Overstocked? Should I return Barbs?

Nawirl

I’ve read a lot of the stocking posts but have a specific question regarding my Cherry Barbs and stocking.
I have 55 gallon tank with Fluval 306 and an air stone. Live and plastic plants.
5 Cory cats
4 fancy guppies
2 endlers livebearers
1 dwarf gourami
5 red eye tetras
3 juvenile platy
4 otocinclus (although 2 may be gone)
4 cherry barbs (impulse buy, smh)

So I just added the cherry barbs, all female and LFS only had the 4. Question is should I return the barbs for a more appropriately stocked tank, or go ahead and add a couple males, if I can find any?
 

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Ghelfaire

If you can find males, adding 2 or 3 should be fine
 

Fishyfishyfishman

On a side note will fish that like heavily planted tanks be okay if you use plastic plants? will they still feel comfortable with plastic not counting For the bonus in water quality they give?
 

Nawirl

On a side note will fish that like heavily planted tanks be okay if you use plastic plants? will they still feel comfortable with plastic not counting For the bonus in water quality they give?
I have a mix of live vs plastic plants. I am slowly replacing the plastic with live. I am a first time aquarium keeper and don’t want to bite off more than I can chew all at once.
I imagine all fish would prefer live plants…
 

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