Good point. The dimensions of the footprint are more important than the actual gallonage.
Before you consider overstocking, you should make sure that you have adequate filtration (i.e. a sump and a canister filter) as well as having the least decoration possible so that no territory can be established, but a fish can hide if it is being picked on.
IMO I wouldn't go with much more than 7 or 8 but it is really going to depend on how well you take care of it, and don't overestimate yourself.
I am doing 9 in a 125, but they are only 3 inches right now, and trust me when they grow into the tank I will be there to upgrade, plus filtration I got it covered with 5 filters plus undergravel filtration I am a tankaholic though like some one said dont overestimate urself! If I wanted it to be comfortable for lifeish 5 is tops good luck!
6-7 would be my choice.. but I've been doing this method for awhile and known to overstock. It might seem awesome seeing a shitload of Ps (mixed or same species), but every good thing comes with something bad. More tank maintanence, more prone to disease/bacteria spreading faster to each fish, and more prone to having injuries, cassualties, and even deaths in your tank.
Stick with the minimum amount for awhile and learn more about the hobby... then progress into bigger and better things.
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