Thanks guys (and/or girls), I had of course been googling the issue and heard more people less than happy with their particular stabilizer. I'm not yet sure that I want to continue with colour negs but if i do i will just get one of those Fuji Hunt kits- those are popular and therefore must be good I guess.
The tip about the fotoflo+water final rinse is also an option, even if it takes two year off PE's life. To PE: I encountered many of your posts about this and other issues. It's great having you around, you really know your stuff.