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Slow drip acclimating nerites - what's the point?

I've been slowly acclimating several new limpet nerites for hours now, but really, why am I bothering? These little guys habitually stay out of the water for up to a day or more, it seems, so am I really accomplishing anything? If they haven't been sampling the water during that period, how is it any protection against osmotic shock?
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As far as I know air canít induce osmotic shock, water can. When a snail crawls out of water it is regulating the whole process while it happens. When you forcefully move a organism from one water to another it has absolutely zero control of whatís about to happen.

Agree dripping snails might be a bit overkill, Iíd just use turkey baster and replace a few ounces of water in bag with tank water over next 20min and call it good.
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That's a good question, seeing as the nerites I've ever bought were shipped in a bag of air with a damp paper towel. But if I were moving them from one body of water to the next, I'd bother to acclimate them slowly or at least compare their shipping water to mine before tossing them in willy nilly. They're pretty tough critters but why chance it?

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These limpets, at least the earlier groups, seem rather sensitive or easily stressed, far more than any of the other snail species or even the OEBT. As far as I can tell, they're staying locked up tight, just as if they were in air, so I'm wondering if I've really accomplished anything or if there's something else I can do. I really like these guys and want to make this as stress-free as possible.

A second batch, primarily sun thorns, came wrapped in paper towels and will be drip acclimated too, since they're probably the second most delicate species.

Good news/bad news:

The good news is that all but two of the limpets have lowered the drawbridges. I can tell because they no longer slide around the bowl.

The bad news is they're limpets. They don't slide around because now they're superglued to the bowl.
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