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    Jobo: How Often Do You Dump the Bath Water?

    For the small CPE2 and the large CPA/CPP, how often do you dump the bath water? A week?

    The water could have some spilled chemicals and may start to smell bad....
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    I dump after each use.
    Quote Originally Posted by RedSun View Post
    For the small CPE2 and the large CPA/CPP, how often do you dump the bath water? A week?

    The water could have some spilled chemicals and may start to smell bad....

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    I dump when I know I'm not going to be using it for more than about two days - though this often works out to after each time I use it. I usually have batches of sheet film to process at a time so I fill my CPA2 a few hours ahead (or the previous evening), process my film and empty the unit until the next time. Only occasionally does a processing "run" take me into a second day - usually laziness on my part or sudden external demands that take me out of the darkroom.

    I don't want "things" growing in my Jobo, it's hard to clean into the nooks and crannies around the pump and heater.

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    I have left water in mine for a couple days when I am using it steady but dump it when I know it won't be used the next day.

    BTW, I found that when my tank starts leaking solution into the water it is time to change out the o-ring on the lid. CatLabs has them and they cost very little. You could probably even find them at your local hardware store.
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    I got a bottle of bacteriostat for household room humidifiers that I periodically pour a capful into the bath water immediately prior to running a batch of film. That keeps the stink and the scum from forming in the water bath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Carnie View Post
    I dump after each use.
    This. I use it every few months and do film for a couple of days in batches. I may leave it in overnight if I'm going to process film again the next day (very common) or if I'm too tired to fully clean up that night (fairly common) but I don't let it sit with water in it for more than overnight.

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    I empty it as soon as I am done processing for the day. I usually don't start the processor up until I have a lot of film do do. Most of the time the processor sits empty between runs.

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    Re-filling when temperated water is available from the tap also means saving the time for heating up the bath water.

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    I filled mine when I bought it about four months ago. Seems to be fine, I just top it off when I need to run some film which is every couple of weeks at most. My darkroom is a cool, dry environment and I have good tap water. So far nothing is growing in there, YMMV of course. A bit of dust on the top from sitting there, I keep meaning to make a lid out of plexiglass to keep the dust out and the water from evaporating.

    Mine in the opposite corner of the room from the sink or I might be inclined to drain it once in a while.

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    every time Iuse it.
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