NOTIFICATIONS: Cichlid Room Companion system and editorial notifications.


Notifications


Decimal achievement (08-Apr-2014)

In the past days we have achieved to reach the staggering number of 12,000 pictures in the Cichlid Room Companion cichlid catalog alone, besides those in all other areas of the site. Frankly, when I started the site in 1996 I never dreamed to achieve this number of pictures, particularly taking into consideration that these are not just any regular cichlid picture. All are beautiful pictures, most of them are taken in natural habitats by the best underwater cichlid photographers (a very expensive approach), or they show particular conditions in a home aquarium as seen by world class aquarists. Most are already determined by qualified specialists. For many years it took me an hour just to edit, classify and upload five of these pictures. I am now myself amazed that we can count with this highly valuable cichlid treasure I didn't even think it would be possible for me to see. Of course, the goal is now set higher. Thanks to all of you for your support!!.

Distribution maps (25-Feb-2014)

Species distribution maps now classify localities according to the status of the species, green for native, red for exotic, black for extinct, yellow for type locality.

Secure connections (09-Jan-2014)

Beginning today, we have established a self-signed certificate to optionally establish secure communications between your computer and the Cichlid Room Companion site (including the forum and Ask Pam sections). The purpose of this certificate is not to have an authority to guarantee you that you have connected to the real site (just as it is now), but to securely encrypt the communications between you and our servers. To be able to take advantage of this certificate all you have to do is use the prefix https:// instead of the regular http:// prefix when connecting to the Cichlid Room Companion. As the certificate is self-signed, your browser won’t recognize us as authority and will warn you about it, all you have to do then is to accept the certificate and ask the browser to remember the action. Once you have connected, all your browsing in the site will be encrypted. I hope this functionality can be of use to you.

New format for home page (27-Sep-2013)

With the aim to make the information in the Cichlid Room Companion more easily accessible from the home page, we have fully re-designed the interface with this goal in mind. We hope this new design is of your liking and benefit. Comments and suggestions are of course welcomed. Thanks for visiting us!.

Tropheus In Their Natural Habitat available! (12-Jun-2013)

The brand new book by Ad Konings "Tropheus In Their Natural Habitat" hard copy is now available from the Cichlid Room Companion store. It is so hot at the editorial house (just received this afternoon) that it burns if you touch it. Get your copy of this already acclaimed work at a special price, until now just available as an Apple iBook.

Language specific search (11-Jun-2013)

Thanks to the great support from FreeFind the internal search boxes powered by FreeFind that you find everywhere in the Cichlid Room Companion are now language specific. That means, if you are visiting for example an Spanish language page, using the search box will produce only Spanish version pages (or the English pages when a translation is not available of course).

Cichlid distribution maps (06-Jun-2013)

A new exciting utility is now available in the Cichlid Room Companion cichlid catalog; species distribution maps are now attached to species profiles!! We have now completed feeding all Lake Tanganyika localities; the distribution for species is backed up by pictures in site or solid references. Thousands or cichlid locality assignations for Lake Tanganyika are now plotted on maps for all Tanganyikan species. We will now continue to offer this utility for Lake Malawi cichlids, and subsequently all cichlid species! We hope you enjoy this new utility as much as we did developing it. All this is possible because of your support.

Ten thousand cichlid pictures (18-Mar-2013)

I want to share with you the fact that in the past few days the active cichlid pictures (besides those of habitats, articles, forum, etc) in the Cichlid Room Companion cichlid catalog has reached the staggering number of 10,000!. This we feel is quite an achievement and wanted to celebrate with you. We are very happy that we can provide you, our supporter, with this never-before-available service! The pictures in the CRC catalogue, as you know, are not just any odd snapshots; most of them were taken in the natural habitat and all of them are of the best quality available for any given fish, and most were taken by the best cichlid photographers in the world. In some cases we have pictures of species not illustrated anywhere else and in many more we were the first to illustrate obscure species. Besides all this, our catalog is the most trusted cichlid identification resource available in the world, as so far 90% of our pictures have been certified to illustrate the correct species by some of the world’s top authorities in cichlids.

Of course reaching this goal is by no means an indication that we can now relax; on the contrary, it gives us renewed energy to continue tirelessly in this undertaking, i.e. publishing new photos and information on cichlids every single day.

Thanks so much for being part of this endeavor that is the Cichlid Room Companion!.

Public domain PDF documents available for registered users (29-Aug-2012)

Beginning today we are happy to offer our registered users the possibility to directly link from the Cichlid Room Companion references many PDF documents classified as public domain. Those can be easily requested by clicking on the adobe PDF sign shown at the left of the reference (when the PDF file is available). This includes some hard to get very old papers on cichlids. If you know of a public domain document that we can offer please let us know and we will gladly include it in our library.

Cross-links for references (29-Jan-2012)

A new utility is now available for members of the Cichlid Room Companion. Clicking on the code of every reference shown in any page, you will link to a report of the reference citation, its abstract, and more importantly, the reference cross-links to genera and species descriptions included in the reference, the species and locality list of the species treated in the reference, as well as a list of first taxonomic records attributed to the reference, which will give you a much better view of the content of the referenced document. Make sure you are logged in to be able to access the reports.

New fellow in the Cichlid Room Companion: Patrick Tawil (02-Jan-2012)

I am proud to announce that we have a new fellow in the Cichlid Room Companion, Patrick Tawil. For his extensive and unselfish help to make this site every day better, providing hundreds of quality pictures and filling numerous lakes Malawi and Tanganyika cichlids profiles, and for his day to day assistance in the development of the site.

Freshwater Ecoregions of the World (29-Dec-2011)

Beginning today the Cichlid Room Companion is abiding to the standard of areas put together by the World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy as Freshwater Ecoregions of the World to show cichlid distribution, replacing our drainages page. With this, all cichlid localities will be included in their corresponding ecoregion, which we believe will give a better understanding of cichlid species relationships, and will make possible to cross-link the information about those ecoregions with our own, giving a more sound base of knowledge and a strong standard to work with.

Get Malawi cichlids in their natural habitat (4th edition) book at an unbeateable price (just members) (05-Dec-2011)

For a limited time and as a service to the Cichlid Room Companion members, you can get one copy of the beautiful Malawi cichlids in their natural habitat (4th edition), yes the more recent edition!! book by Ad Konings at an unbeatable price, and a low shipping cost (we ship in a padded envelope and you can't find this price anywhere). This book is a gem of Malawi cichlids information and you won't find it anywhere at such low price. This offer is just available for Cichlid Room Companion members, who can now get up to one copy each. The offer is available until Dec-26 or until we run out of stock. Take advantage of this offer now! Please make sure you are logged in to see the discount price available.

Add facebook comments to CRC articles and columns (07-Nov-2011)

You can now add facebook comments to the Cichlid Room Companion articles and column documents (like the editorial), for this purpose you can find a form at the bottom of each document, I hope this can be of use!.

New section: Match the ID (21-Oct-2011)

We are very proud to announce the opening of our "Match the ID" cichlid game, where you will be able to test your knowledge of the species of cichlids, by correctly identifying them when presented with a picture (determined by a cichlid expert). How good are you identifying them? It may not be that easy! Enjoy and learn!!.

Get Malawi cichlids in their natural habitat (3th edition) book at an unbeateable price (just members) (16-Oct-2011)

For a limited time and as a service to the Cichlid Room Companion members, you can get one copy of the beautiful Malawi cichlids in their natural habitat (3th edition) book by Ad Konings at an unbeatable price, and a low shipping cost. This book is a gem of Malawi cichlids information and you won't find it anywhere at such a low price. This offer is just available for Cichlid Room Companion members, who can now get up to three copies each (have you thought about a great Christmas gift for a dear cichlid buddie?). The offer is available until Oct-31. Take advantage of this offer now! Please make sure you are logged in to see the discount price available.

New section: News on Cichlids (10-Oct-2011)

A new section in the Cichlid Room Companion has been implemented today, News on Cichlids. Its purpose is to keep track on important news that show up in the world of cichlids, like new cichlid species described, new cichlid species discovered, new research about cichlids, news about conservation, news about cichlid specialists, and more! We have a group of cichlid experts that have volunteered to feed news that they have come up with. I hope you enjoy this section and is useful to you.

The Cichlid Room Companion in Facebook (09-May-2011)

The Cichlid Room Companion has now its Facebook page, follow us in Facebook!.

New cichlid trade system available (25-Jan-2011)

We have a new cichlid trade system for the Cichlid Room Companion. It has now gone through a pre-operational testing phase with very good results and I have just released it to the public. It has been developed as a new utility for subscribers and sponsors (but fellows and curators may use it too). You can now advertise your cichlids for sale or those you want to find to buy. All you have to do is register in the Cichlid Room Companion trade system. The cichlid trade system works in conjunction with the catalog. Up to ten simultaneous ads with a life of fifteen days can be kept active at any time. Listings can be consulted via a master list Master List) or in each of the cichlid species profiles, where they will show as a tab when trade offers are available for them. There is also a RSS feed for the trade offers master list. Traders establish where they live and where they ship to. Contact with the buyer/seller is safe as the e-mail addresses are not disclosed.

You can now sign up the system (even if you are not offering anything) from the Master List. I hope this new utility can be of use to interested people.

New fellow in the Cichlid Room Companion: Anton Lamboj (05-Jan-2011)

I am proud to announce that we have a new fellow in the Cichlid Room Companion, Anton Lamboj. We in the Cichlid Room Companion are very thankful for his continuous support with quality cichlid information and his beautiful and numerous pictures of cichlids and their habitats, that significantly have helped to attain the goals of the site, to put at disposition of the world the best cichlid information available, organized in an easy to find manner.