underwater. Aphids if they are on the plants.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2007 at 12:30PM
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chazparas(USDA zone 9 , San Jose, CA)

could they be mosquito larvae?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2007 at 4:41PM
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I had tiny bugs eating all the leaves off my primrose creeper. That's the only thing they ate. They were about the size of a grain of rice and shiny, blue-black sort of metallac or irredescent hard shell looking. I smashed as many as I could find and very carefully sprayed the rest of the plant, being careful not to get any in the skippy filter or pond. Guess that got rid of them, because now the plant is newly leafed out and healthy looking again. Glenda

    Bookmark   September 18, 2007 at 6:56PM
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