Last year you were allowed to fill early, just no livestock. That way your tank could be cycled prior to the start date. Jim announced a specific saying the day that the contest started, and you had to take a picture of your tank with a paper with that saying on it to prove that your tank was "empty" on day 1.
+1 that's how it will be this year. So you can fill tank now if you want.
If anyone wants in and needs a smaller tank.. hit me up.. I have 5-10 smaller ones laying around the house. Anything from 3g up to 20g.
Got the go ahead from the owner of the company so I am all in. Picking up my replacement tank at lunch today.