C-41 First Timer; Add Photo-Flo to Stabilizer?

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    I ordered a Tetenal C-41 kit from B&H and mixed it up and processed a roll of Fuji Pro 160S that I shot in my Holga. It's drying now, and the processing went off (relatively) trouble free. The Blix caused my tank to leak (I didn't know I had to burp as often as I found out I need to). Thankfully the top didn't blow off, but I did get some Blix on my hands.

    The Stabilizer included in the kit is just Hexamine, no wetting agent that was listed on the ingredients. Would it be detrimental to add half a mL of Photo-Flo 200 to my 1L of Stabilizer?
     
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    Thanks for the link! I'll add some Photo-Flo to my Stabilizer.

    One more thing: if I cross-process slide film in my chemistry, will it cause it to expire more quickly, or is it the same as processing a C-41 roll?
     
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    I don't know which films I'll XPro, or if I will ever do it at all. I've never done it, or seen xpro'd film, so I guess I just want to try it.

    Plan on using my Tetenal kit for mostly Portra 160 with my Pentax LX, maybe some Fuji Pro 160S in 120 or Ektar 100 as well.
     
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    PhotoFlo should not be added to or used instead of stabilizer. PE has posted that many times.

    Next we will be hearing about adding liquid dishwashing soap to stabilizer. <<sigh>>
     
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    Every time I've added Photo-Flo to stabilizer, I've ended up with marks and streaks on my film, as if the Photo-Flo simply beads up on the surface of the film. They're easily removed with a damp cloth, but still, it isn't worth the hassle. Don't use Photo-Flo with C-41 film, just the stabilizer. Sirius, PE, et. al., are absolutely right.