who eats pods
Here is my short list of known pod eaters, from my personal observations. You don't HAVE to just get a mandrin. Remember, you have to sustain that population to keep a mandrin alive. Same for a seahorse. If you have any of these fish, or get them, they will dent that population of pods
to some extent.
seahorse - will hunt 90% of the time for them
mandrins - do nothing but hunt for them
pygmy angel - do nothing but hunt for them
long nose hawk - if they see one in the day time, it's gone
midas blenny - same as a hawk
shrimp goby - any pod that gets seen while these guys are in/arround their 'home' is history.
mini-gobys (neon, red-head, clown and probably all other gobies that are less than 1- 1.5 inches fully grown) will eat any pod they find in a heartbeat, if they can fit it in their mouth
I would suspect that pretty much all the dwarf angels will eat them too, if they find them while grazing the rock.
That is a very short list of what comes to mind that I have SEEN eating these pods
, it is by no means complete.