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    I just put a few drops in the tank after the wash. Once the film is hung, I do wash the reel and tank well and wipe with a clean towel then rinse with very hot water again. I've never had problems with foaming (not to say I never will, I suppose).

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    Is this use of Photoflow problematic?

    I had issues using wetting agent (a comercial brand from Brazil) and D96 replenished for eastman double-x. After using the solution 10 times and properly replenishing it (it should last for 20-25 times), I started to see some kind of "slime" at the glass bottle, and it started to foam when agitated. Don't know if I forgot to wash the tank between sessions, but I had to dump it.


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    Is it possible to transfer the film into a dedicated tank for the sole purpose of Photoflo (without a reel)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarageBoy View Post
    Is it possible to transfer the film into a dedicated tank for the sole purpose of Photoflo (without a reel)
    Yes, but you don't need a tank. A ~1 litre plastic container of any sort that lacks ridges or crevasses works just as well - think re-purposed kitchen measuring graduate, yogurt container, sour cream container, et al - just mark it for darkroom use only.
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    Is this use of Photoflow problematic?

    Yes. I now use a large plastic tub and remove film from the reel before putting it into the photoflo solution. I originally used Ilfotol in the Paterson tank with no problems. I bought Photoflo last year when I couldn't get Ilfotol. I've had foaming problems ever since, despite thoroughly cleaning everything after each session (I have always done that). I now use the separate tub, but my tanks still foam! I wonder if the Photoflo formula changed at some point in the recent past? Alex.

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    Photo-flo 200 and Photo-flo 600 are two different beasties, if you have been changing around any.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Muir View Post
    Yes. I now use a large plastic tub and remove film from the reel before putting it into the photoflo solution. I originally used Ilfotol in the Paterson tank with no problems. I bought Photoflo last year when I couldn't get Ilfotol. I've had foaming problems ever since, despite thoroughly cleaning everything after each session (I have always done that). I now use the separate tub, but my tanks still foam! I wonder if the Photoflo formula changed at some point in the recent past? Alex.
    Pulling the film off the reel before photoflo'ing it will often cause fine scratches where the corners of the film rub against the emulsion. Leave it on the reel for protection while it's in photoflo; a quick rinse under the hot tap will completely clean the reel once the film is hung up.

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    Out of curiosity, if PhotoFlo is causing all of those issues, why are people using it, and not something benign like Ilfotol or LFN? Or do those cause the same problems? I've had none yet...
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    Is this use of Photoflow problematic?

    I only used Photoflo because my stockist was out of the other stuff. I didn't expect it to be any different, or I would not have used it. I will be returning to Ilfotol, especially after reading this thread. I could use it in the tank without any problem. Although I wash everything after use, I avoid hot water as I understood this could distort Paterson plastic reels. Alex.

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    You can use Photoflo in the tank without any problem too.

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