WELT DER CICHLIDEN
Konings is worldwide known as one of the biggest cichlid's expert
and mostly among Malawi enthusiast his name is highly regarded. Once
the CD is loaded in its drive (and an "autorun" feature
launches the program automatically and a start program shows all the
"credits" that have to be given) You're ready to go: this
Cd (whose title, simply, means "The World of Cichlids")
has a multilingual layout offering a three way choice
front page shows four option to enter:
by mean of some awesome pictures and some graphicss the minimal
technical requisite of a "real" Malawi tanks are
discussed. This matter should be well known by every clever cichlid
keeper but, just in case ... Technical data are shown in
"european" measures which means Celcius degrees and metric
lenghts. A minimal bibliography is also offered but, strangely
enough, only books by Ad Konings are suggested …
Fish: this section
hosts the maximum amout of data AND pictures (not that strange,
after all!) with a huge array of seach options. Among the
"odd" things is worth remembering the option allowing You
to identify (and search) a fish, choosing among given
"icons", my mean of his shape (mouth, fins, tail and so
on), colours and/or melanic pattern. Selecting one, or more, of them
all fishes sharing that given carachter(s) are shown.
By means of a "Click"
on a name it's possible to get directly a pic (at
least) of the needed species and a short data-sheet including, among
others, data such as: maximum attained size, temperament, feeding
and spawning behaviour, minimal tank size and so on. In my (humble)
opinion the minimal tank size is always, roughly, understimated.
Full screen: this
option allows to stretch pics to the maximum size of your monitor,
to enjoy all details.
option allows a continuous viewing of all (or only the selected
ones) available pics.
Video: Contains two
long "videos" ("above" and "below" the
lake). Viewing these videos requires a lot of computer resources and
average image quality isn't, always, the best possible. Any way they
are really interesting - mainly the "underwater"
section offeringing to the viewer a lot of suggestions on his own
Exit: allows you to
stop the program and return to main menu.
To place an order for
this CD-ROM, you may visit
www.mediamarketing.de/cichlid Price: 25 Euro, shipping costs: 5
Euro for Germany, 8 Euro elsewhere.
Cd is produced by Infobase Press (If interested E-Mail them at:
InfobasP@itsnet.com) and I, really, appreciated it a lot; it brings
You lot of info availabe at ACA (American Cichlid Association) by
means of reproduction of articles published along a 28 years period!
the "set-up" program has been, easily, launched (WIN95)
and icons are available on your desk-top it's possible to go through
the material. You're offered a three option menu:
Containing lot of info on ACA (its foundation,
membership and so on); in reality this part is stricltly related to
the American environment.
On bookshelves lots of "books" (actually
book shaped icons) are shown: one for each year and each one
containing the covers of all the issues published in that given
year. By means of a furter "click" you will get, at last,
where the real thing is.
Contains instructions in the form of icons on how to
move among different menus. Pay attention on how you use the
"search engine" since this is the only way you have to get
where the information you asked for is located.
Pc IBM compatible:
386sx or better, 4 MB RAM (minimum), CD-ROM. Operating system:
Windows 3.1 or better. Monitor: VGA 256 colors. Hard disk drive,
System 7 or better: 68020 or better, 4 MB RAM (minimum), CD-ROM,