A little more time and the inclination has yielded the source and solution for the auto login issues.
The forum cookie that holds your login information is set to ".cichlidae.com" and not ".cichlidae.info".
I have a feeling that those of you who are having issues are visiting ".info".What fixed it for me.
Enter the forum here:index.php
Login, making sure to check "Log me on automatically each visit"
Always make sure you enter the ".com" tld and not the ".info" tld and you will be logged in.