I was reading up on gas generator cycles and came across the following paragraph talking about fuel or oxidizer rich gas generators and the different mixture ratios for the main combustion chamber versus the gas generator (from Liquid Rocket Thrust Chambers, p. 637-638):
For a fuel-rich configuration, the mixture ratio of the gas generator flow, selected to maintain acceptable turbine temperature limits, is much lower than the mixture ratio of the main chamber. To maintain a nominal engine inlet mixture ratio, the main chamber must operate above the nominal mixture ratio to compensate for the lower mixture ratio in the gas generator. Similarly, for an oxidizer-rich configuration, the mixture ratio of the main chamber must operate below the nominal mixture ratio, because the mixture ratio of the gas generator is higher. Thus, for both configurations main chamber performance is reduced because the mixture ratio is further from the peak performance value.
Why would I care about the engine inlet mixture ratio? Why not pick one that gets both the gas generator and main combustion chamber their preferred mixture ratio?
I could only see it slightly affecting tank size and thus weight, but I don't see why that would be so drastic as to warrant a sub-optimal mixture ratio for the main combustion chamber.