I wouldnt get a mandarin just to get rid of pods
. Unless of course you;ve always wanted a mandarin.
Most fish will eat them. You might be going through a pod explosion, it happens from time to time. Then the colony stabilizes and you have less.
Just make sure its a constant thing having the a zillion pods
cause a mandarin will eat through through hundred if not a thousand pods
a day. Mine literally hunts for pods
24/7. Thats all they do.