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Small black worms in dirty water

Postby Adam Preston » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:07 pm UTC

Hey guys, I was wondering what these small black worms were in dirty water. Any form of dirty water I have because of rain and a container has gathered the water, whenever it becomes dirty I notice that there's small black wormlike creatures in there. The largest of worms I've noticed turn slightly red if that is any help. They move like a snake does, by moving the back end back and forth but they do this jerking much more vigorously. Any help would be appreciated, if you need any more details just ask.
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Re: Small black worms in dirty water

Postby SlyReaper » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:08 pm UTC

Care to take a picture?
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Re: Small black worms in dirty water

Postby AvatarIII » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:09 pm UTC

and where are you from, that's pretty important to help identify a creature,
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Re: Small black worms in dirty water

Postby JBJ » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:17 pm UTC

Most likely it's a bloodworm, which is the larvae of a midge fly. Of course, pictures, location, approximate size and other details as noted by others is more useful for identification.
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Re: Small black worms in dirty water

Postby Angua » Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:02 pm UTC

Size would also be good - if only a few millimetres or so then it could be something like mosquito larvae.
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Re: Small black worms in dirty water

Postby Adam Preston » Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:49 am UTC

ok don't know if i can get picture yet, but here's some other info, the largest is around a 1cm - 1cm1/2. I live in the united Kingdom, more specifically South Wales.
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Re: Small black worms in dirty water

Postby Adam Preston » Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:50 am UTC

As noted before, any dirty water over here will eventually contain these worms, kind of pondered my mind recently as I've always really seen them but haven't made that much of a deal out of it.
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Re: Small black worms in dirty water

Postby AvatarIII » Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:09 pm UTC

how are you defining "dirty water"? where is the dirt coming from? you say any dirty water, but clearly if you got some clean water and put some engine oil in it, it would be dirty water, but wouldn't get these worms, right?
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Re: Small black worms in dirty water

Postby Sizik » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:28 am UTC

Do science. When it's going to rain, put 4 containers outside to catch the rain water. After it rains, tightly cover two of them with plastic wrap. Do the same to 4 containers filled with tap water. Put one of each type outside, and the rest inside. Post results (preferably with pictures).
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Re: Small black worms in dirty water

Postby Technical Ben » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:45 am UTC

Do they swim? If they swim it could be mosquito lava. Else, as said, we need much more detail.
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Re: Small black worms in dirty water

Postby Adam Preston » Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:05 am UTC

ok so yes they so swim and do define dirty water, there are things such as bits of moss, grime, dirt and small piece of leaves for example. (As the container is in my backyard). And the experiment suggested above I will try when I have time, but thank you for idea.
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