Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
Kodak and Jobo specifically specify to not pre-soak film when using Kodak XTOL developer.
I hadn't noticed this statement so ignorance was bliss for me as I pre-soaked TMax 400 for a full 5 mins to rid the film of the dye when using Xtol. The pre-soak rid the film of the dye very successfully and I didn't notice any problems with using a pre-soak as part of the development process.

The water in the OP's location may hold the key rather than whether a pre-soak or not is used