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"As Bill Troop says in A&T, ..."

And the greater the alkalinity the better; up to " 10.5 ".
From rec.photo.darkroom. There in years gone by Bill has
gone to great lengths discussing the alkaline fix.

"...rapid washing for the same reason."
"The swell, introduced by the alkalinity,
is the key here."

The emulsion becomes more fluid, watery.
Absorbtion and Desorbtion also play a part.
How about an alkaline wash, running or still
water? The later I do, few but long soaks.
After all isn't archival also alkaline? Dan