Couldn't find the biggest one this morning which caused more than a little consternation, Mr S located him (after a brief sweep of the kitchen floor and under appliances!) hiding on top of some plants right out of the water. When I came home this evening he was clinging to the side of the tank an inch above the water line. Can't see any gills on him now.
Have just rearranged their tank with a nasty plastic log ornament with the real bogwood wedged into it making a nice slope out of the water away from the sides. I swished him gently off the side of the tank with a little water from a pipette, he then pretended to be dead so I scooped him up in a little cup and plopped him on the wood. He played dead for a while but has now climbed out of the water again and is looking around Seems quite pleased.
The other one isn't into terrestrial activity yet but is pleased at the new hiding places afforded by the new arrangement
Never a dull moment! Not sure what we'll do with them yet, they are in decline in the wild so would like them to go back ideally but want them to be bigger and find somewhere suitable for them. Mr S wants to keep them, he's very taken with them
Interesting point, they are a native species and hitchhiked in on some plants bought online from a place in Lincolnshire who grow their own. I hadn't considered any legal issues as they are native to the UK. Seems some further investigation is order
ime sure as the same applies to carp and other native animals that once kept in captive environment ie home aquaria you need a license and possibly a consultant with specialist to be sure they are disease free and unable to pass on anything to the local wild population that they would not have come into contact with naturally