Originally Posted by Pufferfish22
You're right, I can't get it in the UK, how much clove oil should I use? Is 2 drops in 1 litre too much?
I've never actually used a specific dosage. I usually move the fish to a small container then add 1-2 drops of clove oil. Gently swish it in, its oil and won't mix in much don't be bothered by this. The eugenol can actively diffuse from the oil into the water. Make sure you have a container of fresh water setup ideally with some aeration or use fresh dechlorinated tap water(w/ salt if you have that in the tank). Once you add the oil in with the fish watch the fish closely. He will probably freak out at first then slow down. Watch his behavior closely, particularly gill movement. There will be a point where he will begin to loose balance and probably turn sideways (most fish end up sideways then upside down). Leave him in there only until you feel like you can handle him safely without much struggling, this may be before he even looses balance. He does not need to be completely out. Do not wait once he is sedated enough to handle. Start trimming his beak and if he struggles too much put him back in the sedative. If he is out well enough to handle I would move him to the fresh water while working on his beak. Again watch gill movement through the entire thing. His breathing will slow but should be regular. If it becomes really slow then abort and put him in new water. Once done leave him in the new water and watch his breathing. He will take awhile to come back around and it will be gradual, a good 30 minuets is common so don't be worried. Once he is alert and able to swim normally and confidently he can go back in the tank. Watch him closely for the next few days to make sure he is in good health.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq65U-c2m00&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL"]This [/ame] This is a good video for sedating, he uses MS-22 but the process and behavior the fish goes through is the same as clove oil.
The last half of the above video shows recovery. Obviously not all of these techniques will be usable for small fish. Hopefully they will give you something to go off of and some confidence. Confidence is the biggest thing, sedating is fairly easy and safe on healthy fish.