As I was busy in the darkroom this afternoon, I noticed that the paper, being soaked in developper, leaves some developper in the stop bath. This is not a problem. But then, after staying in the stop bath, the paper transits to the fixer, and bring some stop bath in the fixer. After my printing session, I noticed that the fixer had a slight yellowish color whose origin is without doubt the indicator stop bath.
Now, does this stop bath affect either the shelf life of the contaminated fixer and/or the capacity to fix the nominal number of 8x10 sheets of paper ?
Would it make sense to use a short water bath before dipping the paper in the fixer ?