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40 gallon breeder - is it overstocked?

Here's the stocking I'm hoping for:

9 Aeneus Corycats
1 Longfin Albino Bristlenose Pleco, female
5 Amano Shrimp
2 Mystery Snails

6 male Platies - I don't have any females, so there will be no breeding to increase their numbers
9 Harlequin Rasboras
9 Gold Tetras
1 Bolivian Ram

I'm wondering if I have room for both of those schools, or if I need to take out the Gold Tetras. It seemed right along max stocking to me with all that, but I like to check my stocking against aqadvisor (after I've done all the research, of course) and aim for 75%ish, but this stocking is rating considerably higher. I don't know if that is because it doesn't have an option for all male Platies so it thinks I would be overstocked by breeding, or if I am overstocked with just the 6 Platies. I hadn't planned on getting this many Platies originally, but I ended up with a harsh pecking order between the males, and I had to get more to spread out the aggression so no single Platy was picked on more than it could handle.

Tank info: 7.4 pH, 11 dGH, 75 degrees, established and cycled for many months, 1 Aquaclear 70 filter with customized media and 1 Fluval C3 filter, bubble wand. Smooth black sand substrate, sandstone, and aquatic spider wood boiled so that it will no longer produce tannins.
Moderately planted with: Subwassertang, Christmas Moss, Duckweed, Dwarf Saggitaria, Staurogyne repens, Dwarf Lily, Anacharis, Cryptocyrne wendtii, Dwarf African Water Fern, a couple types of Anubias, Java Fern windelov, and Bacopa.

I already have the Corycats, Dwarf Pleco, Shrimp, Snails, and Platies in this 40 gallon breeder. I'm hoping to move the Rasboras, Tetras, and Bolivian Ram from another tank into this 40 gallon breeder. So the types of fish is not really something I can change at this point, it's just a matter of whether I keep them in this tank or continue to have them split up among multiple aquariums.
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