From your description I thought at first it was a retained silver problem with your bleach (ie: not bleached enough or reusing bleach with out proper rep), but on seeing you shot of the negs I think your problem lies elsewhere. Could you have over developed it? Was the dev temp correct?
I don't have any experience with home kits but have 34 years experience with pro C41 processing. Standard machine C41 is dev 3' 15" @38C +/- 0.1C. The rest of the chemistery has a +/- 2C, you might even get away with more but I never tried it.
I have an older mercury thermometer that I calibrated using ice water. I'm fairly sure I kept it at 100°f for 3'15". I do know that I'm a pretty slow getting the developer in and out of the tank, so I may have overdeveloped them. I couldn't have done it for any more than 5 seconds, though. Would that cause such a dark film base?
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