I have used Hamilton (by no means ever use hamilton) 10Ks, and Coralvue 20Ks, and here is my experience. 1.) the coralvue 20Ks are bad to the bone as far as color IMO
, very natural looking, not too blue at all even with two 420nm's 2.) I have never seen a photograph posted on any of the comparison sites, or in any books that does justice to what a bulb will actually look like to you in your tank, and IME
its going to be trial and error really until you get what you want. When these coralvues run their course I am going to get a pair of XMs to try them out, however I'll be ordering a pair of coralvues along with them as a trusty backup. I love that bulb.
Oh, Kevin... if you read this I am interested in a comparison from you about CV/XM aesthetically. I have a feeling we have different tastes for color temp, however it would be interesting. Take care and good luck on your bulb quests!
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-30G LTAnemonarium with mated porcelain crabs, 10 sexy shrimp, and 2 pink skunks all tied into the other 135G in my system.