Pictured below is an easy setup that anyone can put together as a makeshift operating table.
It is best to get everything ready prior to beginning any procedure.
The sliminess keeps the cradle material from adhering to and stripping the slime coat.
Lay the fish in the cradle in such a way that it is easy to work on the area of the fish that needs the attention.
As you can see, I have all the things needed already in place, and within easy reach.
You will also notice that I have a homemade cradle to hold the sedated patient for ease of working.
That is why it is important to tend to these wounds as soon as feasible before they get to a non- repairable state.
You can, however, use just about any type of properly sized plastic Rubbermaid tub as well.
The main thing is to have it sized so as not to allow the fish too much room to jump out.
Sedation is easily accomplished with a number of compounds mixed in water, but one of the most widely used by hobbyist is simply oil of cloves.
Oil of cloves, or Clove oil can be purchased at any drug store.