If you have nothing nice to say, don't say it. You aren't helping the op, just posting extremely rude and snarky comments. Please either post a polite and civil response (remember the bettafish.com rules?) or don't post at all. Reported.
I can see where you're coming from, the whole "lives at home and therefore a child thing." It's something I've had issues with before, and still do. But this is a separate issue and a particularly irritating one. It's this idea that the whole Internet isn't a credible source, that the store employees are infallible, and that any stranger off the street is a more reliable source that the person you trust to cook your food and clean your house and fix your ridiculously old computers. Take a step back and forget I'm their daughter for a second, there is no logic to this line of thought.
There is blunt, and there is antagonistic. Honesty, you need to try harder if you're trying to start something.
But that's not the point of this thread. I was just interested in other people's trials and tribulations when parents/aunts/uncles unintentionally abuse their fish.
:I ru, i live at home. rent and job free. and my mother listens to my pet advice. heck, i prompted her to do her own research on the bearded dragon my sister's fiance bought, that we're going to lizard sit while she finishes her military duty in two years.
so, living at home, rent free is NOT the reason OP's parents won't listen to her.
if anything, it's because they're stubborn older people, stuck in their ways, convinced the pet store people are giving proper advice because they sell them.
which we know isn't true.
OP, why don't you try pullling up a care sheet or breeder's page, and calling your parents over. "hey, Mom. Dad. check this out. this website says they need this..." then pull up another. "Oh, this one says the same thing!"
that's what got Ma to talk sister's fiance into getting Spazz something other than the sand for his tank. so many websites said not to use it, so it must be bad, right? :V
Esahc, nothing wrong with living at home while you're a student, IMO, not that that was what you were even asking about lol. It was never for me, but I do have a ridiculously large student debt now. lol.
Anyway, to your original question... I don't have a good solution for you... That's the way they are and it's hard to change people. Maybe others have better ideas than I do. But it's hard to change people's minds. I mean, I work at a job where people pay to get my professional advice, and many still don't take it! I try to explain the reasons why I am giving certainr recommendations; that is, my advice is based on facts, and not just something I'm making up out of the blue. Sigh. So good luck to you and certainly do what you can to prevent outright abuse, and try not to get too frustrated.