I think im going to go with 5 neons this is my reasoning:
peacemaker92 has a 8 gal planted cardinal tank so im guessing thats about 6 cardinals push 2 inches while neons stay around 1 sooooo
6 2 inch fish= 12 inches in a 8 gal
5 1 inch plus a 1.5= 6.5 in a 5.5 gal now whos more overstocked?
I may be the only one to notice this but tetras arent very good for cycling tanks they need decent water quality and don't take well to the cycling process. Try and ger some hadier better fish to cycle with like platys and danios work the best!
Ya im going to return the mean, and before next christmas this tank is going to be upgraded to a 27 gallon hex (i already have just dont have the space) but the tank looks so empty with one DWARF platy.