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Ohhh, Shiny! Thank you Jools :).

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Barbie wrote:Ohhh, Shiny! Thank you Jools :).

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Not nearly done yet, but working on it! :-)

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Time passes...

The forum is upgraded to phpbb3.2, the look and feel is a little bit more up-to-date.

@Bullfishkeeping reports that the Cat-eLog search isn't working for searches in inches. I recently pulled several mm to inch calculations into one place and reckon that this has caused the issue, so, as I have 30 mins this morning, I go look.

I find that there is a layout issue with an extra bar above the "The database can be accessed" text and also I don't like the "Species search" text as it isn't styled correctly and is too large. I fix the layout, but run out of time to check the search...
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Well, that wasn't too hard. In the end, it was because I was using the wrong conversion function. So, searching the cat-elog using inches as one of the parameters now works.

Trying to ID this doradid, I stumble across the fact the two species of Ossancora are not in the cat-elog, fortunately, I have a paper with pictures in it I have permission to use, so edit them out and add them into the site.

Reviewing what else is going on around the site, I note @Silurus has added a load of new images of "proper" catfishes from Asia - mostly from the catfish family Sisoridae. Great stuff!

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Re-reading this thread reminds me what a great job you do Jools, and what a fantastic resource PC is, that we often take for granted!

I know a few people who need to read this, when they wonder why their favourite fishies haven't been moved or renamed etc! :-\
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Thanks Mark, yes, when fishes get renamed it pleases some and irritates others. Keeping up-to-date is a challenge and we've been burned a few times in the past by adopting new names too quickly. There are quite a few loricariids that are in the queue...

This morning, I've added some nice pictures of Hemiloricaria stewarti a good Scottish name ( :)) ) and a welcome contribution by @Kamas88.

I then got bogged down in some database admin / optimisation stuff which burned nearly two hours, it will have no visible impact beyond things won't slow down (because of it).

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This morning I posted a long overdue video of Rita chrysea sent in by long-time Planet contributor @shovelnose. He has also written a CotM, which is now online. I took the (perhaps odd) decision to post this for April 2017. This is odd as I have not posted a CotM since August 2015! I need to get writing...

The thought of writing 19 odd CotM articles does fill me with dread! If I do two a month, it will take me about 10 months to catch-up. However, I can at least do that by publishing them in the past.

Also looked at two re-validated Rhamdia that @LFinley58 brought to my attention / posted in Science News.

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Hi Jools, you're awesome you know that :d Doing a great job! And I do very much admire your determination to get things done, even when there is little or no feedback for your work.
If only I could split myself into at least two other me's than I could do more to help out.. I promise you now, I will write an article for the COTM too. So that will leave only 9,5 months to catch up then \:d/ It's the little things that count right :d

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That's kind Jac, thank you and it means a lot coming from you (official international speaker !). I see the stats, I can see how many unknown humans use the site every day, every hour. That is is free and good quality information that is served up (for nearly 20 years now) means a lot to me. I have sat down to write about Panaqolus tankei this morning, first time I've woken up to write at the weekend in a very long time. It feels good and the coffee is strong!

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Good morning all. This morning, following some time off for Easter, I decided first to tackle a bug @Dave Rinaldo reported. Got it fixed - quite an obscure one which is noted in that post. I spent a few moments still pondering the fact I am not any good at telling several Pims apart when they are young (Cheirocerus, Exallodontusand Pinirampus) but remain, therefore undefinsibly, unsure of some pics of Pinirampus. Realising I'm about to burn two hours reading up on them, I press on with something else...

I add pictures of the two species of Brazilian Rhamdia recently re-validated. It took a while to touch up the photos as published - they're a bit 1947 - but as I have always said, one mediocre picture is better than nothing. This means I am nearly caught up on email to three weeks ago!

Next in my email inbox is something from long time Planet friend Johnny Jensen (@jjphoto) has been visiting Ingo Seidel in Germany, lots of pics to work on. I quickly add one which was lying around from a prior visit to Pier Aquatics and then get sidetracked by some other images. Most were taken by Dave Snell at the fish US catcon over 10 years ago! Time to add them, however they are mostly cichlids and killifishes; so they will appear on AR.

Checking them out, I notice the layout of AR is off. Doh! 30 minutes fixing the CSS and it's all back to how it should be and the pics look good.

Meanwhile @Jac has sent over a CotM article. Great! I was thinking over the weekend that I might write a series of articles about fishes that I encountered in the Rio Xingu trip of a year and a half ago. That might bring in 3 or 4 new entries and aid with the catch-up. @Shovelnose too has promised more (brown fish are cool).
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@Jac 's CotM is online here!

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☺ for both of you.

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Thank you Jools :-BD

I will get back to you this week about the email ;-)
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Thanks!

Today I edited and added a bunch of photos and videos, most of which taken at the mighty Pier Aquatics in Wigan. Thanks, as always, to @sojapat for making an amazing number of fishes available to us all.

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Last week was a washout. The culmination of months of work (actually, two years, on and off) to deliver the Scottish local government elections resulted in a great success, but lots of time involved. Saturday I spent in a warehouse unloading returning trucks with the team, Sunday I spent out in the garden in glorious sunshine.

So, I just didn't get past Otocinclus arnoldi last week - I learned about it's re-validation and split it out into its own new species entry. Thanks to @Bekateen for adding some data and pics last week too. This morning I'm working through some emails to catch-up.

One thing I did do last week was re-factor one of the background scripts that @MatsP wrote to check our database against CoF. Originally, this was designed to monitor sub-families but it does a few other things too.

First thing it found were several genera with no species. So, I've removed them.

-01- Genus Ailiichthys(genus id=472) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Archpolites(genus id=1096) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Coreobagrus(genus id=1073) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Etsaputu(genus id=748) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Euchiloglanis(genus id=322) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Eutropiichthys(genus id=41) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Hara(genus id=51) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Hito(genus id=354) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Hypoptopomatinae(genus id=158) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Liauchenoglanis(genus id=765) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Lipopterichthys(genus id=641) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Loraxichthys(genus id=804) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Nannoptopoma(genus id=315) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Neotropius(genus id=96) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Oligancistrus(genus id=83) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Pelteobagrus(genus id=476) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Platyglanis(genus id=372) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Pseudobagrus(genus id=402) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Pteropangasius(genus id=337) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Sandelia(genus id=635) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Somileptes(genus id=686) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Trichopodus(genus id=712) appears to have no members
-01- Genus Tylochromis(genus id=600) appears to have no members

Eutropiichthys,Trichopodus and Tylochromis were duplicates, only removed the extra one.

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I'm still not past Otocinclus arnoldi! Worked late last night, so being a bit tired I decided to add a new catfish picture to the top left "cartoons" that rotate every 15 mins. You may not have noticed but the so-called favicon changes too. These were old, old pictures that I made into small icons for the browser tab. With the advent of different ways of "favouriting" a website, I've always meant to modernise these.

The existing favicons were also just nice pics of catfish I had used, so I replaced them with favicons of all the "cartoons" so branding is consistent. On safari you get nice silhouettes, one windows metro similar and lots of different sizes of icon are available for other things that people can do.

Many thanks to top artist @craft for the graphic used.

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Jools wrote: Wed May 10, 2017 7:23 amI'm still not past Otocinclus arnoldi!
Ask and ye shall receive: New photos from a new member (thanks, Enzo :-) )

Otocinclus arnoldi

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Thanks Eric, this morning I fixed a bug on the front page and added a new pic for CW139. Not a lot of time or progress, but a little! Tomorrow I plan to tackle Spectracanthicus zuanoni - long overdue!

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Following on from the discussion here, I have began to move Spectracanthicus around.

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:-BD And another thank you for all your hard work. It is much appreciated.
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