I am in the first week of cycling 3 identical 10 gallon tanks and I'm fascinated that despite being exactly the same in terms of size, water, equipment, dosing etc. they're already showing different results after a few days. I know people say every tank is unique, but this is so interesting to me! Has anyone else ever done this and seen the same thing?
All three have the following:
1 internal corner filter (with ceramic media and sponges, air-driven)
1 corner sponge filter
1 Hydor heater at the highest temp (currently measuring 86 degrees in tanks B and C, 85 degrees in tank A)
Daily dosing with Seachem Stability
Pure ammonia dosed in all three on 6/1 (it hasn't come down far enough quite yet to dose again)
1 7500K NICREW LED light
Tanks A and C had visible bacterial blooms on day 3 and started showing nitrates on day 4. Tank A seems to be the furthest along. Tank B has not had a visible bacterial bloom but did start showing a slight nitrate reading on 6/5.
I probably wouldn't be testing all the water parameters daily if it were just one tank but this is so cool to me that I'll continue.