Thanks for all the advice!!!
i went down to the LFS
this past weekend and picked up about 15 lbs of LR
, a bottle of frozon pods
(Marine Plankton), 2 more cleaner shrimps, 5 snails, and 2 hermit crabs.
my mandarin fish's sides are nice and round so i guess i did have a decent pod population in my tank.
i feed my tank about 2-3 times daily. either 1/4 to a 1/3 of a teaspoon of tetra marine flakes, or a cube of the formula1 frozen food, or live brine shrimp. and now 2 squirts of the (MP) along with the other food.
i also picked up a fluval 404 filter system for my tank this weekend since one of my powerheads stopped working.
i probably have a total of about 40-50 lbs of LR
. so i'll go get more next weekend.
i forgot to mention (since i barely see him) that i also have a purple lobster.
and thanks for the warm welcome. this forum is most informative.