Mr. Bill, all these starter chemicals and seasoning efforts are meaningless here because keyofnight uses a kit that doesn't have or need these things. He uses a kit that you mix according to (poorly written) instructions, then use for a dozen rolls or so, then discard. Since there is no continuous operation, and temperature control if flaky at best with hand inversion tanks, control strips are mostly pointless.

The problems, that keyofnight reported, were most likely resolved around August 1st, and with correctly mixed components keyofnight will likely get very nice and printable negatives like most other users of C41 home dev kits including myself.