any tips on developing at home? anything like chemical upkeep, hanging negatives
(i'm starting with b&w development because i can't think of a way to maintain a high temperature for color developing chemicals)
Get good reels, I cheaped out got some shitty steel ones and the learning curve to use them was pretty rough. Store your chems in containers designed for photo chems. You can find them at B&H or other major camera stores. One thing I wish I invested in was a film squeegee, I use my fingers but it really doesnt do much and I get water spots.
B&W is really forgiving. For instance, I've developed a few rolls at 75 instead of 68 and things came out just fine. Just follow the process for film you're using and you'll end up fine.
The first few rolls you develop probably won't come out too great, so just go out and shoot. Don't try so hard on the photos. I find developing your own film is a lot more fun and turns photography into a whole other hobby imo.