Hello All- I have recently set up a color darkroom at my house and I am attempting to use the steel wool silver recovery method. I'm on a tight budget and it's just me so I only generate about 5 gallons of used blix (and blix rinse water) per session. I use RA4 chemisrty-in case there is a difference between color and B&W fix reclamation. The research I did before hand made it seem very simple: bucket, steel wool, sit over night, dump everything except the sludge. It may not be the cleanest way but I don't mind the mess of pouring off buckets of treated chemistry. But I have found myself unsure after actually trying it. So can someone tell me the following: - how much steel wool do I need to use to effectively treat a 5 gallon bucket of used blix/rinse water? - how often do i need to change the steel wool? - how do you know when the silver has seperated out? Does the water change color b/c from the top of a full bucket (with steel wool in the bottom) it all looks the same. right now I have 1 pack of steel wool (~8-10 bundles) in the bottom and after letting it sit over night i pour off all the fluid to the top of the wool. I just don't want to go through the trouble of doing this if I'm not actually achieving anything and it's important to me to be as safe as possible. Any insight would be much appreciated. Thanks!