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Am I going to be overstocked?

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Hi all,

New to the forum and the hobby for that matter. Big thanks to all the contributors here, I've used this forum extensively to guide me through initial purchases and setup.

That being said, I'm setting up my first planted aquarium. My current setup:
21 gallon tall aquarium
Eheim 2217 filter (got it 3 months used for $30, I know it's a bit over kill but it was a good deal)
pressurized co2 through an ADA diffuser
75 watt heater
Eco-Complete black substrate
Seachem flourish/potassium/phosphate/nitrogen/tabs for ferts

My stocking plans (which have not yet begun):
1 betta (have this guy from a small fish bowl I've kept for a while, can't leave him behind)
6 tiger barbs
1 blue dward gourami
6 zebra or leopard Danio's
1 Angelfish
5-10 red cherry shrimp or ghost shrimp... haven't quite decided yet

Monte Carlo to carpet the floor
Java moss to try and get going on the rocks

I'm going to try and plant the tank this week and let it get through its cycle. After that, I'll start adding fish a few at a time.

My main concern is overstocking. The tank will be very well filtered and I'm planning on 30% weekly water changes. Am I pushing it with these fish/quantity mentioned here? Should I just carefully watch the tank parms as I gradually stock and discontinue adding the fish above if readings start to look not so healthy?

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Thank you Ethan,

That is some great advice. Yeah, it was really the Angel that I figured would be pushing it. I also like the idea of having 10 or so tigers instead of a small school of tigers and danios. Also, good thinking with the betta, very curious to see how he interacts with new "friends". Hopefully with enough tigers, they won't be tempted to bother the betta, I'll keep my betta tank just in case.

Thanks again,

Starting to lean towards something besides tigers... seeing lots of people having aggression issues with them, especially in a 20 gallon.
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