I always get my tank water from the quarry down by the river and I picked up two-5 gallon buckets yesterday. When I did a partial water change in the tank with my pumpkinseed I discovered a million and 1 of these tiny white critters with 2 micro thin legs at their head. They haven't been there all winter until now as it warms up. They're a micron bigger than live baby brine shrimp. Are these copepods? I am assuming that they are and that natural foods are the best.
Sorry for the poor photo, they do not stand still, but the fish seem to really like them.