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I have been out of touch with the hobby for awhile so I am wondering if there is anything new in the realm of 400 watt MH.

I have had a 14K Hamilton. I liked it a lot but was looking for something that may give my aquarium a little more wow power.

I currently have a XM 10K and I find it too yellow for my taste and it seems to wash out the color of the coral.

Any new articles on the subject? Opinions, Suggestions, Comments?
 

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400W - XM 20K seem to be the bulb most people are talking about on TRT. lots of power and lots of blue.
 

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I would go with 14k's then.

Question on the XM bulbs and any MH ballast run them? I am slowly thinking about starting a coral farm again and have two PFO dual 250 Watt ballasts. For some reason I thought XM bulbs needed HQI ballasts!
 

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My good old M59 balast fires the bulb well and is listed as supported by XM. I did really like my Hamilton 14K, but I would love to hear opinions on other 14 & 15K bulbs. They are a bit too expensive to buy them just to experiment.
 

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Thanks for the site, it reinforces my idea that I am pretty sure I want something in the 14000K range, now I just have to figure out the best 14000K bulb that can be run on a M59 ballast
 
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